Scandinavian Charter Operators in Scandinavia
Transair Sweden AB, Flying Enterprise A/S Denmark, Nordair A/S, Scanair, Sterling Airways, Ostermanair OAC, Torair AB, Conair of Scandinavia, Aeronord A/S, Internord, Fairline Ltd, Capella AirCharter, Skyline Sweden AB, Interswede Aviation, Hilair, Airtrader Sweden, Transwede, Blue Scandinavia, time Air Sweden, Premiair
The charter market has been very important to the travel industry, providing capacity for small touroperators and brookers who has not been verically integrated and hence did not have an in- house airline to serve their needs. The charter market has tried with their efforts to to survive all over the years since the pioneers started in early 1960:s.
Transair Sweden AB
Transair Sweden AB (TB)
Founder/technical operative org: Pelle Lovén
Transair Sweden AB was the pioneer in the Swedish air charter. The company was founded in Stockholm in 1951 with the transportation of newspapers as the main task. The only aircraft in the new airline was a twinengined Airspeed Consul with the registration number SE-BUC. Further one Airspeed Oxford/Consul was added to the company.
In 1953, the company was aware of the growing tourist flows and new DC-3 aircraft were purchased for this purpose. Transair Sweden had its headquarters at Bromma, Stockholm and in 1961 it was moved to Bulltofta Malmoe in 1961. By then the airline operated Douglas DC-6 and DC-7´s.
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 CEO 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. Then the Transair decided to purchase 2 Boeing 727 in an 131 pax all-economy configuration to compete on the market charteroperation markets.
Until 1966, Transair was the leading charter company in Sweden, in the fall of this year Vingresor announced that they had started successful proceeding negotiation to hiring Scanair for air charter. This led to Transair sought cooperation with SAS.
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.
The contract with Transair ceased to apply on 1 October 1975. SAS's Board decided that "the sun" logo on Transair plane would be transferred to Scanair and that all activities with Transair would end by 1981. On September 6, 1981 was a 30-year era in the grave when the last charter-flight with passengers from Rhodos to Malmoe. On 8th of September the airline 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.
3 no AS 65
9 no DC-3
5 no DC-6
8 no DC-6B
11 no DC-7B
Super Curtiss C-46 Commando
10 no C-46
4 no B-727-134
Flying Enterprise A/S, Denmark
Flying Enterprise A/S (FE)
Founder/technical operative org: Hans Linde and Finn Nielsen
(former SAS employees).
Flying Enterprise A/S was the first charter company in Denmark. The company was founded by former SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) employees; Hans Linde, Finn Nielsen and Jessen in July 1959 due to that SAS rejected charter operations (afraid of looseing the companys right to the monopoly) and therefore this was a daring challenge. In the beginning FE operated leased Canadair C-54s from Overseas Aviation. FEs first own Argonaut arrived in January 1960 andhe first DC-7 OY-DMP was delivered in October 1963. The carriers main destinations were Palma, Palma de Majorca and to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands serving Danish and Swedish tour operators.
One of the major customers was Simon Spies and Spis Rejsor/Spies Travels. In early 1964, three (3)DC-7s were acqired for Flying Entrerprise A/S but the carrier then had to stop operations towards the end of March 1965 due to "hard negotiations" by Simon Spies which led to economical difficulties and the carrier was declared bank- rupt. This placed also Spies Travels, in a very hard situation since it had Flying Enterprise A/S under contract for holiday charter programme throughout the summer 1965 season. Looking for alternative arrangements, Spies decided to buy Flying Enterprise A/S bankrupt's estate and stock, a smart step and then a week later re-establish the company as a "new" carrier on 1 March 1965.
The new carrier was named Conair of Scandinavia and after obtaining a temporary permit on 2 April 1965, the final licence was granted on 23 April the same year.
5 no C-54, North Star
4 no DC-7
Nordair A/S (Nordic Airways)
Owner: Nordair A/SFleet:
Nordair AS was founded in September 1960 by former SAS personnel among them Erik Östbirk but much to the surprise SAS declared that they were not interested in charters operations. Nordair launched their first fligh on 4th February 1961 and the company operated 3 (three) DC-6 purchased from American Airlines. Further 3 (threASe) aircrafts were purchased during 1962 and 3 (three) aircrafts were leased from KLM and Osterman Aircharter - OAC.
