Tor Air

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Tor Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
ODOAITORLINE
Founded2008
Commenced operationsDecember 2008
Ceased operations20 December 2011
Operating bases
Fleet size4
Destinations32
Headquarters Gothenburg, Sweden
Key peopleSven Roland Vinsell (Chairman)
Torbjorn Vinsell (President)
Website www.torair.com
A Tor Air Boeing 737-400. Tor Air Boeing 737-400 Karakas.jpg
A Tor Air Boeing 737-400.

Tor Air AB, operated as Tor Air, was a charter airline based in Gothenburg, Sweden, that operated between December 2008 and December 2011. Its main base was Gothenburg City Airport. [1] This airline should not be mixed up with another Swedish charter airline named Tor-Air, which operated from 1964 and 1966 with Curtiss Commando and Douglas DC-3 aircraft.

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History

The company was established by private investors and received a Swedish Air Operators Certificate on 1 December 2008. [1] It commenced operations in December 2008 with a Boeing 737-400 leased from International Lease Finance Corporation. [2] The airline specialised in wet-lease and charter operations, particularly operating services for other carriers when needed. [1] Tor Air later acquired two Boeing 737-300s to fly from Manchester to Preveza and Gothenburg, as well as London-Gatwick to destinations such as Faro, Skiathos, Bourgas, Sharm el-Sheikh, Zante, Kos, Corfu and Rhodes.

On 25 April 2010, Tor Air's Boeing 737-400 operated the first commercial service between Baghdad and London in 20 years, while on a wet lease to Iraqi Airways. [3] It was a short lived service however as a lawyer for Kuwait tried to have the aircraft seized in London due to financial problems between Iraq and Kuwait, this was not possible though as the aircraft belonged to a Swedish company and not an Iraqi company. [4]

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On 20 December 2011, Tor Air had its licence revoked by Sweden’s transportation board, [5] due to lack of sufficient financial resources. [6] All staff were made redundant.

Destinations

Tor Air operated charter flights, serving the following destinations (as of March 2011):

[Base] Base
[Seasonal]Seasonal service
CityCountryIATAICAOAirport
Baghdad Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq BGWORBI Baghdad International Airport
Burgas Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria BOJLBBG Burgas Airport
Chania Flag of Greece.svg  Greece CHQLGSA Chania International Airport
Cologne/Bonn Flag of Germany.svg  Germany CGNEDDK Cologne Bonn Airport [Seasonal]
Corfu Flag of Greece.svg  Greece CFULGKR Corfu International Airport
Dubrovnik Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia DBVLDDU Dubrovnik Airport
Erbil Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq EBLORER Erbil International Airport
Faro Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal FAOLPFR Faro Airport
Friedrichshafen Flag of Germany.svg  Germany FDHEDNY Friedrichshafen Airport
Gothenburg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden GSEESGP Gothenburg City Airport [Base]
Gothenburg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden GOTESGG Göteborg Landvetter Airport
Heraklion Flag of Greece.svg  Greece HERLGIR Heraklion International Airport
Kalamata Flag of Greece.svg  Greece KLXLGKL Kalamata International Airport
Kefalonia Flag of Greece.svg  Greece EFLLGKF Kefalonia Island International Airport
Kos Flag of Greece.svg  Greece KGSLGKO Kos Island International Airport
Larnaca Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus LCALCLK Larnaca International Airport
Lemnos Flag of Greece.svg  Greece LXSLGLM Lemnos International Airport
London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom LGWEGKK Gatwick Airport [Base]
Malmö Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden MMXESMS Malmö Airport
Manchester Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom MANEGCC Manchester Airport
Paphos Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus PFOLCPH Paphos International Airport
Pula Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia PUYLDPL Pula Airport
Preveza/Lefkada Flag of Greece.svg  Greece PVKLGPZ Aktion National Airport
Rhodes Flag of Greece.svg  Greece RHOLGRP Rhodes International Airport
Samos Flag of Greece.svg  Greece SMILGSM Samos International Airport
Santorini Flag of Greece.svg  Greece JTRLGSR Santorini National Airport
Sharm el-Sheikh Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt SSHHESH Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Skiathos Flag of Greece.svg  Greece JSILGSK Skiathos Island National Airport
Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden ARNESSA Arlanda Airport
Sulaymaniyah Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq ISUORSU Sulaymaniyah International Airport
Tehran Flag of Iran.svg  Iran IKAOIIE Imam Khomeini International Airport [Seasonal]
Thessaloniki Flag of Greece.svg  Greece SKGLGTS Thessaloniki International Airport
Verona Flag of Italy.svg  Italy VRNLIPX Verona Airport
Volos Flag of Greece.svg  Greece VOLLGBL Nea Anchialos National Airport
Zakynthos Flag of Greece.svg  Greece ZTHLGZA Zakynthos International Airport

Fleet

The Tor Air fleet included the following aircraft in September 2011: [1]

Tor Air Fleet
AircraftTotalOrdersPassengers
(Business/Economy)
Notes
Airbus A320-212 10177 (0/177)Operated by BH Air
Boeing 737-300 20148 (0/148)Operated by Small Planet Airlines
Boeing 737-400 10150 (12/138)
Total40

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Endres 2010, p. 149
  2. Lee Ann Tegtmeie (2011). "Tor Air Selects Sabena Technics | AVIATION WEEK". aviationweek.com. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. "Baghdad to London flights resume". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  4. AFP / The Swedish Wire (30 April 2010). "Baghdad. Kuwaiti authority tried to seize Swedish airplane". The Swedish Wire online. Retrieved 10 August 2010. BAGHDAD (AFP) -The first commercial flight between Baghdad and London in 20 years – operated by Swedish carrier Tor Air...When the airplane arrived at [the airport] in London, the lawyer for the Kuwaiti authority tried to seize it, but he failed, because the airplane belongs to a Swedish company [wet-lease carrier Tor Air]...
  5. Tor Air licence revoked
  6. Tor Air licence revoked – Swedish

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