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Alfred Eliasson & Loftleidir Icelandic (2009)

This documentary tells the story of the aviation entrepreneur Alfred Eliasson, founder and manager of Loftleidir Icelandic, who is recognized as one of the pioneers in Trans-Atlantic passenger aviation.

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Jakob F. Asgeirsson (based on the book by), Sigurgeir Orri Sigurgeirsson
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Clynell Jackson III ... Narrator (English)
Arnar Jónsson Arnar Jónsson ... Narrator - Icelandic
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This documentary tells the story of the aviation entrepreneur Alfred Eliasson, founder and manager of Loftleidir Icelandic, who is recognized as one of the pioneers in Trans-Atlantic passenger aviation. As well as being a gripping drama, the Loftleidir saga is a study in leadership. Trusted by everyone, Mr. Eliasson was a top flight motivator and a visionary who communicated his vision effectively to his employees. Whether it was to go on a dangerous rescue mission on a glacier to dig up a stranded DC-3 plane, find ways to outsmart the market stranglehold of government owned airlines (IATA) or offer low fares as a way to increase business and revenues, Alfred Eliasson had the ability to come up with solutions to seemingly hopeless situations. Alfred Eliasson and his friends formed Loftleidir almost empty handed - with a four seat Stinson Reliant in 1944 - and made the company not only the 20th century's most successful business venture in Iceland but also a major player in ... Written by Sigurgeir Orri

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Loftleidir was the first low-cost carrier in the world, started offering low fares and economy-class in 1952. See more »

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Unmissable viewing for aviation enthusiasts and Iceland fans
24 May 2020 | by Tom_AlbertssonSee all my reviews

Those adventurous early glory days of aviation will of course never return and therefore Alfred Eliasson and Loftleidir Icelandic is a gorgeous must-watch documentary for aviation enthusiasts and Iceland fans alike. My Old Man was one of those magnificent men and aviators whose escapades in their rather primitive flying machines took them around Iceland and from there out into the world. Those were the days, my friends, and I was lucky enough to grow up with many rather tall stories from that period. Go watch this film if you want to gain a couple of hours of seat-of-the-pants flying as well as a story of intrepid entrepreneurship and smart perseverance in the face of unexpected headwinds and unforeseen plot twists that would have grounded lesser men.


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Country:

Iceland

Language:

Icelandic

Release Date:

8 May 2009 (Iceland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Budget:

ISK15,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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