Nordair operated from their homebase at Kastrup/Copenhgen, Denmark and also from Bulltofta/ Malmö and their targets were the Mediterranean areas and foremost Palma, Majorca. Nordair also operated as subcharter for Flugfjelag (Icelandair) and Loftleidir. The carrier had their own catering kitchen "7 Nations" at Kastrup with a capacity of some 5000 meals per day.
The company was grounded during 1964. One of the reasons was that the aircrafts were to old and were not in a good shape (but still airworthy). Nordair had set up a contract with SAS Kastrup for maintennace of the aircfrafts. An another interesting task is that SAS tried to buy less than 50% of the capital stock but they could not make an agreement in the final end and since Nordair could not in the end full to pay for the service and SAS adjudged Nordair bankrupt. Therefor the founder Erik Östbirk brought the the whole administration and started a new airliner named Aeronord.
6 no DC-6
3 no DC-6
Owner: SAS (Scandinavian Airlines)Fleet:
Scanair was originally founded in Denmark in June 1961 and was partially owned by SAS. The first two aircrafts to be operated was the Douglas DC-7C for charter flights to Spain, North Africa and the USA. The DC-7C era ended in December 1967
In 1965 the headquarters was moved to Stockholm and SAS supplied Scanair with Douglas DC-8 aircrafts. Soon thereafter four Boeing 727 joined the growing fleet and Scanair soon became the biggest charter company in Scandinavia.
Other destinations served throughout the years in addition to those mentioned before were the Canary Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the winter resorts of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. To increase capacity the Airbus A300 was acquired but the A300's range was not sufficient for the needs and those were soon replaced with Douglas DC-10s and McDonnell Douglas MD82/83. From 1974 Scanair operated Fokker F28s (in SAS livery) on city weekend tours.
Scanair grew so much that by the 1980s was carrying over 2 million passengers a year, but that was not enough to turn a profit so a merger partner was found in the Danish airline Conair of Scandinavia with which it merged on January 1, 1994 and that resulted in the formation of a whole new airline called Premiair.
4 no A300B4
4 no B727 (Transair)
1 no B747-100
3 no B747-200
2 no DC-7C
3 no DC-8-33
2 no DC-8-55
1 no DC-8-61
3 no DC-8-62
2 no DC-8-62CF
7 no DC-8-63
2 no DC-8-63PF
6 no DC-10-10
1 no DC-10-30
5 no MD-82
3 no MD-83
Sterling Airways (NB)
Owner: Ejlif Krogager
Sterling Airways was founded by the legendary Ejlif Krogager (known as the "Reverend" ) founder of Tjaereborg Rejser in 1961. In the beginning, the company operated two DC-6B´s from Swissair on a contract/subcharter for Transair Sweden. Soon after the set up of the airline, there were roamers that Sterling Airways was faceing economical problems and that Sud Aviation was going to take over the company and look after their interests in Sterlings fleet of Caravelle aircrafts until the problems were solved.
Sterling operated Caravelles on charter flights into sun-destinations during the 1970s and early 1980s but replaced these with Boeing 727-200s.
Sterling Airways was one of the leading charter companies with some 19 aircrafts but due to ecconomical problems the carrier was adjudged bankrupt 1993.
1 no Corvette SN601
2 no King Air 65
15 no B727-270Adv
6 no B757-200
1 no DC-6
21 no DC-6B
3 no DC-8-60
2 no Fokker F-27-500
1 no L-80, Electra
SUD Caravelle SE-210
13 no SE-210 VIR
9 no SE-201 10B3 2 no SE-210 10R
Osterman Air Charter OAC
Photo: Gunter Gronstein - Lars Söderström
Ostermanair - Osterman Air Charter OAC (CG)
Owner: Lennart Osterman
Sveaflyg AB was founded by Göte Rosén in late 1962, based at Stockholm/Bromma and operated a singel DC-6, SE-CHC on holiday charters to the Mediterranean area. Sveaflyg AB was renamed Osterman Air Charter in 1964 when Lennart Osterman owner of Ostermans Aero acquired the company. In 1965 OAC merged with Aero-Nord and they established the consortium Internord Aviation.
