Discussion about establishing an airline company began in the 1980s. Passenger numbers were steadily increasing and there was no competition on this route. There was only the one airline that had regular flights to the Faroes.
In 1987 the idea became reality and, in November, Atlantic Airways was established. In the beginning Cimber Air owned shares in the company, but later on the Faroese government took full ownership.
After considerable thought, the management chose a British Aerospace plane. This plane holds 92 passengers and is thought to be very well suited for the Faroese route.