Text on back: "Icelandic Airlines Loftleidir - The Great Circle Route between the Continent of Europe and North America via Iceland."
Remarks by Jack McKillop:
"Loftleidir, the Icelandic airline, flew international routes and
owned a total of six DC-6Bs between December 1959 and April 1973.
These six aircraft are listed below sorted by registration:
TF-FIP: DC-6B, c/n 43549, named "Solfaxi". This was
ex SAS LN-LML, Thai International HS-TGB and SAS SE-XBO purchased by
Loftleidir from SAS on January 4, 1964." It was sold to Delta Air
Transport of Belgium on April 18 1972 and re-registered OO-RVG.
TF-ISC: DC-6B, c/n 43744, named "Skyfaxi". This was
ex SAS OY-KME and Thai International HS-TGA leased to Loftleidir by
SAS and delivered it on February 25, 1961; SAS sold it to Loftleidir
on June 23, 1961. It was sold to Concare Aircraft Leasing in the
US in April 1973 and re-registered N19CA.
TF-LLA, DC-6B, c/n 44120, named "Leifur Eiriksson;"
it was subsequently renamed "Bjarni Herjolfsson" and
"Thorsteinn Eiriksson". This is ex Pan American
"Clipper Mermaid", N5120V, sold to Loftleidir by Pan Am and
entered service on December 7, 1959. The aircraft was leased to
Transavia of the Netherlands on May 1, 1968 registered PH-TRD and sold
to Flughjalp of Iceland on May 1, 1969 registered TF-LLA.
TF-LLB, DC-6B, c/n 44118, named "Snorri Sturluson."
This is ex Pan American "Clipper John Alden," N5118V,
purchased from Pan Am on March 9, 1960. The aircraft was leased to
Transavia of the Netherlands and registered PH-TRE between April 26,
1961 and October 3, 1968. It was sold to Transavia on February 7, 1969
and registered PH-TRE.
TF-LLD, DC-6B, c/n 44117, named "Eirikur Raudi".
This is ex Pan American "Clipper De Soto", later
"Clipper Berlin", N6117C purchased from Pan Am on August 12
1961. The aircraft was leased to Transavia of the Netherlands and
registered PH-TRL on October 23, 1968; upon completion of the lease,
it was sold to Flughjalp of Iceland on May 8, 1969 and re-registered TF-AAB.
TF-LLE, DC-6B, c/n 44425, named "Snorri Thorfinnson".
This is ex Pan American "Clipper Windward", later
"Clipper Köln-Bonn", N5025K purchased from Pan Am on
March 17, 1962. This aircraft was sold to Transavia of the Netherlands
and registered PH-TRL on October 25, 1968."
Remarks by Olafur
Sigurdsson: "The photo shows a DC-6B from "LOFTLEIDIR
Icelandic Airlines". Loftleidir Icelandic Airlines was founded
in 1944 by three pilots which had become pilots in Canada during the
war. They started to fly mail and passengers domestically in Iceland,
mostly with seaplanes. In 1947 Loftleidir bought their first
intercontinental Airliners being a surplus Douglas C-54A received
from the USAF. Loftleidir started to offer low fares over the
Atlantic, undercutting IATA (International Air Transport Association)
prices. It must be sad that Loftleidir is
the first carrier to introduce low fares over the Atlantic, if not
the first low fare carrier in the World. The business grew fast and
Loftleidirs two C-54A's were in no way able to meet the demand. In
1959 Loftleidir signed an agreement with Pan Am to buy five of their
Douglas DC-6B. these planes were relatively new but available at a
low price since Pan Am was moving into Jet age with their Boeing 707.
TF-LLA DC-6B "Leifur Eiriksson" 1959 - 1970
TF-LLB DC-6B "Snorri Sturlusson" 1960 - 1970
TF-LLC DC-6B "Thorfinnur Karlsefni" 1961 - 1968
TF-LLD DC-6B "Eirikur Raudi" 1961 - 1968
TF-LLE DC-6B "Snorri Thorfinnsson" 1962 - 1968
Two other planes, TF-FIP and TF-ISC, belong to Flugfelag Islands or
Icelandair.Both airlines were merged in 1973 and became
"Flugleidir" in Icelandic, the Icelandair name was kept.
In case you need reference please consult the Icelandic
Aircraft Database. I have put together every aircraft ever
registered in Iceland."