Airlines Remembered

TransAer International Airlines

Photos © R.Leeuw


Ceased operations: 2000
Homebase: Dublin, Ireland
Founded: 1991
ICAO callsign: Translift
Flightnbr prefix: TLA
Operations: passengers

Transaer's EI-TLM at London-Gatwick
Transaer's A300B4-203 EI-TLM (c/n 046) is seen here at London-Gatwick in August 2000.

TransAer was established in October 1991 as Translift Airways by P.J. McGoldrick. Translift used aging Douglas DC-8-73s (re-engined).
TransAer began service in February 1992 flying holiday charters to resorts around Europe with a fleet of six Airbus A300s and ten Airbus A320s. TransAer also specialized in leasing aircraft to many other airlines, operating on short- and long-term leases all over the world.
TransAer ceased operations in 2000. It went into liquidation after incurring significant losses and failing to find alternative investors when a proposed merger with UK-based HeavyLift Cargo collapsed.
There was also TransAer Cologne, based at Köln, Germany (CGN) in order to tap the German charter market for low-fare airtravel; operations ceased in spring 2000 due to low traffic and low yields.


Sources:
Fleet info: JP Airline Fleets 1994/1995
The history of commercial aviation
Various news items on the Internet.



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