Transavia

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Has Operated from Nov 1966 to Present

Country of Origin – Holland

Founders/Directors – Chalmers ‘Slick’ Goodlin, Capt. Pete Holmes and John Block

Transavia Limburg started life on January 3rd 1966 and began operations almost a year later on November 16th with a small fleet of three DC-6 aircraft which at the time, belonged to Boreas Corp, a small non-operating company owned by Mr Goodlin. The company’s initial remit was the operation of passenger charters although it eventually started flying freight services too. It would be exactly two weeks later that both Southend and the U.K would receive its first visit by one of the DC-6s, namely PH-TRC which flew into the airport from Rotterdam with a cabin full of day shoppers who then travelled on to London, returning later in the evening to be flown home by the very same aircraft. As such, this flight would start a relationship between Transavia and Southend that has continued on and off up until this very day.

Needless to say, the rest of the decade would see yet more of these flights coming and going with all three aircraft frequenting the airport independently on a good number of occasions while 1967 onwards would often see two aircraft sitting on SEN’s apron at the same time – an early transavia-dc-6-ph-trc-1st-visit-29-11-66example of such taking place on April 25th 1967 when DC-6s PH-TRA and PH-TRB arrived at Southend and remained there until flying home the following day. However, as the ’60s began to draw to a close, Transavia slowly began replacing their DC-6s with Caravelles and by 1973 these first generation jet airliners were flying regular, Saturday morning charters between Amsterdam and Southend with cabin loads of happy shoppers while occasionally calling in for maintenance too. Caravelle flights continued up until 1975 when these in turn were gradually replaced by Boeing 737-200s. SEN’s would see several visits from these more modern airliners, but by the following year Transavia’s operations to SEN had started to wind down.

However, this would not be the last that Southend saw of Transavia, although further visits by this airline would mostly involve cigarette charters organised by Routair. Sometransavia-737-ph-tvc examples of later visits include one on November 20th 1979, when British Airways adorned B737 PH-TVE operated by Transavia diverted into SEN with 40+ pax, while PH-TVC would still also appear from time to time on the odd freight charter. A general dock strike during July 1984 would witness the airline making further trips to Southend carrying yet more cargo. Then in 1987, passenger flights returned albeit temporarily, operating Burstin Holiday flights to the Med, some of these services being carried out by the airline’s newer Boeing 737-300s. While Transavia may have not operated to SEN much after the end of the 1980s, its aircraft still continue to turn up at the airport from time to time either for maintenance or refinishing.

 

Transavia fleet from 1966 to 1990

(Only those aircraft that were likely to have been seen at SEN are listed)

Douglas DC-6B

PH-TRA* – 7/66 to 5/69

Sold to Flughjälp as TF-AAD

PH-TRB* – 7/66 to 5/69

Sold to Flughjälp as TF-AAE

PH-TRC* – 7/66 to 5/69

Sold to Flughjälp as TF-AAF

PH-TRD – 4/68 to 5/69

Leased from Loftleidir

PH-TRE – 4/69 to 10/69

Leased from Loftleidir

PH-TRK – 7/68 to 5/69

Leased from Onyx Corporation

Sud-Aviation SE-210 Caravelle

PH-TRH* – 5/71 to 6/74

DBR taxiing at Amsterdam 22/6/74

PH-TRM – 2/69 to ?/??

Leased from Sud Aviation

PH-TRN – 2/69 to 11/72

Leased from Sud Aviation

PH-TRO* – 10/66 to 11/75

WFU and B/U – Nose to the Aviodome, Lelystad

PH-TRP – 1/73 to 12/75

WFU and B/U

PH-TRR – 3/70 to 12/75

WFU 8/75 and B/U

PH-TRS – ?/70 to 4/76

Sold to Republic du Chad as TT-AAM

PH-TRU – 11/70 to 3/76

Sold to Independent Air Inc as N2296N

PH-TRX* – 5/75 to 11/75

Donated to Schiphol Fire Service – Destroyed 12/78

PH-TRY – ?/?? to 7/76

Sold in the U.S as N777VV

PH-TVT – ?/?? to ?/??

Leased from Sterling Airways

PH-TVV – 5/73 to 6/76

WFU at Schiphol 8/75 and B/U

PH-TVW* – 4/73 to 4/75

WFU and donated to Schiphol as emergency training fuselage – B/U in 1982

PH-TVZ – 3/72 to 10/76

Leased from Sterling Airways

Boeing 737-200

PH-TVC* – 5/74 to 11/90

Sold to Aeropostale as F-GIXA

PH-TVD – 3/75 to 9/90

Sold to Europe Air Post as F-GGVP

PH-TVE* – 4/75 to 5/90

Sold to Inter Cargo Service as F-GGVQ

PH-TVF – 9/74 to 10/90

Sold to TAT as F-GGPC

PH-TVG – 12/74 to 3/75

Sold to Britannia Airways as G-AVRN

PH-TVH – 3/75 to 9/95

Sold to Miami Leasing as N603DJ

PH-TVI – 5/75 to 11/86

Sold to NSBU as N135TA

PH-TVP – 1/78 to 10/85

Sold to CP Air as C-GRCP

PH-TVR – 4/80 to 11/86

Sold to CP Air as C-FICP

PH-TVS – 5/80 to 10/94

Sold to Ryanair as EI-CKP

PH-TVU – 6/82 to 2/95

Sold to Ryanair as EI-CKQ

Boeing 737-300

PH-HVF – 2/86 to 12/99

Sold to Pegasus Aviation as N943PG

PH-HVG – 3/86 to 12/99

Sold to Pegasus Aviation as N945PG

PH-HVJ – 3/87 to 11/99

Sold to Southwest Airlines as N340LV

PH-HVK* – 5/87 to 11/99

Sold to Southwest Airlines as N345SA

PH-HVN – 5/89 to 11/02

Sold to Norwegian as LN-KKG

 

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