ABA - AB Aerotransport
(Swedish Air Lines)

Sweden

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ABA - AB Aerotransport flew its first flight in the summer of 1924 between Stockholm and Helsinki.

Before WWII, ABA operated the Scandinavian Air Express jointly with KLM between Scandinavia and London/Paris via Amsterdam, and jointly with Aero O/Y between Sweden and Finland. Several different Scandinavian Air Express timetables were published, often showing ABA's entire network.

Operations were curtailed during the war, though maintained on a limited basis, including courier flights to and from Scotland.

In 1948, ABA merged with SILA, the Swedish intercontinental airline, which was the Swedish part of the SAS consortium, also consisting of DDL - Danish Air Lines and DNL - Norwegian Air Lines. In the process, ABA took over the Swedish share of SAS. SAS - Scandinavian Airlines System had been founded in 1946, initially to operate the intercontinental routes of its owners. Also in 1948, the European and domestic routes of these airlines were flown under the SAS banner. In 1951, all routes were transferred to SAS in its own rights. From then on, ABA has acted as the Swedish holding company of SAS, being renamed SAS Sverige in the mid-nineties.

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(Summer) 1924
(Courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)
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1925
(Shows flights "opened May 15th, 1925")
(From the collection of Gunnar Saltin)
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June 5, 1925
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April 19, 1927
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1927
Joint KLM/ABA timetable
France-Netherlands-Scandinavia route
French edition
(From the collection of Will Porrio)
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1928
(From the collection of Gunnar Saltin)

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April 10, 1928
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April 10, 1928
Joint KLM/ABA timetable
UK/France-Netherlands-Scandinavia route
UK edition
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October 8, 1928
(Courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)
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Click to view a 1931 ABA ticket.
(Courtesy of Björn Ramert)

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May 1, 1932
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Click to view the complete May 1, 1932 timetable (another than above) (BL)

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November 1, 1932
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March 1, 1933
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Summer (1933?)
Routes to/from Malmö
(From the collection of Philip Chuang; image courtesy of Tom Heitzman)

May 1, September 1 and November 1, 1933
(All courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)
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March 1, 1934

May 1, 1934
(Courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)
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May 1, 1934
Routes to/from Stockholm
(From the collection of Gunnar Saltin)

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September 1, 1934

November 1, 1934
(Courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)

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April 1, 1935
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October 6, 1935

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Click to view the complete April 19, 1936 timetable (BL)

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April 19, 1936
Route map (network) timetable
(System)

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Click to view the complete January 1, 1937 timetable (BL)

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April 4, 1937
(From the collection of Mikael Öqvist)

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July 1, 1937
Joint ABA/Aeroflot timetable
Western Europe-Moscow ("Kremlin Air Express")
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October 3, 1937

March 27, 1938
(From the collection of Gunnar Saltin)
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March 27, 1938
(Courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)
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October 2, 1938
(From the collection of Mikael Öqvist)

April 16, 1939
(Image above from the collection of Daniel Kusrow)
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April 16, 1939

May 3, (1939)
Joint ABA/Aeroflot timetable
Stockholm-Moscow route ("Moscow Air Express")
(From the collection of Michael Dawes)

To October 7, 1939
Danish edition
(From the collection of Odd Arnestad)
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(both the latter images courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)

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June 1, 1940
Route map (network) timetable
(System)
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November 11, 1940
Joint ABA/Aeroflot timetable
Stockholm-Moscow route
(From the collection of Gunnar Saltin)
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November 20, 1940
Route map (network) timetable
(System)
(From the collection of Gunnar Saltin)

May 5, 1941
Route map (network) timetable
(System)
(From the collection of Odd Arnestad)

March 1, April 1 and October 5, 1942
(All courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)
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February 1, 1943
(Courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)
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May 1, 1945
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August 1, 1945
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November 1, 1945
(From the collection of Mikael Öqvist)

January 1, 1946
(From the collection of Odd Arnestad)

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April 1, 1946
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May 1, 1946
(Image from an ABA/SILA booklet of June 1946 titled "Fågelvägen - en presentation i ord och bild av ABA-SILA")
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June 1946
(From the collection of Gérard Morel)

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July 1, 1946

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August 1, 1946

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August 1946
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August 1946
Nice-Stockholm
(From the collection of Odd Arnestad)

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September 1946
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October 1946
(From the collection of Odd Arnestad)
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November 1946
(From the collection of Odd Arnestad)
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December 1946
(From the collection of Odd Arnestad)
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January 1947
(From the collection of Odd Arnestad)
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February 1947

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March 1947

April 1, 1947
(From the collection of Mikael Öqvist)

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April 20, 1947
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June 1, 1947
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October 6, 1947

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Click to view the complete October 6, 1947 timetable (English language edition) (BL)

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December 1947 (both)
(Courtesy of ABA-SAS Historical Collection, Stockholm-Arlanda)
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View more ABA timetables on Odd Arnestad's website.

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A site with interesting and detailed articles on pre-WW2 European airlines is Rob Mulder's:

There is an article called AB Aerotransport and the Junkers G 24.

This page last updated June 10, 2016.