Airlines Remembered

Braathens


Photos © R.Leeuw


Ceased operations: 2005
Homebase: Oslo and Stavanger, Norway
Founded: 1998
ICAO callsign: Braathens
Prefix IATA: BU / ICAO: BRA
Operations: Passengers

LN-TUB
Boeing 737-705 LN-TUB (c/n 29089 / 83) is seen here on finals, into Amsterdam / EHAM, on 12oct01. Braathens aircraft were more than daily visitors at Amsterdam because of a cooperation with KLM.

This airline was originally founded as far back as 1946, by Ludvig G.Braathen (initially as a subsidiary of the Braathens shipping company) and was known by the name Braathens S.A.F.E. (abbreviation for South American & Far East Airtransport AS), until renamed Braathens in 1998.
In 1997 KLM acquired a 30 percent stake. The KLM cooperation ended and SAS took a 98 percent share in 2001.
SAS Braathens became the new name of Braathens since the takeover by SAS, commencing in June 2004, rebranded to an Low Cost Company (LCC).
Braathens ceased to exist as a legal entity on 01Apr05, when the last parts of the company were merged into SAS.
The new airline had started using SK flight prefixes effective 01Jan05.
The fleetlist consisted, at some point in 2004, of 19 Boeing 737-400s, -500s, and -700s.

In May 2007 I learned that SAS Braathens (BU/Oslo Gardermoen) was going to be rebranded as SAS Norge (BU/Oslo Gardermoen), on 01June07.
This was published in Airline Business, june 2007 issue:
"Braathens, the Norwegian operation of SAS, will be branded SAS Norge from the beginning of June. Braathens, which was acquired by SAS in June 2001, has been branded SAS Braathens since 2004.
The name change comes as SAS completes the integration of Braathens into its own operation."

LN-BRX
Boeing 737 505 LN-BRX (25797) in take off at Amsterdam, back to the Scandinavian North, in April 2000.
This colourscheme was a modest departure from the traditional Braathens S.A.F.E. colourscheme and both this and the colourscheme at top of page, caused quite a discussion and turmoil...

Source: AeroTransport Data Bank
JP Airline Fleets, 2004 edition


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