Airlines Remembered

West Air Sweden

Photos © R.Leeuw

Ceased operations: merged with Atlantic Airlines 2008/2009
Homebase: Gothenburg (Sweden)
Founded: 1962
ICAO callsign:Air Sweden
IATA / ICAO prefix:
Operations: cargo & mail

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SE-LPR seen parked on the 'Sierra'-ramp at Amsterdam IAP on 01Mar04

Originally formed as Air Sweden Executive and Abal Air. The company moved to Lidköping in 1997.
Formed asset management subsidiary European Turboprop Management in 2002. Its parent company was named West Air Europe in 2002.And on 29Oct08 news became known for the planned merger with Atlantic Airlines,UK under new parent company West Atlantic but keeping its brand name.


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SE-LHX at Amsterdam on 09Mar02, waiting for another nighttime assignment.

West Air Sweden is a cargo airline based in Gothenburg, Sweden. It operates scheduled and ad hoc freight charter services for FedEx, DHL, TNT and UPS. It is also contracted to operate mail flights 6 nights a week on behalf of the Swedish post office. Its main bases are Lidköping-Hovby Airport (LDK) and Malmö Airport (MMX).
In October 2008 it was announced that the airline would merge with British cargo airline Atlantic Airlines to form a new airline called West Atlantic with its headquarters in Sweden.
The airline was established in 1955 as LBF-Eda Varken operating air taxi flights. The name was changed to Abal Air in 1982 and to West Air Sweden in 1992. It then converted to a cargo airline in May 1997 after discontinuing scheduled passenger services between Säve and Sundsvall. During 2006 West Air won a contract with the Norwegian Postal services rendering an expansion of 50% of West Air's capacity.

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SE-LHZ was assigned to the Luxembourg division but is seen here at Amsterdam IAP on 15Sep02

From JP Airline Fleets 2008/2009:

West Air Europe's fleetlist

Avro 748 SE-LIE
West Air Sweden started its cargo growth with a fleet of ex/ military Avro 748s.
SE-LIE (c/n 1595) is seen at Amsterdam in Jan.2001 and markings from its former military use were seen inside the
nosewheel doors. Photo of RAAF A10-595 on

Aerotransport Data Base (ATDB)

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