1 no DC-6
5 no DC-7
Photo: Lars Lundin
Owner: Ture Hultman
Technical operative org: Kurt Klausson, Tommy JexellFleet:
This charter carrier was founded after the filed bankruptcy of Mr Göte Roséns company Loadair which had one DC-3, SE-CFT in the fleet but owned by Stig Hedlund.
The aircraft was based at the time at Stockholm - Bromma airport but was flewn out and was reregistered in a new company, later Torair AB since it the aircraft was expected to be executed by the executory authority.
The carrier flew cargo on several contracts and in early 1965 the company got a feeder-contract from Transair Sweden to operate the shipping line Malmö - Southend and three of Transairs Curtiss C-46 was taken over by Torair AB.
Unfortunately the carrier faced ecconomical problems during 1966 and was filed for bankruptcy. The airline had been in talks with interested investors and among them, Thun-rederierna AB, Linköping which had showed some interests in acquiring the company and to rename it to Thun-Air but the discussions also ended, the plans to reconsruct the airline was never full-filled.
Super Curtiss C-46 Commando
3 no C-46C Super Commando
Conair of Scandinavia
Conair of Scandinavia (OY)
Owner: Simon Spies
Conair (Consolidated Aircraft Corp) was set up by private interests in September 1964. Conair was specialized in aircraft sales and leasing and held a 70% share in Flying Enterprise AS. One of the major customers was Simon Spies and Spies Rejsor/Spies Travels. In early 1964, three (3)DC-7s were acqired for Flying Entrerprise A/S but this carrier then stopped operations towards the end of March 1965 due to "hard negotiations" by Simon Spies which led to economical problems and the carrier was declared bankrupt.
This placed also Spies Travels, one of Denmark's major tour operators in a very difficult situation since it had Flying Enterprise A/S under contract for holiday charter programme throughout the summer 1965 season. Looking for alternative arrangements, Spies decided to buy Flying Enterprise A/S bankrupt's estate and stock, a smart step and re-establish the company as a new carrier on 1 March 1965.
The new carrier was named Conair of Scandinavia and after obtaining a temporary permit on 2 April 1965, the final licence was granted on 23 April the same year. Conair of Scandinavia started holiday charter with a fleet of three(3) 112 seat Douglas DC-7. By early 1967 five (5) aircrafts were in service.
Simon Spies major idea was that all aircrafts should be fully-booked or that the remaining empty seats should be "sold-out" in the last minute and also that cheep hotels should be offered to tour ists who were waiting at the airport. Therefore Spies Travels and Conair were known as a "low-cost airline" speciality to young travellers.
Fleet modernization plans in the late sixties came about due to holidaymaker's desire for jet-travel. Therefore Conair was the last charter airline in Scandinavia to operate propeller aircrafts. Sterling Airways and i.e. Scanair operated Sud SE-210 Caravelle or Douglas DC-8 aircrafts.
The delivery of the first of five Boeing 720 jets commenced in May 1971. The first Boeing 720 inaguration-flight took place on 15 May from Copenhagen to Palma de Majorca. The initial batch of Boeing 720 was replaced with a similar number of Boeing 720B acquired from Maersk Air and Monarch from January 1973 onwards which coincide with withdrawl on the last DC-7.The last Douglas DC-7 charter was operated on 29 September 1971 on the Copenhagen - Genoa route.
The replacement of Boeing B720 jets began with the introduction of Airbus A300Bs purchased from SAS and on 26 February 1987 the first Airbus-flight was operated on the Copenhagen - Malaga route. By November 1987 all B720 jets had been phased out. Airbus A320 aircrafts were introduced into service on 5 September 1991.
