Eagle Air (Iceland)

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Eagle Air Iceland
EagleAir Iceland logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedÍsafjörður, Iceland (1970)
HubsReykjavik Airport
Fleet size6[1]
HeadquartersReykjavik Airport, Iceland
Key peopleHörður Guðmundsson & Jónína Guðmundsdóttir

Eagle Air (Icelandic name: Flugfélagið Ernir) is an Icelandic airline. It is based at Reykjavík Airport and offers domestic flights, charter services, and adventure tours in Iceland.

Company history[edit]

Eagle Air British Aerospace BAe-3212 Jetstream Super 31 at Reykjavik Airport

Eagle Air was founded in 1970 by Hörður Guðmundsson and his family as a transportation and security link in the Westfjords, one of the most remote parts of Iceland. The airline’s initial focus was on ambulance and mail services. Propeller-driven aircraft operated by Eagle Air included the Helio Courier, Britten-Norman Islander, Piper Aztec, Piper Chieftain, Cessna Titan, de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, Cessna 206 and Cessna 185.[2] Eagle Air also had a domestic charter flight component, which moved into the international arena in the early 1980s. Eagle Air flew charters to airports in Iceland, Greenland, Scandinavia and Europe.[citation needed]

According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), in 1983 Eagle Air was operating scheduled jet service with Boeing 737-200 aircraft between Keflavik International Airport (KEF) and several destinations in western Europe including Amsterdam (AMS), Düsseldorf (DUS) and Zurich (ZRH). [3] At the time Eagle Air was flying Boeing 737 combi aircraft, which can be operated either in an all-passenger configuration or to carry a mixed load of passengers and freight on the main deck.[4] By 1989, the airline had expanded its scheduled Boeing 737-200 service to western Europe with Brussels (BRU), Geneva (GVA), Hamburg (HAM), Milan (MXP) and Munich (MUC) being added to its route network.[5] Eagle Air also operated other jet aircraft types in the past in charter operations including the Boeing 707, Boeing 720B and the stretched Douglas DC-8-61 ("Super DC-8").[6]

Eagle Air ceased operations in 1995 and was refounded in Reykjavík in 2003, in 2007 taking over service to destinations where Air Iceland stopped flying.[2] It began scheduled services to Árneshreppur, Bíldudalur, Höfn, and Sauðárkrókur, and in August 2010 to Heimaey in the Westman Islands.[7]

Scheduled flight destinations[edit]

From Reykjavík Airport to:

Air charter services[edit]

Ambulance flights[edit]

Eagle Air has decades of experience in ambulance flights, and flies aircraft with pressurised cabins that can fly above weather for patient comfort. Oxygen and oxygen masks are on board, and a doctor and/or medical crew can be arranged if requested.


Eagle Air operates freight flights to any location in Iceland, overseas or at sea.

Aerial photography[edit]

Eagle Air has aircraft which are well suited for aerial photography, livestock inventory, and other similar projects. These assignments can be undertaken in Iceland or abroad, over land or sea.

Current fleet[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ "Icelandic Aircraft Register". Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Flugsagan" (in Icelandic). The Icelandic Aviation Museum. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1983 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport flight schedules
  4. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Summer 1984 Eagle Air timetable
  5. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, April 1, 1989 Eagle Air timetable
  6. ^ Eagle Air (Iceland) - Image Results
  7. ^ "Eagle Air Launches Flights to Westman Islands". Iceland Review. 30 January 2014 [4 August 2010].
  8. ^ "Tveir komust lífs af". Tíminn (in Icelandic). 8 April 1986. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Þrýsti barninu að mér og reyndi að verja konuna mína". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 9 April 1986. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Ísing og niðurstreymi orsök flugslyssins?". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 7 April 1986. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Fórst með flugvél í Ísafjarðardjúpi". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 22 January 1987. Retrieved 1 January 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Eagle Air of Iceland at Wikimedia Commons