Airlines Remembered

Braathens S.A.F.E.


Photos © R.Leeuw


Ceased operations: 1998
Homebase: Oslo, Norway
Founded: 1946
ICAO callsign: Braathens
Prefix IATA: BU / ICAO: BRA
Operations: Passengers

LN-BRX
Boeing 737 505 LN-BRX (25797) is seen here upon arrival at Amsterdam / EHAM in March 2000.

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 was terminated at some point and SAS took a 98 percent share in 2001.
The 1981 fleetlisted stated 4 Fokker F.28 Fellowships and 11 Boeing 737-200s, with 2 Boeing 767s on order for delivery in 1984.

LN-BUE
737-505 LN-BUE (cn 27627 / 2800) is seen here on pushout from the gate at London-Gatwick, 07Aug00.

I remember when I worked as a passenger handling employee with Aeroground Services at Amsterdam, somewhere during the late-1970s, and was hoping for a timely break to celebrate New Year's Eve.
Then I got news that a delayed Braathens SAFE flight had to leave the Canary Islands because no hotel there could accommodate them, but crew duty hours would expire before the flight would arrive at their homebase... Amsterdam was the only airport to remain open for the passengers to spend a night in a nearby hotel, while the crew spent their legal rest.
The arrival time was shortly before midnight and I remember how I hearded the passengers to the ground transport, most still dressed for warm weather, and how they had to walk through several feet of snow as at Amsterdam we had one of our fiercest winters in many years... All I was interested in was to get them into the busses and to start popping champagne corks !

Source: AeroTransport Data Bank
JP Airline Fleets, 1981 edition


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