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Founded 1966
Commenced operations 17 November 1966
Hubs Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Focus cities Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Eindhoven Airport
Copenhagen Airport
Paris-Orly Airport
Subsidiaries France Denmark
Fleet size 25 (+6 orders)
Destinations 88
Parent company Air France-KLM
Headquarters Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Former Transavia logo (formerly Transavia Airlines CV and styled as is a Dutch-Danish based low-cost airline operating as an independent part of the Air France-KLM group. Its main base is at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol while Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM), Eindhoven Airport (EIN) and Copenhagen Airport (CPH) are its secondary bases. chiefly operates scheduled and charter services to leisure destinations. It is headquartered at Schiphol Airport in Haarlemmermeer.[1]



The airline was established in the end of 1965 as Transavia Limburg. Johan Nicolaas Block (1929-1994) (former co-founder of Martinair and later founder of Air Holland) bought the 'sleeping' airline Transavia Limburg which he renamed to Transavia and it began operations on 17 November 1966. He built up the airline from scratch. Ten years later Transavia had a marketshare of 45% of the Dutch holiday market and became the main competitor of Martinair. In 1986,Transavia was changed to Transavia Airlines. It was the first airline to take advantage of the first open skies agreement signed between the UK and Dutch governments. Transavia started operating its first scheduled service on the Amsterdam to London Gatwick route on 26 October 1986.

In the 1990's Transavia attempted to purchase another Dutch operated airline Air Holland of which it failed. Air Holland is now defunct.

During 1991, the airline's major shareholder, Nedlloyd, sold its 80% holding to KLM. In 1998, Transavia was the first foreign airline to operate domestic services in Greece following a change in Greek aviation law. In June 2003, KLM acquired the remaining 20% of Transavia, making it 100% KLM owned. The subsequent merger of Air France and KLM made Transavia a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France-KLM.

In the early 2000s, Transavia was primarily a charter airline with a low-cost airline subsidiary called Basiq Air. To strengthen its brand image, the two were combined under the name on 1 January 2005.

Transavia has a French unit, France, based at Paris-Orly, and a Danish unit, Denmark, based at Copenhagen. The French unit operates seven 737-800s and the Danish unit operates one 737-700 and two 737-800s.


Fleet Boeing 737-700 in old livery taxiing at Berlin Schönefeld Airport, Germany. (2005) Boeing 737-800 taxiing at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands. (2007) Boeing 737-800 Being pushed back at Malaga Airport

Current Fleet

The fleet consists of the following aircraft as of February 2010:[2] Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-700 10 0 149 All fitted with Winglets
Boeing 737-800 15 6 186 deliveries: 2010

All fitted with Winglets

Total 25 6

As of February 2010, the average fleet age is 7.9 years.[3]

Historic Fleet

Transavia operated the following aircraft:[4]

Aircraft Total Current Status
Airbus A300 1 Scrapped
Airbus A310 1 With Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Boeing 737-200 13 1 with PLUNA, 6 stored, 2 scrapped
Boeing 737-300 16 1 with Adam Air, 1 with KD Avia
Boeing 737-400 1 With KLM
Boeing 757-200 10 1 with Avianca, 2 with Royal New Zealand Air Force
Boeing 757-300 2 With Condor
British Aerospace 146-200A 1 With Aer Arann

Seasonally, leases out 737 aircraft to operators such as Sun Country Airlines, KLM, Miami Air, Sunwing Airlines and SpiceJet.

In December 2005 the company introduced a new 'look', including new uniforms and aircraft livery.

On 13 November 2007, Boeing announced that had ordered 7 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

On-board service offers the "Assortment on Board" buy on board service offering food and drinks for purchase.[5]

Incidents and accidents

To date no fatalities or complete loss of aircraft occurred related to Transavia flights. In 1997 two incidents occurred with substantial damage to the aircraft:

  • On 24 December 1997, Transavia Airlines Flight 462, a Boeing 757-200 flying from Las Palmas to Amsterdam was seriously damaged during landing. The aircraft landed in strong, gusty winds and touched down hard with its right maingear first. On touchdown the nosegear broke out of the doghouse. After gliding over the runway for aprox 3 km, it came to rest in the grass beside the runway. Serious damage was inflicted on some electronic systems and control-cables. The plane evacuated successfully and no fatalities occurred.[7] The aircraft managed to return into service after being fixed.

See also


  1. ^ "Business address and directions." Retrieved on 28 September 2009.
  2. ^ Transavia Fleet
  3. ^ Transavia Fleet Age
  4. ^ Transavia operated fleet
  5. ^ "Assortment on board." Accessed October 24, 2008.
  6. ^ Incident details from Aviation website, visited June 22, 2008
  7. ^ Incident details from Aviation website, visited June 22, 2008

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