West Air Sweden

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West Air Sweden
West atlantic logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
- SWN AIR SWEDEN
Founded 1955
Hubs Malmö Airport
Fleet size 38
Parent company West Atlantic Group
Headquarters Gothenburg, Sweden
Website westair.se

West Air Sweden, operating as West Atlantic, 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 and Royal Mail. Its main bases are Lidköping-Hovby Airport (LDK) and Malmö Airport (MMX).

History[edit]

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, in co junction with the new airline Time Air Sweden. 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.[citation needed]

Since 2011 the airline has been part of the West Atlantic Group along with British cargo airline Atlantic Airlines, both airline trade as West Atlantic with its headquarters in Sweden.[1]

Fleet[edit]

West Air Sweden Hawker Siddeley HS 748
West Air Sweden British Aerospace ATP

Current fleet[edit]

The West Air Sweden fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[2]

West Air Sweden Fleet
Aircraft In
Service
Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 767-200SF 3
British Aerospace ATPF 33
Bombardier CRJ200LRF 2
Total 38

Historical fleet[edit]

Aircraft Note
ATR 72 Operated from 2006 to 2013[3]

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

  • On 8 January 2016, West Air Sweden Flight 294, a Bombardier CRJ200 was operating a cargo flight from Oslo Airport, Gardermoen to Tromso Airport, when it lost radar contact shortly after declaring an emergency at 23:31Z. The aircraft was later located having impacted the side of a mountain northwest of Lake Akkajaure about 10km from the border of Norway in mountainous area without road access. The flight was carrying 4.5 tons of mail and parcels.[4] Swedish authorities stated that there is "no chance" the two pilots, the only people on board, would have survived this accident.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baltic Air Charter Association
  2. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 33. 
  3. ^ http://www.westatlantic.eu/Fleet/Historical-Fleet
  4. ^ "Crash: West Atlantic Sweden CRJ2 near Akkajaure on Jan 8th 2016, lost height after emergency call". avherald.com. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  5. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200PF SE-DUX Akkajaure". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 

External links[edit]

Media related to West Air Sweden at Wikimedia Commons