In the wake of general shake-up of Scandinavian charter scene it was decided to merge Conair and Scanair and to ground the new charter airline, Premiair which became operational on 1 January 1994. Both carriers initially retaind the ownership of their respective aircraft. On 15 February 1966 Conair and its associated tour operator Tjaereborg Rejsor (Travel) was acquired by the British concern Airtours and subsequent to this Conair of Scandinavia ceased to exist.
7 no DC-7
5 (9) no Boeing 720-025
Airbus Industri 3 no Airbus A300
6 no Airbus A320
Aero-Nord A/S (NK)
Owner: Aero-Nord A/S
Aeronord AS was a shortlived Danish charter- and inclusive-touroperator formed early 1965 to succed Nordair A/S (Nordic Airways) which ceased operations in October 1964. The airline was based at Copenhagen/Kastrup, Denmark and was founded by Erik Östbirk and his former Nordair administration. The intentions was to operate three (3) ex. American Airlines Douglas DC-7B. The carrier also built a new hangar as its base at Kastrup Airport.
Aero-Nord A/S was merged with Osterman Aircharter Sweden to form Internord Aviation in 1965.
OY-ANA c/n 45402
OY-ANB c/n 45401
Manager: Gösta Ellhammar.
Internord Aviation was a consotium formed on November 30, 1965 by the amalgation of Danish Aero-Nord A/S and Ostemanair - Osteman Air Charter OAC, Sweden on a 50 per cent basis. The company was managed by a board of four (4) members comprising two of each from Aero-Nord and Ostermanair. Charter- and IT (inclusive-tour) operations started on January 1, 1966 particulary between Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.
At the time, when the airline introduced th new Convair Coronado CV-99, the company moved the base to Stockholm- /Arlanda. The DC-7's were still based at Stockholm/Bromma. After 3 years, the fall 1968, the company was liquidated.
4 no DC7
4 no DC-7B
3 no Convair Coronado CV-990
Fairline Ltd, Sweden
Photo:Svenskt Flyghistorisk Forum
Photo: Peter Brown
Fairline Ltd AB, Sweden
1966 – 1967
Ture Hultman, Chairman of the board
Olle Holst, Traffic Manager
Carl Lestrell, Technical Manager
Shortly after that Torair had gone bankrupt Thure Hultman (well known in the aerospace industry) took Torairs three decommissioned Curtiss. In October 1966 SE-CFA was seen in Fairline new livery colors yellow and blue. In early November took over the route between Malmö and Southend of Fairline. Only SE and SE CFA CFD was taken into service. SE-CFE sold and thus never flew for the company.
Fairline Sweden AB operated preferably with freight and passenger flights by C-46 Super Curtiss and DC-3 aircrafts from their home-base at Malmö/Bulltofta, Sweden but was due for an early bancruptsy on 3 of April 1967.
Fairline´s slogan, "we fly around the world with goods and passengers every day, all hours of the day".
Super Curiss C-46 Commando
3 no C-46C Super Commando
Capella Aircharter AB
Photo: Rolf Larsson
Capella Aircharter AB
1968 - 1969
Owner: Anders RogbergFleet:
Capella Aircharter operated a single Douglas DC-3, SE-CFW c/n 42976 here seen at Stockholm Bromma, Sweden
The aircraft was bought from Austrian Airlines and kept the Austrian red and white livery and sold to Hilair AB. During 1972 the company was sold to Malmros concern/Malmros Aviation.
1 no DC-3
Falconair AB (FC)
Photo: Lars Söderström
Photo: Lars Söderström
1967 - 1970
Stig Berglöf, Chairman of the board
Bo Virving CEO, Technical Manager
Kjell-Åke Larske, Economic Manager
Kurt Klausson, Flight operating director.
Tommy Jexell Sales Manager
Air base:Bulltofta, Malmö, Sweden
Technical maintenance: Svenska Flygverkstäder AB, Bulltofta
Falconair AB was a new Swedish charter and inclusive-tour that received the CAA's operating permit to operate commercial charter flights in May 1967.
The Falconair project started with three used Vickers Viscount from Philipine Airlines. These aircrafts had pressurized cabins for sixty-four passengers.
