Air Sweden (1991–93)

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Time Air Sweden AB
Air Sweden IAI 1124.jpg
IATA
SL/HK
ICAO
Callsign
AIR SWEDEN
Founded 1991
Commenced operations March 1991
Ceased operations February 1993
Hubs Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
Fleet size 7 (upon closure)
Headquarters Upplands Väsby
Key people Thomas Johansson

Air Sweden, also known as Time Air Sweden was a short-lived airline from Sweden, which was operational between 1991 and 1993. The airline was set up as a charter airline as the airline market in Sweden was not deregulated at the time being. The airline operated cargo flights with its single Douglas DC-8-71F on the route Ostend-Stockholm-Delhi.[1] Parts of the airline was used to form West Air Sweden, namely the single IAI Westwind left after the crash of the first one.[2] There is no connection to the nowadays Air Sweden. The airlines was owned by the Swedish businessman Thomas Johansson, the former owner of Transwede with the main creditor being GE Capital.[3] When GE Capital canceled the credits for the airline in 1993 it went bankrupt. This was due to the high losses related to the economic downturn in Sweden as well as the purchase of the TriStars.

Fleet[edit]

Air Sweden Douglas DC-8-71 at Hannover Airport.
Air Sweden's Fleet[4][5]
Aircraft Number of aircraft In Service Notes
Boeing 737-200
3
1991-1992
Two former Braathens aircraft. Names: Norwegian Rainbow (SE-DLD) and Irish Rainbow (SE-DLP). SE-DKH unnamed.
Boeing 737-300
3
1992-1993
SE-DLG named Alabama Rainbow. SE-DPN and SE-DPO unnamed.
Douglas DC-8-71
1
1991-1993
SE-DLH, unnamed.
Douglas DC-8-71F
1
1992-1993
SE-DLM, named Italian Rainbow.
Douglas DC-8-73
1
1992-1993
F-GDRM, named Texas Rainbow. Leased from AOM French Airlines.[6]
IAI Westwind[7][8]
2
1991-1993[9]
SE-DLK crashed at Umeå Airport in 1992. SE-DLL was transferred to West Air Sweden when Air Sweden went bankrupt.
Lockheed L-1011-100
2
1993
SE-DPR (c/n 1231). SE-DPP (c/n 1221) never delivered.
Total
11

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