The airline was established in 1960 as Grønlandsfly A/S by the Scandinavian Airlines System (now SAS) and a Danish mining company. The airline started its first services with water planes and helicopters. In 1979, the airline’s first international route was opened, running between Greenland’s capital Nuuk and the town of Iqaluit in northern Canada. Besides running scheduled services and government-contracted flights to most villages in the country, the airline also supports remote research stations, provides charter services for tourists and Greenland’s energy and mineral-resource industries, and permits medivac during emergencies. In 2002, Grønlandsfly rebranded itself, anglicizing its name to Air Greenland and adopting a new logo and livery.