Potential agents were Vingresor, comfort Travel, Corona, Kullenbergs, Winter Holidays. TC-resor and Spies.
To fly only 64 passengers, the smaller agencies could easely fill the Viscounts and Falconair signed a large number of contracts to multiple destinations such as London, Paris, Vienna, Nice and Geneva
More and more tour operators were now Falconair customers. Rimini became a major destination for sun worshipers. New desinations were planned to Gran Canaria and Madeira when the carrier started to operate Lockheed Electras.
The airline received more orders than expected. 1969 Falcon Air had flown more than 200,000 passengers. The problem was that the Visccount in Falconairs performance had far too poor range only 66 seats. To have a chance to survive, the airline began to look for a larger aircraft. The first decision was to possibly lease a BAC 1-11 British Eagle but Falconair backed off to end the deal because the BAC machine had lower reach of all BAC 1-11 models. Finally the airline decided to acquire two Lockheed Electra with 125 seats.
Throughout its existence Falcon Air had problems with the economy, which was common in the airline industry. The setback in the late 1960s, hit a rapid economic downturn to travel agents received less bookings and Falconair received several cancellations.
Several travel agencies went bankrupt. As partial payment Falcon Air took over the agency Scandinavian Touring with 45 employees and 70,000 travelers annually but Falconair got winding inconvenience.
Falconair became extremely vulnerable to competition from Denmark by Sterling Airways and Conair. Falconair worked hard for the liberalization of charter policy. To increase market share Falconair planned transition to the Boeing 720, a four-engine aircraft and the airline searched several different constructions. One of the airlines were Maersk but interest from Maersk ran out quickly. Modern Air based in Berlin was another airline that showed interest Falconair.
The agreement between Falconair and Modernair who assumed that Modernair sake of owning 60% of the shares for three years. The Swedish foreign players said utlänska charerflygbolag got maximum take third-partly by foreign airlines. With this came Falconair to file for bankruptcy.
The airline that was based in Malmo, Sweden with 3 Vickers Viscount CNK, CNL and CLM and (3) Lockheed Electra FGA, FGB and FGC went bankrupt in the late summer in 1970.
Falcon Air was the last wholly Swedish charter airline.
The remains of Falconair SE-CNL at Arlanda 2005.
Photo: Ola Carlsson
3 no Vickers Viscount
1 no Lockheed Electra
Photo: Kjell Nilsson
HillerströmFlyg AB/Hilair AB
1969 - 1972
Owner: Folke Hillerström/Christoffer Drangel
Hillerström Flyg operated Beach Baron B55, Cessna 402, MU-2 and a single Douglas DC-3, SE-CFW c/n 42976 here seen at the hombase Malmlö, Bulltofta, Sweden. In late 1970 it was detected that the aircraft had to be repaired, since the wingconstruction seemed to to rusty and the main bolts had to be shiffted. Therfore it was decided to sell the DC-3 as spareparts in May 1971 to the Belgian Delta Air Transport, Antwerp. Soon after the arrival to Delta, the aircraft collided with a SF-260 (SIAI-Marchetti) while taxying for take-off. The aircraft was written off and spareparts were sold off.
Hilair was sold in spring 1972 to Malmros Group/Malmros Aviation and renamed to Hilair AB. (Malmros Aviation 1971-1978.
1 no Beech Baron B55
1 no Cessna 402
1 no Mitsubishi MU-2
1 no DC-3
Skyline Sweden AB
Skyline Sweden AB (OX)
Owner: Lennart Nordström, Kristoffer Drangel
Technical operative org: Arne Rosengren
Skyline Sweden was a Swedish company with a completely Swedish staff - from management and ground personnel to pilots (with several years of international commercial aviation behind) and the well-trained flight attendants.
Skyline Sweden AB was founded during 1971 by Lennart Nordsröm who already during 1959 founded Malmö Aero and later its subsidary Hawk Air to operate three (3) Vickers Viscounts obtainded from Falconair Charter (1966-1977). Christoffer Drangel was invited to be a joint owner of the new carrier Skyline Sweden AB and Arne Rosengren was recruited to be the head of the technical organization.
