SAS Braathens

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SAS Braathens




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Address: (postal address:) Oksenøyveien 3, 0080 Oslo, Norway, (visitors address:) Oksenøyveien 3, Fornebu, Norway


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SAS Braathens is a Norwegian airline, which has merged with the Norwegian part of SAS AB to become SAS Braathens in 2004.


Code Data

  • IATA Code: BU (SAS Braathens SK)
  • ICAO Code: BRA (SAS Braathens SCA)
  • Callsign: Braathens (SAS Braathens: Scanor)


The Braathens fleet consisted of the following aircraft before the merger:

  • 4 Boeing 737-400
  • 13 Boeing 737-500
  • 9 Boeing 737-700


The airline was formed in 1946.

For many years, Braathens was known as Braathens S.A.F.E, the latter part being an acronym standing for South American and Far East, which is exactly the destinations Braathens were serving in the beginning. The company was founded by Norwegian ship owner Ludvig G. Braathen, with the intention of serving his ships in other parts of the world.

But when the SAS AB was set up in 1951, it was given a monopoly on international flights originating and operating from Scandinavia. Via an agreement with Icelandic airline Loftleidir that lasted for 10 years, Braathens could, with Icelandic concessions, operate their DC-4 routes from Europe to the US, via Iceland.

When Braathens applied for a renewed concession for the Far Eastern route in 1954, they were turned down, and Braathens was forced to rebuild the airline's structure to turn it into a successful domestic-only airline.

Soon after the jet age began, Braathens acquired some different types of jet aircraft, and in 1989, they were allowed once again to fly international routes in addition to the domestic ones. Apart from their regular flights, they also operate as a charter airline.

In 1996, Braathens took over Transwede, and in 1998, Malmo Aviation.

That was also the year when Braathens formed an alliance with KLM and Northwest Airlines. Alitalia was supposed to also join that alliance, but later decided not to. Braathens also dropped the SAFE from their name, and the company was known as Braathens until 2004.

In 2001, after tough economic times, Braathens was bought by the SAS AB, although they were able to keep operating under their name until SAS Braathens became operative 1st of april 2005. The Braathen family still own the Swedish airline Malmö Aviation, which was separated from Braathens as a result of the takeover by SAS. Braathens was known as "The Norwegian Flag Carrier," and stands as a major contributor to Norwegian aviation history.


External links

  • Braathens Fleet Detail
  • Braathens Passenger Opinions
  • Braathens History


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