TransAer International Airlines

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TransAer International Airlines
TransAer International Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded October 1991 (1991-10)
Commenced operations February 1992 (1992-02)
Ceased operations 20 October 2000 (2000-10-20)
Operating bases
Parent company Translift Holdings[2]:104
Headquarters Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland
Key people
  • Willie O'Byrne (CEO at the time of closure)[3]
A Translift Airways Douglas DC-8 AT Dublin Airport in 1993

TransAer International Airlines was an Irish charter airline headquartered in the TransAer House, Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland.[1] The airline was previously known as Translift Airways.[2]:104 It was established in October 1991 and started operations in February 1992.[2]:105 Renaming took place on 10 April 1997.[2]:104 It was the brainchild of P. J. McGoldrick (who later went on to run Ryanair and EUjet).

The airline operated a number of Airbus A300B4 and Airbus A320-200 aircraft.[2]:105 Some Boeing 727, Boeing 757 and Boeing 737-200 were also operated for a short period of time.[citation needed] The company leased aircraft to Libyan Arab Airlines and Khalifa Airways.[4]

TransAer went into liquidation on 20 October 2000.[4] Prior to the collapse, an 18-month contract was signed in 2000 to help set up a new airline in Kosovo.[5] The collapse was blamed on the adverse effects of the Kosovo war, a failed $18 million investment in American airline TransMeridian and losses of $14 million incurred by TransAer's German and Greek charter airline business. The business failed with outstanding debts of £30 million and made 450 employees redundant.[6]

Two of their aircraft were impounded in Ireland by Aer Rianta the day after the airline appointed a liquidator, due to TransAer's failure pay landing and handling fees amounting to over £200,000.


  1. ^ a b c "World Airline Directory – TransAer". Flight International. 155 (4669): 108. 24–30 March 1999. ISSN 0015-3710. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h
  3. ^ Beesley, Arthur (21 October 2000). "Nearly 300 Irish jobs lost as charter firm TransAer goes into liquidation". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 12 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Irish fail AirKosova". Flight International. 31 October 2000. Archived from the original on 12 February 2017. 
  5. ^ McCaughren, Samantha (2 October 2000). "TransAer wins $15m Kosovan airline deal". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Collapse of EUjet is second airline failure for boss

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