17.08.07 Repaint for LN-BRM
LN-BRM arrived at Shannon (SNN)
for repaint into SAS standard colour scheme.
The aircraft is seen here wearing a "fancy" metallic hybrid look
both pictures by Malcolm Nason
14.01.07 New Home for two old workhorses
Orenair of Russia has taken delivery of its first 737-500, which has been registered on the Grand Cayman Islands as VP-BGR. This particular aircraft served in Braathens as LN-BRU until it was returned to the leasing company
Also exLN-BRF has found a new home. After a brief period with Air Senegal, the aircraft is now flying with Royal Air Maroc as CN-RON.
2.12.06 More fleet News
The registrations and Viking Names for the 2 new -700s were unveiled:
Dag Viking (delivery July 07)
LN-RRB Cecilia Viking (delivery June 07)
LN-BRJ is set to return in Spring 07
from Air Baltic for a short period until Autumn when it will be returned to the
lessor. LN-BRD is leaving and will be gone by 1st May. Instead, Leasing Contract
of LN-BRH has been extended and this bird will stay for the foreseeable future.
After some wait and overhaul in London-Stansted, VP-BBU (exLN-TUC) has finally arrived in Dallas and is now in service with Southwest Airlines in a hybrid cs. Seens here just before entry into Service by Mark Monse:
25.09.06 LN-TUB and LN-TUC find new homes at Southwest Airlines.
After 4 years with Ford Air, LN-TUB
and LN-TUC left the "old world" crossed the pond and will soon serve with
Seen here is VP-BBT (LN-TUB) as N270WN in Dallas prior its flight to PAE for painting:
Phtoto Credit: Mark Monse
Seen in Stavanger, awaiting its delivery to Southwest, still in Basic Ford Air cs, VP-BBU (LN-TUC):
Photo Credit: Lennart Rimestad
25.09.06 2 more 737-700 with Winglets
SAS Braathens will take delivery of 2 737-700 aircraft with Blended Winglets in June 2007. Both Aircraft will be thrust rated at 22.000 KN and have a Cabin lay-out very similar to the existing -705s. Cockpit layout will be the same as on the -783s. Both aircraft are rumoured to be High-Gross-Weight versions.
Furthermore, LN-BRJ is expected back from Air Baltic in Spring. LN-BRD will leave the fleet and is advertised available from 08-2007.
16.06.06 Group formed that aims to find a new investor for Braathens Technical Services
As of today, a group of twelve people was formed with the goal to find a new investor for Braathens Technical Services (BTS). If this search is successfull, the Technical Base in Stavanger-Sola with its unique possibilities could be preserved and kept running.
The Group consists Politicians, local industry represents and employees of both BTS and SAS Component.
15.06.06 SAS Board confirms BTS closure
After a 2-day long Board meeting in Stockholm, SAS Board confirmed the closure of Braathens Technical Services (BTS). With that step, the last visible part of Braathens becomes history.
SAS Board Chairman and SAS CEO Jörgen Lindegaard were both in and gave arguments that are in deep controversy to what Boeing says, what the competition says and to their own actions:
Here a few examples:
SAS: We have overcapacity and the
marked is not going up.
Boeing: Marked for MRO is in strong growth
Fact: MRO providers like FLS and ATC Lasham are so busy that they cannot deliver on time for the moment.
SAS: If we would close STS OSL Base,
we would have to invest in STS STO.
Fact: SAS does invest in STS STO anyway to enlarge capacity there.
SAS: Sterling was not willing to
send their 737s to Stavanger.
Fact: Braathens Technical Services was fully booked for the time that Sterling wanted to have their checks preformed.
Last but not least a short view into the figures shows that the numbers of 737CL in SAS Group is not decreasing but increasing since Air Baltic and Estonian Fleets grow. As of today, there are more 737CL is the Scandinavian marked than in 2002. In comparision, the number of 737NG is going down as both Sterling, Braathens and SAS have reduced their fleets with -700 (NB/BU) and -600 & -800s (SK).
09.06.06 Full Strike among Braathens Technical Staff
All staff of Braathens Technical Services (BTS) went out on strike today at 12.00 in an attempt to demonstrate against the planned shut-down of BTS. They were joined by many employees from Pratt & Whitney Norway Engine Center, CNC Helicopter as well as former BU employees and other local staff. A total of 1.500 people demonstrated.
At the same time, the proposal causes a lot of operational hazards for SASBraathens.
As planned D-Checks cannot be preformed in time, at least one aircraft is in danger of getting grounded due to run out of hours. A second one is very critical as it is almost impossible to get a slot for a D-Check at another MRO supplier.
A big gathering is planned tomorrow in Byparken at 17.00. Be with and support Braathens Technical staff!!!
09.06.06 New Carvings from 767 "Olav den Hellige"
Special Thanks must go to Per Julius Hellweg for sending these Pictures
19.01.2005 LN-BRH in complete SAS Braathens CS
Photo Credit: Helge Nyhus
05.01.2005 LN-BRH debuts in SAS Braathens cs without titles and flag
Today, LN-BRH was rolled out of the paint shop at Sola and is now spotting the new SAS Braathens livery. The Paint is not 100% finished yet, as the titles and the flag sticker behind the wing are still missing.
