Airlines Remembered

Transjet Airways

Photos © R.Leeuw


Transjet ceased operations 09Jul02
Homebase: Stockhlm, Sweden
Founded: 2000
ICAO callsign: Transjet
Flightnbr prefix: S9 /SWL
Operations: passengers



Transjet Airways was founded in 2000 by Thomas Johansson and started with operations in the summer of 2001, with a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (leased from Air Liberté) on contract by English touroperators.
Transjet principal business was the provision of aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) services for a number of leading airlines. Under an ACMI contract, clients received a dedicated aircraft in exchange for a guaranteed minimum monthly level of operation.
In 2002 Transjet also announced an expansion to include three Boeing 747 for the purpose of Haji flights to Mecca, adhoc market and expanding the MD 83 fleet to 6 aircraft. For the summer of 2002 Transjet established hubs in Sweden, Greece, and UK.


Being 747-212B SE-RBH (cn21316/309) is seen here on the gate at Amsterdam Int'l, awaiting passengers for a flight to the Balearics. The flight was a subcharter for Martinair and things did not go smoothly; it was operated with considerable delay. Only days later Transjet was grounded.
Transjet Airways was grounded by the Swedish aviation authorities due to organizational problems with its flight operations and its AOC (Aircraft Operator Certificate) was withdrawn by Swedish aviation authorities on July 09th due to being not compliant with safety regulations and its fleet of 3 747s & 5 MD80s was grounded
On 13Nov2002 the AoC was permanently withdrawn as Transjet failed to meet the requirements of the Flight Safety Inspection of the Swedish CAA. Further attempts to restart operations was not going to happen.

Sources:
Transjet Airways website : www.transjet.se
Thomas Jaeger Newsletter (www.ch-aviation.ch)
Scramble magazine (www.scramble.nl)
JP Airline-Fleets 2002
Aviation Letter magazine
Aero Transport Data Bank

In Dec.2007 a company in Uppsala was awarded a contract to convert the Transjet 747 to... a hotel!
It should provide for 80 beds and the cockpit was to be converted to an exclusive suite. A youthhostel was granted permission to set this up at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. The Boeing 747 had been grounded since 2002.


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