Transair Sweden

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Operated from c.Jun 1951 to Sep 1981

Country of Origin – Sweden

Founder/Director – Per Löven

Originally starting out in 1950 as Nordisk Aerotransport AB, this airline was primarily formed to fly newspapers around Sweden with three Airspeed Consul aircraft. Approximately one year later, the company name was changed to Transair Sweden AB and by 1953 had added yet more equipment in the form of C-47/DC3s to its fleet. It was in the same year that charter work was first undertaken making Transair the very first Swedish airline to offer such services, these being flown to much of Scandinavia and the near continent. Further equipment was added during the late ’50s and by the turn of the decade, the company had C-46s and DC-6s on its ledger while during the 1960s, DC-7s and jets would be procured with the company bringing the very first Boeing jet liner to Sweden in 1967.

Naturally, it would be Transair’s smaller C-46s that would make their way to SEN with the very first C-46 SE-CFB arriving on September 3rd 1957,transair-dc-6-se-bdf this also being the first of its type to visit the airport. Over the coming years, passenger and more increasingly freight services would be made to SEN and by 1960, flights were operating weekly between Malmo, Southend and Amsterdam. However, the airline would suffer a minor hiccup during the same year when one of its C-46s ran off the end of SEN’s runway, although thankfully no-one was seriously hurt and the aircraft was quickly returned to service (you can read more about this incident on the ‘Prangs’ page). It wasn’t long after this that DC-6s started to put in an appearance at the airport, especially as the more rugged C-46s were being dispatched to the Belgian Congo to carry out relief work under lease to the UN.

From 1965, Transair would take a short hiatus from SEN operations when Tor Air bought up some of their transair-dc-7-se-ereC-46 fleet and along with it, the cargo contract to SEN and AMS. Unfortunately, Tor-Air would only manage to keep itself afloat for one more year and with this airline’s collapse, the contract was handed back to Transair who operated the service for a few weeks before passing it on to Fred Olsen at the end of 1966. Needless to say, DC-6s and the occasional DC-7 would still frequent the airport up until May 11th 1968 when DC-7 SE-ERE arrived and then departed to Amsterdam and in doing so, made this the last recorded flight to SEN by Transair.

 

Transair fleet from 1957 to 1968

Curtiss C-46 Commando

SE-CFA – 4/57 to 6/65

Sold to Tor Air

SE-CFB* – 6/57 to 6/62

DBR landing in the Belgian Congo – 8/6/62

SE-CFC* – 7/57 to 5/67

Sold to Paraense Trans Aereos as PP-BUA

SE-CFD* – 4/58 to 7/65

Sold to Tor Air

SE-CFE* – 5/58 to 11/65

Sol to Tor Air

SE-CFF – 6/59 to 1/64

Crashed Thysville, Congo – 13/1/64

SE-CFG* – 3/61 to 3/66

DBR landing Stanleyville, Congo – 6/3/66

SE-CFH* – 3/61 to 11/66

WFU Malmö – 5/66 and later sold to Paraense Trans Aereos as PP-BUB

SE-EDP – 5/62 to 11/66

WFU Malmö and later sold to Paraense Trans Aereos as PP-BUC

SE-EDR* – 8/62 to 1/67

WFU Malmö – 10/65 and later sold to Paraense Trans Aereos as PP-BUE

SE-EDS – 8/62 to 11/66

WFU Malmö – 11/65 and later sold to Paraense Trans Aereos as PP-BUD

Douglas DC-6

SE-BDF* – 1/60 to 12/65

Sold to Boreas Corp as N301BC

SE-BDG* – 11/60 to 5/65

Sold to Braathens SAFE as LN-SUT

SE-BDH* – 11/61 to 3/65

Sold to Braathens SAFE as LN-SUH

SE-BDI* – 1/62 to 5/65

Sold to Braathens SAFE as LN-SUM

SE-BDM* – 3/60 to 12/65

Sold to Boreas Corp as N901BC

SE-BDO* – 3/60 to 10/67

Sold to Boreas Corp as N???BC

SE-BDZ – 10/61 to 12/65

Sold to Boreas Corp as N948BC

SE-CCY – 2/63 to 6/65

Sold to BIAS as OO-ABG

SE-CCZ – 2/63 to 12/65

Sold to Boreas Corp as N998BC

Douglas DC-7

SE-ERA – 7/65 to 7/68

WFU Malmö and destroyed in fire drill 22/5/69

SE-ERB – 4/65 to 8/69

Donated to Malmö Technical School and B/U

SE-ERC – 5/65 to 1/68

DBR in Munich, Germany 20/1/68

SE-ERD – 3/65 to 10/69

WFU Malmö and B/U

SE-ERE*– 12/65 to 6/69

WFU Malmö and B/U

SE-ERG – 8/65 to 8/68

WFU Malmö and B/U

SE-ERI – 10/65 to 12/68

WFU Malmö and B/U

SE-ERK – 6/65 to 11/68

WFU Malmö and B/U – Nose to Skåne’s Flyghistoriasällskap

SE-ERL – 6/65 to 10/69

WFU Malmö and B/U

SE-ERM – 3/66 to 1/68

WFU Malmö and B/U

SE-ERN – 3/66 to 12/67

WFU Malmö and B/U

 

Recorded SEN Movements for Transair Aircraft

Curtiss C-46 Commando

SE-CFD

1962 Visits

2/2 (MMX-MMX) – 19/2 (MMX-MMX) – 22/3 (MMX-AMS) – 31/3 (MMX-MMX) – 21/6 (AMS-MMX)

SE-CFE

1962 Visits

7/1 (MMX-MMX) – 22/1 (MMX) – 23/1 (MMX) – 10/2 (MMX-NCE) – 23/2 (MMX-MMX) – 24/2 (MMX-NCE) – 11/3 (MMX-MMX) – 13/5 (MMX-MMX) – 19/5 (MMX-MMX)

SE-CFG

1961 Visits

1/12 (MMX-MMX) – 2/12 (MMX-NCE) – 8/12 (AMS-MMX) – 16/12 (AMS-MMX) – 22/12 (MMX-MMX)

1962 Visits

1/1 (MMX-NCE) – 15/1 (MMX-MMX) – 28/1 (MMX-MMX) – 2/3 (AMS-MMX) – 17/3 (MMX) – 18/3 (AMS) – 7/5 (MMX-MMX)

SE-CFH

1961 Visit

16/12 (AMS-MMX)

1962 Visits

8/2 (MMX-MMX) – 11/2 (MMX) – 12/2 (MMX) – 12/3 (MMX) – 13/3 (CPH) – 13/4 (BMA) – 14/4 (CPH) – 23/4 (MMX-MMX)

Douglas DC-6

SE-BDG

1962 Visit

30/6 (MMX-MMX)

SE-BDH

1961 Visit

22/12 (BMA-BMA)

SE-BDI

1962 Visits

26/2 (MMX-NCE) – 8/3 (MMX-AGB)

SE-BDO

1962 Visits

17/1 (BMA-NCE) – 12/4 (MMX-NCE)

 

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