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Transair Sweden TSA (TB)

Transair Sweden AB TSA

Aviation, Airliners, Airlines of Scandinavia Encyclopedia
TRANSAIR SWEDEN AB
Dedicated to Transair Sunjet Set!




- A charter legend from Sweden -



Douglas DC-6B, SE-BDM c/n 43130. Early production short-fuselage DC-6 delivered to SAS on 27
May 1948. Sold to Transair Sweden in March 1960.


TRANSAIR SWEDEN AB (TSA) was founded by Pelle Lovén in Stockholm 1951. Its homebase was Bromma
airport, west of Stockholm. The only aircraft in the new airline was a twinengined Airspeed Oxford with the registration
number SE-BUC. Further one Airspeed Oxford was added to the company.



Douglas DC-3, SE-BSN "Norrköping" c/n 11 638 at Malmö/Bultofta Sweden, 1962.
Photo Mel Lawrence.

In the beginning the airline flew evening paper on contract basis to Jönköping for Aftonbladet, one of Swedens largest
evening paper. During 1953 Transair bought its first Douglas DC-3, SE-BWD to increase the cargotonage and to start pass-
enger service.

The touroperator Knut-Oskar Gustavsson from Örebro was the first launchcustomer to sign a contract of twenty flights to
Hamburg. Transair became the first charteroperator in Europe when the DC-3, SE-BWD took-off from Bromma 6th of
April the same year with passengers on board bound for Hamburg in Germany. Knut-Oscar signed the same year also a con-
tract of 12 flights to Marseilles in France and 12 flights to Pisa in Italy.

The aim now was to be in inclousive tour charter business carrying tourists from Scandinavia to centres in Europe and around
the Mediteranen aera; Palma de Mallorca and to Rimini, Italy.

In 1954 Palma de Mallorca was included in the programme. A round trip consisting of Stockholm - Palma - Stockholm took
24 hours with the DC-3 inclusive a technical stopover in Hannover.

To increase the number of passengers, Transair decided to purchase a larger aircraft. Their choise was Curtiss CW-20. The
first aircraft, SE-CFA was delivered by capt.Carl G von Rosen to their homebase at Bromma airport on the 7th of April 1957.


Curtiss Super 46C Commando CW-20T)SE-CHF cn 33294. Lars Söderstöm.

In the end of 1959, Transair purchased three DC-6´s from Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). The decission was by
Gösta Ellhammar, the new managing director in the company. Las Palmas, Canary Islands was the companys new target.
Further DC-6´s and DC-6B`s were included in the airline




My first flight by Transair Douglas DC-6, SE-BDM from Bromma,Stockolm to Malmö and Rimini.
Photo Tony Edlind.






Boarding the Transair TSA, flight TB473 to Rimini, Italy on the Douglas DC-6B, SE-BDZ "Norr-
köping" cn 45079 at Malmö/Bultofta, 1963.
Photo Tony. Edlind





In October 1958 the comany was reorganized and moved its homebase to Bulltofta Airport in the outskirt of Malmö
in the southern Sweden. For a period of two years, SAS had 50 percent of the shares in Transair. In June 1964 the company
was sold back to Nyman & Schultz, one of the largest tour-operators in Sweden.


Douglas DC-7B, SE-ERE c/n 45339 atStockholm Bromma, 1967. (TB578)


In 1965 the airline started to operate the Douglas DC-7B . Nine seconhand aircrafts were purchased from Eastern Airlines
and two from South Africa. The aim was to update the fleet with aircrafts with a better range and speed and the number of
passenger capacity onboard. But this decision taken by Ellhammar himself was the most fatal decision for Transair, to change
the reliable DC-6´s to the DC-7´s which had continually troubling turbocompound engines.

But the propeller era was almost over. The DC-7s were now less profitable than other jetaircrafts on the market, such as Carav-
elle´s, Boeing 707´s and DC-8´s.The passengers demanded better comfort and speed. A direct flight by DC-7 from Stockholm
to Las Palmas was estimated to 11 hours 30 minutes and by jet aircraft to approximatly 6 hours. Then the Transair decided to
purchase 2 Boeing 727-134 in an 131 pax all-economy configuration to compete on the market charteroperation markets.


Boeing 727-134, SE-DDA at Sturup Intl. Airport Malmö, Sweden
Photo: Kjell Nilsson

The jet-age started in 1967 when Transair took delivery of one Boeing 727-100 aircraft. A total amuont of three aircrafts
where ordered. The inauguration fligth to Las Palmas in the "Midnight Sun" SE-DDA took-off from Bromma airport on the
23rd of November 1967.

During 1967 the ownership of the comany was changed. The company was owned by Svenska Handelsbanken and its holding
company Trident. The aircrafts were owned by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad AB in Göteborg. Since 1972 Transairs hombase
was Sturup Airport some 35 kms east of Malmö.

The first jointventure with Scanair (SAS group) started 1968. The three Boeing 727 aircrafts were rented to SAS for fourteen
years. During the years 1967-1979 the airline operated four Boeing 727-100, two aircrafts were equiped with cargodoors.


Boeing 727-30C, SE-DDD in front of hangar at Sturup airport
Photo Transair Sweden AB



In 1974, SAS terminated the contract and was liable to pay damage of 20 million
SEK for breach of the contract.


Boeing 727-30C, SE-DDD in hangar
Photo Transair Sweden AB




During 1975, SAS acquired Transair and the company continued to operate for Scanair. Transair bought and operated the
fourth Boeing 727 in 1979 but the engines were already "out of date" and the increasing cost in fuel made the aircrafts less
profitable and Transair struggled to survive the the charteroperations.

Epilogue

Transair flew on 6th of September 1981 the last charter-flight with passengers from Rhodos to Malmoe. And on 8th of
September the airline has come to the end of an epoch, Transair Sweden made its last flight, a subcharter cargoflight for
Scandinavian Airlines from Copenhagen to Narssorssuaq, Greenland.

The fleet of 4 aircrafts were sold. 2 aircrafts to Philippine Airlines, 1 aircraft to Emery Air Leaseing and the last aircraft to
Nomads Inc, USA. The amount was 70 million SEK, nearly the cost of 3 aircrafts.
We , all passengers or all interested in airlines and aircrafts will always remember TRANSAIR SWEDEN AB
as one of the best charter operators in Sweden.

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The images above are scanned off from my collection of postcards or from my own photos.


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Last updated 2015-01-01
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