05.01.2005 LN-TUI completes the final Medevac flight, bringing home Swedish citizens
LN-TUI returned safely after the final
relief flight from Phuket. The flight was conducted on request of the Swedish
Government. The aircraft did stop in Bangkok, Dubai and Malmö. LN-TUK returned
already on 3rd of January from Phuket, also flying passengers back to Sweden.
The flight was routed via Bangkok, Dubai and Stockholm/Arlanda.
Now both aircraft are readied and cleaned so that they can re-enter passenger revenue traffic as soon as possible.
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*BU1278 was the last ever flight to be operated with BU prefix.
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01.01.2005 Also LN-TUK returns / Last BU flight with LN-TUI from Phuket to OSL
LN-TUK landed safely at OSL at 06.49 with more injured passengers onboard. The flight was also routed via Dubai.
Meanwhile, LN-TUI is setting course back to Oslo via Bangkok, Dubai and Stockholm, carrying once again severely injured passengers back to their homes in Sweden and Norway. BU 1178 will be the last ever flight operated with BU prefix. It is a co-incident of history, that some of Braathens' first flights as an Airline was to carry refugees in Palestine.The BU prefix is now history.
Norwegian Military pointed out that these medical flights will continue as long as there is sufficient demand for these flights. Routings via Bangkok insist however that the main part of heavily injured tourists has been evacuated from Phuket and the rest is now in rather safe conditions in Bangkok.
SAS has already announced that they will provide extra capacity with their 737-800 aircraft to/from Bangkok also on 3rd and 4th of January.
30.12.2004 LN-TUI returns from Phuket on 31.12.2004
LN-TUI arrived in Phuket yesterday evening and left around 12.00. Onboard 21 heavily injured Norwegians and 17 Swedes. The aircraft is expected back at Oslo Gardermoen around midnight. LN-TUK is arriving in Phuket in the late afternoon and will carry home more injured passengers.
Arrival OSL 06.20
from Phuket via Dubai
BU 1171 Depar. OSL 07.00 to Phuket via Dubai (LN-TUK) Expected time of arrival in Phuket 20.30
BU 1272 Arrival OSL 06.49 from Phuket via Dubai (LN-TUK) 01-01-2005
One more charter flight is planned to take off on 31st. of December2004:
BU 1277 Departure OSL 10.00 to Phuket via Dubai (LN-TUI)
Arrival OSL 12.30 from Phuket via
*BU1278 was the last ever flight to be operated with BU prefix.
29.12.2004 Norwegian Military demands a 2nd 737-700
Norwegian Military has requested a second
737-700 to be refitted into Flying Hospital to be used to fly injured Norwegians
LN-TUK is now beeing readied at Oslo-Gardermoen with 24 beds and room for less injured passengers and is expected to fly to Phuket as soon as possible.
LN-TUI took off from Gardermoen 10.07 and is expected in Phuket at 22.30 hours.
BU 1253 Departure OSL 10.07 to Phuket via Dubai Expected Time of arrival 22.30
28.12.2004 SAS Braathens helps the flood victims / 1 737-700 to fly as flying hospital
As of today, the Norwegian Military made
use of their exclusive right to require a 737-700 to be used to fly injured
Norwegians home from abroad countries. During the night, LN-TUI was readied,
fitted out with 24 beds and is expected to set course to Phuket on Wednesday
Morning. A fuel-stop is planned in Zahedan/Iran.
The aircraft will be used to carry home heavily injured Norwegians that were in Phuket during the time of the Tsunami on 26nd. Already now it is clear that there will be more than one flight necessary.
Furthermore, SAS has freed up 15 aircraft (A340/A330/B737-800) to fly for the Nordic Governments. These aircraft will be used to fly stranded tourists home to the Scandinavian countries.
3.11.2004 SAS Braathens announces Route Cuts
announced the discountinuation of routes from Oslo to Geneve and London/Gatwick.
Both routes were started earlier this year under the expansion of the Oslo
operations, but failed to show profitability.
3.11.2004 Braathens posts a 36 Mil. SEK Loss for 3rd quarter 2004
Braathens posted a 36 Million SEK loss for the 3rd quarter 2004 which included a net loss of 144 Million SEK from the sale of 3 Boeing 737-700 to a third party. Without this loss from financial transactions, the operational result was positive.
Cabin Factor increased to 67.8% (60%) an upturn of 7,8% compared to last year.
Yields were depressed
considerably and ended up 8,8% lower compared to last year. This underlines the
extreme price-pressure in the marked, which is characterized by overcapacity and
fierce competition both inside Norway and on European routes.
1.9.2004 SASBraathens introduces a new corporate livery
presented the new livery, which will contain basic elements of both the old SAS
cs and the old Braathens cs. The new livery is a basic look-alike of the SAS cs,
but features a new logo as well as the Norwegian flag in the back of the
aircraft. On the engine cowls, the "Scandinavian" logo will be replaced by "SASBraathens.
Painting will go inline with heavy maintenance checks and will be undertaken at Stavanger at Braathens Technical Services. Since the big number of 52 aircraft, the process of repainting will take several years.