Mey-Air

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Mey-Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
none MT Maritime
Founded 1970
Ceased operations 1973
Operating bases Oslo Airport, Fornebu
Fleet size 4
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Key people Hans Otto Meyer

Mey-Air Transport A/S, trading as Mey-Air, was a Norwegian charter airline which operated from 1970 to 1974. Owned by shipping owner Hans Otto Meyer, the company flew both smaller ad hoc charter as well as inclusive tour (IT). Initially operating a varied fleet of ten Cessna, Beechcraft, Convair CV-240 and NAMC YS-11, these were largely sold in 1972 to make way for two Boeing 737-200. The company filed for bankruptcy following the demise of the charter market after the 1973 oil crisis.

History[edit]

Mey-Air was established as a charter airline in 1970,[1] by shipping owner Hans Otto Meyer.[2] Based at the then secondary Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, it intended both to target the ad hoc as well as the inclusive tour charter market.[1] It initially took over two Convair CV-240 from Meyer, although these were sold in 1970 and 1971.[3][4] The airline followed up by buying eight aircraft of six different types, consisting of a Cessna 401,[5] a Cessna 402B,[4] a Cessna 421,[6] two NAMC YS-11,[7] two Beechcraft Queen Air,[8][9] and a Beechcraft King Air 100.[10] These aircraft were quickly sold,[4][6][7][8][9][10] and by the end of 1972 only the Cessna 401 was still in service.[5]

During 1970 Mey-Air operated a newspaper services out of Oslo to Copenhagen and onwards to Amsterdam and Paris. The Queenliners were used for this route.[11] The IT market was undergoing a dramatic boom during this period,[12] and in 1971[7] Mey-Air acquired two Boeing 737-200 for Mediterranean IT flights.[12] Their only later aircraft acquisition was a 1973 purchase of a Cessna 150 and a Convair CV-240.[13]

Mey-Air showed interest in 1972 in acquiring their concessions to operate the routes out of Skien Airport, Geiteryggen. Despite the bankruptcy of the incumbent, Fjellfly, Mey-Air withdrew their interest in the routes.[2] Starting in December 1972, Mey-Air started a cooperation with Falkereiser to fly Danish tourists to Norway.[14] This agreement would become a liability as Mey-Air was not paid in full and eventually became of creditor of the tour operator after it went bankrupt in 1974.[15] One of the 737s is prominently featured as the hijacked aircraft in the 1974 feature film Ransom.[16]

Following the 1973 oil crisis, Mey-Air was similar to other IT airlines adversely effected. Costs rose while charter rates declines, making it impossible to run with a profit.[17] Mey-Air ceased operations on 22 February 1974 and filed for bankruptcy two days later.[18]

Fleet[edit]

The following is a list of aircraft operated by Mey-Air. It contains the model, the accumulated number of aircraft operated (which may exceed the peak county), the year built, the year the type first entered service with the airline, and the year the last unit was retired.

Mey-Air aircraft
Model Qty Built First in Last out Ref(s)
Convair CV-240 2 1949 1969 1974 [3][4][13]
Cessna 401 1 1969 1970 1974 [5]
Cessna 402B 1 1970 1970 1972 [4]
Cessna 421 1 1969 1970 1970 [6]
NAMC YS-11 2 1969 1970 1971 [7]
Beechcraft Queen Air 2 1970 1970 1972 [8][9]
Beechcraft King Air 100 1 1969 1970 1971 [10]
Boeing 737-200 2 1970 1971 1974 [7]
Cessna 150 1 1968 1973 1974 [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Airline Directory – Mey-Air Transport". Flight International: 42. 21 March 1974. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Helskog, Svenn (7 April 1972). "Fjellfly-konsesjon får konsekvenser". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). p. 11. 
  3. ^ a b Hagby: 287
  4. ^ a b c d e Hagby: 288
  5. ^ a b c Hagby: 306
  6. ^ a b c Hagby: 305
  7. ^ a b c d e Hagby: 231
  8. ^ a b c Hagby: 220
  9. ^ a b c Hagby: 221
  10. ^ a b c Hagby: 311
  11. ^ "World Airline Directory – Mey-Air Transport". Flight International: 463. 22 March 1973. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Inclusive tours come of age". Flight International: 607. 11 October 1973. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c Hagby: 207
  14. ^ "Opplev vinter-Norge for 375 kroner". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 27 November 1972. p. 6. 
  15. ^ "Millonkrav mot Falke-reiser". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 26 September 1974. p. 10. 
  16. ^ "Ransom". Internet Movie Plane Database. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "European charter failures". Flight International: 420. 4 April 1974. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "World airlines update". Flight International: 515. 17 October 1974. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 

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