Air Executive/Busy Bee

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Operated from May 1966 to Dec 1992

Country of Origin – Norway

Founder/Director – Bjorn G. Braathen

In May 1966, the son of Ludvig Braathens, owner of the large Braathens SAFE organisation, began his own airline that would go on to provide air-exec-sc7-ln-npc-77corporate and taxi service flights with small twin props and later jet powered equipment. However, while Busy Bee was initially successful, this private venture took a financial dive and in 1973 it was subsequently bought out by the holding group of Braathens SAFE. Not long after this, all remaining aircraft were painted up in a livery similar to the scheme used by Braathens and the airline was renamed Air Executive. Meanwhile, several F-27s would be transferred from Braathens to Air Executive which would take over the less well trafficked routes of the former although they would also win a large contract from the Norwegian military too.

It wasn’t until September 1980 that the Busy Bee name would return to SEN proper and by this time it was mostly an F-27 operator albeit with the exception of a busy-bee-f-27-ln-akbsole Boeing 737-200 and a single Short Skyvan, the latter of which first ventured into Southend during September 1977. Indeed, the Skyvans and the F-27s would be the only types belonging to the airline that would venture into SEN and it was in its Air Executive guise that it would first visit the airport during the late 1970s, when it ran a small number of passenger charters between Oslo and Southend. Flights continued at a rather infrequent rate before the airline began appearing regularly once more, this time in its restored Busy Bee livery. Its F-27s would go on to fly a good number of freight charters into Southend during 1989 and 1990 and if memory serves, many of these flight were flown on either behalf of BAF, BAC or Ford.

 

Busy Bee/Air Executive fleet from 1977 to 1991

Short SC.7 Skyvan

LN-NPA – 7/73 to 5/79

Sold to Amapola Flyg as SE-GEX

LN-NPC*– 2/75 to 1/79

Sold to Amapola Flyg as SE-GEY

LN-NPG – 5/75 to 3/83

TRF to Busy Bee 9/80 – Sold in The Congo as 9Q-CDA

Fokker F-27

LN-AKA – 3/86 to 12/90

Sold to Pareto A/S

LN-AKB* – 4/86 to 12/90

Sold to Pareto A/S

LN-AKC* – 4/86 to 12/90

Sold to Pareto A/S

LN-AKD – 4/86 to 10/90

Sold to Pareto A/S

LN-NPC* – 4/83 to 5/91

Sold to Norving A/S

LN-NPD – 4/84 to 12/92

WFU and stored – Sold to Swetrail Transport as SE-KZH 7/93

LN-NPH – 7/78 to 1/88

TFR from Air Executive 9/80 – Sold to Schreiner Airways as PH-SFE

LN-NPI*– 10/78 to 12/92

TFR from Air Executive 9/80 – WFU and stored – Sold to Swetrail Transport as SE-KZF 7/93

LN-NPM – 7/81 to 12/92

WFU and stored – Sold to Swetrail Transport as SE-KZG 7/93

LN-SUE* – 10/75 to 12/92

TFR from Air Executive 9/80 – WFU and stored – Sold to Swetrail Transport as SE-KZD 7/93

LN-SUF* – 4/76 to 11/92

TFR from Air Executive – 9/80 – Sold to Braathens SAFE

LN-SUL – 2/77 to 12/92

TFR from Air Executive 9/80 – WFU and stored 10/92 – Sold to Swetrail Transport as SE-KZE 7/93

 

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