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What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:36 am

Hey everyone! I came across something that mentioned Braathens S.A.F.E. I have no idea what that was? Was it like, a low fare portion of Braathens? Can anyone explain what it was to me? Thanks in advance!
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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:46 am

As far as I know, the airlines initial intention was to fly from Norway with Constellations to South America and Far East, therefrom the S.A.F.E.

As SAS was formed then by Denmark, Sweden and Norway, Braathens could not go international and became a mainly domestic carrier.
 
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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:57 am

Yes. 'SAFE' stood for 'South America and Far East'. But long after Braathens SAFE first went domestic and then returned to (shoert haul) international services its aircraft carried 'BRATHENS S.A.F.E.' titles:

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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 8:59 pm

It also flies charter for some Scandinavian TOs.
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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 9:02 pm

Braathens has long been involved in charter/IT flights carrying sun-starved Norweigians.
 
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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 9:27 pm

So Braathens S.A.F.E. existed before 1946 when SAS took off? Had NO idea..

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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 10:33 pm

Braathens S-A-F-E was a private airline owned by the Braathens family in Oslo. In early days they flew to typical shipping destinations, transported crews and other equipment.

Later SAS (1940's) was founded and became the "national carrier" of Norway as well as Sweden and Denmark. Braathens S-A-F-E lost most of it's international routes and were left with domestic and charter operations until late 1980's.

Deregulation came and Braathens S-A-F-E eventually changed name to Braathens and started limited international services in fierce competition with SAS. First they had co-operation with British Airways, later KLM until they were merged into SAS in 2003.

Today, we have SAS Norway called SAS Braathens because of this merger.

At one stage 1984-1985 they also operated B767-200  Smile


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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:24 am

Quoting Legacy135 (Reply 1):
As far as I know, the airlines initial intention was to fly from Norway with Constellations to South America and Far East, therefrom the S.A.F.E.

Not only their intention, they actually did it. Their first flight was from Oslo to Hong Kong with lots of stop-overs in between.
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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:49 am

Quoting Frontiercpt (Thread starter):
Hey everyone! I came across something that mentioned Braathens S.A.F.E. I have no idea what that was?

Frontiercpt, in addition to the excellent info from Vadheim and Redchili, you may look at these threads:
http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/bu.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braathens
 
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RE: What Was Braathens S.A.F.E?

Tue Sep 13, 2005 5:31 am

Braathens SAFE never flew any Connies but DC-4s and later DC-6Bs to South America and Far East(thereby the clever suffix).