Immediately we are going to have a look at the 13-year historical past of Swedish constitution and later scheduled provider Transwede Airways. Trying to fill a niche left following the demise of Transair Sweden, Thomas Johansen based Transwede Airways on April 1, 1985. Initially, the brand new airline started operations at Växjö Småland Airport (VXO) with two 109-seat Sud Aviation Tremendous Caravelles. A 12 months later, the airline moved its base of operations to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN).
In 1986, Transwede Airways bought Swedish tour operator Royal Excursions to ensure itself 200,000 constitution passengers a 12 months. Inside its first 12 months of operations, Transwede Airways acquired two McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane to complement its Caravelles. The MD-83s have been deployed on constitution flights from Stockholm through Olso to Gander in Canada. After refueling in Gander, the plans continued on to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport (FLL) in Florida.
SAS had a digital monopoly on Swedish home flights
By 1990 Transwede Airways had added a Boeing 737-200, two Boeing 737-300s, two MD-87s, and a further two MD-83s. On the time, Scandinavian Airways System (SAS) and its subsidiary Linjeflyg had, due to authorities concessions, a digital monopoly on all Swedish home flights. Transwede was not pleased with this and, in 1989, utilized for a license to function flights between Gothenburg Landvetter Airport (GOT), Sundsvall Airport (SDL), and Skellefteå Airport (SFT). To make the flights worthwhile, the airline bought some smaller turboprop plane.
In the summertime of 1990, Transwede utilized to function scheduled flights between Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö to London Gatwick Airport (LGW). To compete with SAS, Transwede used the truth that the Danish authorities had granted Maersk Air permission to fly to London Gatwick from Copenhagen. Initially working eight return flights per week, Transwede provided tickets at 32% lower than SAS and British Airways have been charging.
Transwede had a 29% market share of flights between Sweden and London
After acquiring permission to function flights between Oslo and London Gatwick, Sterling Airways’s proprietor, TransNordic Group, purchased a 33% stake in Transwede. Inside a 12 months, Transwede was flying thrice a day between Sweden and London with a 29% market share of the route. In August 1992, Transwede began cooperating with Finnair by offering passengers for one another’s networks.
In February 1994, Transwede signed an interlining settlement with SAS to permit for the sale of multi-leg tickets on each airways. A couple of weeks later, it introduced the same take care of Lufthansa for flights between Sweden and Germany. Regardless of rising its working income, Transwede was dropping cash.
Norway’s Braathens SAFE buys Transwede
By 1995, the airline was nearly breaking even with its scheduled flights however dropping closely within the constitution market. Transwede break up the airline in two to separate the companies, creating Transwede Leisure. The constitution division was then offered to Swedish tour operator Fritidsresor and renamed Blue Scandinavia.
In 1996, Norway’s largest home airline, Braathens SAFE, bought 50% of Transwede with an choice to purchase the remainder of the airline a 12 months later. Braathens SAFE bought the remaining 50% of Transwede on December 18, 1997, and adjusted the airline’s title to Braathens Sverige AB.
In accordance with ATDB.aero Transwede Airways operated a fleet of the next plane:
- 2 x Caravelle 10Bs
- 2 x Caravelle 10Rs
- 17 x MD-80s
- 11 x Fokker F-28s
- 4 x Boeing 737-200s
- 4 x Boeing 737-300s
- 1 x Boeing 737-500
- 2 x Boeing 757-200s