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Transair Sweden TSA (TB)

Transair Sweden AB TSA

Aviation, Airliners, Airlines of Scandinavia Encyclopedia
TRANSAIR SWEDEN AB

Last updated 2019-07-21
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- 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 twin-engined 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
Sweden's largest evening paper. During 1953 Transair bought its first Douglas DC-3, SE-BWD to in-
crease the cargotonage and to start passenger service.

The tour operator Knut-Oskar Gustavsson from Örebro was the first launch customer to sign a contract of
twenty flights to Hamburg. Transair became the first charter operator 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 Ger-
many. Knut-Oscar signed the same year also a contract of 12 flights to Marseilles in France and 12 flights
to Pisa in Italy.

The aim was now to be in "inclusive 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 flight from Stockholm to Palma was esti-
mated to 12 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 choice was the
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 de-
cision was by Gösta Ellhammar, the new managing director company. Las Palmas, Canary Islands was the
company's 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
"Norrköping" cn 45079 at Malmö/Bulltofta, 1963.
Photo Tony. Edlind





In October 1958 the company was reorganized and moved its homebase to Bulltofta Airport in the out-
skirt 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 at Stockholm Bromma, 1967. (TB578)


In 1965 the airline started to operate the Douglas DC-7B . Nine second handed 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 Ellham-
mar 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 jet aircrafts 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
jet aircraft to aproximatly 6 hours. Then the Transair decided to purchase 2 Boeing 727-134 in an 131 pax
all-economy configuration to compete on the market charter operation 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 amount
of three aircrafts where ordered. The inauguration flight 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 company was changed. The company was owned by Svenska Handels-
banken and its holding company Trident. The aircrafts were owned by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad AB
in Göteborg. Since 1972 Transair's homebase was Sturup Airport some 35 kms east of Malmö.

The first joint venture 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 air-
crafts were equipped with cargo-doors.


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 charter operations.

Epilogue

Transair TSA flew on 6 th September 1981 the last charter-flight with passengers from Rhodos to
Malmoe. On 8th of September the airline has come to the end of an epoch, Transair Sweden made its
last sub-charter cargo-flight 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 Leasing 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 from my collection of postcards or from my own photos.


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