In the beginning Skyline flew as an odd-charter but in mid seventies the airline signed a contract to operate on behalf of Linjeflyg on their domestic routes due to the delay of delivery of Linjeflyg new fleet of Fokker F28-400s, all Convair Metropolitan should be phased out. Skyline leased three (3) Vickers Viscounts for this service.
In 1977 when almost all Fokker F28s were delivered to Linjeflyg, Skylines operations on the domestic routes were phased out one by one. Since no other contracts were obtained this led to ecconomical problems for the carrier. The worse was the loss of one of their Viscounts SE-FOZ on final to Bromma Airport, known as the "Kälvesta-disaster" with 22 fatalities.(The aircraft suddenly pitched down from an altitude of 1150 feet, went into a vertical five and crashed on a parking lot, 5km short of the runway because the no. 2 and no. 3 engines had been running with reduced power for a long time, the anti-ice system temperature was too low. Probable cause: Ice on the leading edge of the stabilizer resulted in flow separation and stabilizer stall.
Due to the fullfilled contract with Linjeflyg and no other contracts and the loss of the Viscount, the airline ceased operations early 1978.
7 no. Vickers Viscount 748
InterSwede Aviation (IU)
Owner: Interswede Leasing Malmö AB
Per Engström, CEO
Ynvge Syrén, Tecnical Management
Lennart Albin, Traffic Manager
Sven Flood, Selling Manager
Bengt Marnfgeldt, Eccononical Manager
Interswede Aviation was largely built up by staff from the airline Falconair, which went bankrupt in September 1970. From the start, when the flights began had great trouble getting contracts with tour operators and travel agents, this thus led to the airline completed all activities and was declared bankrupt in February 29, 1972.
This shortlived airline was based at Malmö/Bulltofta, Sweden with the intentions to operate two Boeing 720B (170 seats) from Continental Airlines but the negotiations were never fullfilled. At the same time Eastern Airlines, Miami, had two DC-8-51 (189 seats) for sale and after negotiations a contract was signed including training of the crew and staff.
The first flight went to Malta via Arlanda, Stockholm December 30, 1971. Limited partners were satisfied and "big brother", SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) was disappointed. InterSwede had also calculated that they could sell their 1989 seats to travel agencies with prices well below SAS's regular prices to USA and Canada.
Due to Scandinavian Airlines SAS declarations regarding the companys right to the monopoly, Interswede had to be stopped. The order-book included flights from Copenhagen among of them to Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Detroit. Other destinations were Asmara, Bangladesh, Boston, Santiago de Chile and Trinidad but the airline had already faced ecconomical problems since they faild to amortize to Eastern Airlines.
"Big Bros' plan in anticipation of new laws for the limited partnership would change meant that Inter Swede flew with virtually no start-up capital. The bankruptcy became inevitable.
The aircrafts were collected by EA and later sold to another company. The manager declared that the carrier should continue to fly later that year with intension to continue to operate Douglas DC-8 but the airline was grounded in July 1972.
2 no DC-8-51
Airtrader Sweden AB
Photo: Kjell Nillsson
Airtrader, Sweden AB
1972 – 1973
Manager: Ulf Engelbrecht
Airtrader Sweden AB, financed by Sparbanken bought four Vickers VC9 Vanguard. The intentions were to operate three(3) of the Vickers Vanguards and the fourth (4) should serve as "sparparts". But soon the one of the aircrafts, SE-FTK had to be delivered back to the seller due to early ecconomical problems.
The company operated most as a cargocompany to i.e. Italy, Europe, Africa, Far East and to India. The company also operaded on behalf of the Swedish Red Cross.
