Fred Olsens Flyselskap (doing business as Fred Olsen Air Transport) had a long history in aviation and was a regular guest at my homebase, Amsterdam Int'l Airport. It was always nice to see the Lockheed Electras in their slightly nose-down approach attitude with the smoketrail clearly visible !
Its activities included extensive passenger and freight charter and contract work, calibration and aircraft maintenance and executive charter flights. Main source of revenue was derived from cargo flights.
The contract to feed cargo in the Amsterdam hub for KLM Cargo started in 1989 and routes were flown from Scandinavian destinations. It came as a shock when Fred Olsen decided to shut down his airline operations for economic and engineering reasons: it had become too expensive to operate these aircraft. All aircraft were stored and offered for sale in 1997.
|Registration||Type of Aircraft||C/n||Remarks||LN-FOE||Dassault Falcon 20||125||ex N812PA||LN-FOG||Lockheed L-188AF Electra||1143||ex LN-MOD||LN-FOH||Lockheed L-188AF Electra||1145||ex LN-MOI||LN-FOI||Lockheed L-188CF Electra||2005||ex N31231||LN-FOM||Hawker-Siddeley HS.748-235||1631||ex PP-VDT|
The fleet in 1997:
|Registration||Type of Aircraft||C/n||Remarks||LN-ILS||DeHavilland DHC-8-103 Dash 8||396||Calibrator, opf Luftvartverket||LN-FOG||Lockheed L-188AF Electra||1143||converted L-188A||LN-FOH||Lockheed L-188AF Electra||1145||converted L-188A, opf DHL||LN-FOI||Lockheed L-188CF Electra||2005||converted L-188C||LN-FOL||Lockheed L-188AF Electra||1116||converted L-188A, opf DHL||LN-FON||Lockheed L-188PF Electra||1128||converted L-188A, op in DHL colourscheme||LN-FOO||Lockheed L-188CF Electra||1098||converted L-188C, opf DHL|
World Airline Fleets 1978, by Günter G. Endres (Airline Publications)
Fleet info: JP Airline Fleets 1997
"Vliegtuigen van de Wereld" encyclopedia
"A Decade of Prop Supremacy", article in Propliner magazine no.80 (1999) by Jan Koppen and Michael Prophet
Karl Hayes chronicled the history of this operator (which started out operating both passenger- and cargo flights) extensively in Propliner magazine, nos.122 ('Spring 2010') and 123.