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Transair Sweden TSA (TB)

Transair Sweden AB TSA

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TRANSAIR SWEDEN AB
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Douglas DC-7, SE-ERD c/n 45089 at
London/Gatwick (LGW)GB.
Stepen Wolf

- A charter legend from Sweden -


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.

In the beginning the airline flew eveningpaper 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 passenger 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 contract of 12 flights to Marseilles in France and 12 flights to Pisa in Italy.


Douglas DC-6B, SE-BDZ "Norrköping" c/n 45079
at Malmö/Bultofta Sweden, 1963. (TB473)
Photo T. Edlind

The aim now was to be in inclousive tour charter business carrying tourists from Scandinavia to centres in Europe and around the Mediterranen. 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 and the first aircraft, SE-CFA was delivered by capt. Carl Gustaf von Rosen to their homebase at Bromma airport on the 7th of April 1957.

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 were included in the airline



Douglas DC-6B, SE-BDO c/n 43131
at Stockholm/Bromma, Sweden.
Photo Lars Söderström

Douglas DC-6B (1951)
107 passengers
4 P&W R2800CB16 prop.engines
2.100 hp each
1960, 7 DC-6´s in operation.

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-ERI c/n 45339 at
Stockholm Bromma, 1967. (TB578)
Photo T. Edlind

Douglas DC-7B (1955)
112 passengers
4 Wright R3350-988 TC-18DA4 turbocompoundengines
3.250 hp each
1965, 10 DC-7 in operation.
The advanced turbocompound engines caused continually
problems.


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 Caravelle´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.





Boeing 727-134, SE-DDA
Photo Transair Sweden AB

Boeing 727-134
131 passengers all-economy configuration
12/108 passengers i combined first/economy class
2 Boeing 727-134, SE-DDA, SE-DDB
2 Boeing 727-134/30C combi passengers/cargo, SE-DDC, SE-DDD
3 Pratt&Whitney JT8D-78 engines

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.

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 purchased 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

Since 1972 Transairs hombase was Sturup Airport some 35 kms east of Malmö.

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 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

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


Wanted
Anyone with information regarding Transair Sweden,
flight number: TB XXX

Bromma - Rimini 63.06.06 (4)
Rimini - Bromma 63.06.13 (4)
via Bulltofta/Malmö

(4) = Thursday

Please send an email. Thank You.

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Last updated 2012-01-17
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