Airtrader operated this Vickers Vanguard 952, SE-FTI from the home-base at Stockholm/ Bromma, Sweden
Vickers VC9 Vanguard
4 no VC9 Vanguard
Transwede Airways AB
Transwede Caravelle SE-210 10B3 LN-BSE
Transwede Airways AB (5T)
Owner: Thomas Johansson and the staff from Aerocenter. 1985-1998
Transwede Airways AB, trading as Transwede, was a Swedish airline which operated between 1985 and 1998. During the mid -1990s the airline charter flights with Boeing 757-200 under the name Transwede Leisure. When Transwede later was merged into Braathens and Blue Scandinavia it became Sweden's second-largest airline after the dismiss of Linjeflyg in 1993. Transwede operated a fleet of Caravelles, Fokker F28s, F100s, Boeing 737s and 757s, McDonnell Douglas MD-80s and Lockheed L-1011 TriStars for charter flights.
8 no B737
2 no B757
no L L-1011 Tristar
14 no MD-80
Sud Caravelle SE-210
3 no SE-201 10B3 2 no SE-210 10R
Blue Scandinavia L-1011, SE-DTC
Blue Scandinavia (5T)
Owner: Fritidsresor 1985-1998
The airline was originally formed in 1985 to handle the charter operations of Transwede Airways. In 1996, the charter part of the airline was taken over by Swedish tour operator Fritidsresor and renamed Blue Scandinavia. When Britannia Airways took control in 1998 following the acquisition of Fritidsresor by Thomson, the airline was renamed Britannia AB and later rebranded as Britannia Nordic. In 2000 Preussag (later TUI) acquired the Thomson Group.
In November 2005, the airline was rebranded as Thomsonfly and in May 2006 as TUIfly Nordic due to the new marketing strategy of the TUI Group. In the case of TUIfly Nordic, sometimes the logo of 'Fritidsresor' is marked on the fuselage to indicate their role as the companies main tour operator.
On 13 May 2015, it was announced by the TUI Group that all five of TUI's airline subsidiaries will be named TUI, whilst keeping their separate Air Operators Certificate, taking over three years to complete. The name change for TUIfly Nordic is scheduled to be completed around 2018.
1 no L-1011
1 no MD-82
timeAir Sweden Lockheed L1011 Tristar SE-DFR
Photo: Mathias Henig
timeAir Sweden (HK)
Owner: Thomas Johansson 1991-1993
Time Air Sweden was a short-lived Swedish charter-company set up by one of the true entrepreneurs of Swedish airline-industry Thomas Johansson, also being responsible for establishing earlier Transwede Airways in 1985.
4 no B737-200
2 no B737-300
1 (2) no L-1011
2 no DC-8-71
Owner: Scandinavian Leisure Group
On January 1st 1994, Premiair was formed as a merger of the Danish charter airline Conair and Scanair which has been the charter arm of SAS for many years. The company headquarters was lockated to Copenhagen Intl Airport, Denmark. An important reason for this mergin was that Denmark, as opposed to Sweden, was a member of the EU.
Scanair was also the airline which brought in a fleet of six ex Western/Delta DC-10-10s.
Premiairs DC-10s were used on long-haul routes routes to the Mediterranean Sea, Canary Islands where it supplemented the A300. A DC-10-30 was added to the fleet in 1997 which brought the fleet to five aircraft. The fleet was upgraded by A320 and A330-300 and the latter with 411 seats.
Since the late 1990s, Airtours International from Great Britain has become a major stockholder of the Danish charter airline and the color scheme changed from almost all-white to a colorful scheme similar to the one of Airtours International. The DC-10s were transferred to Airtours International, which became MyTravel in 2002.
2002: In May, 2002, Premiair changes name to MyTravel Airways. In 2008 the company changed its name again to Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia.
3 no A300B4
13 no A320-231 Boeing
2 no B757
5 no DC-10-10
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This is an encyclopedia of former Scandinavian charter carriers inclusive links to other related sites.
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Own sources from 1963 -
Göte Rosén/25 års luftaffärer
Lars-Inge Grundberg/Flyget på Bulltofta 119-1972
Kurt Klausson/Med flyget i blodet
Many thank´s to:
Peter Liander, Airliners.Net
Leopold Gautschi, BUCHaircard
Nils Rosengaard, Airliners.Net b/w.
Lars Söderström, Airliners.Net
Kjell Nilsson, Airliners.Net
Gunter Grondstein, Airliners.Net
Last Updated: 1sr January, 2021
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