SAS has a deal to phase out the remaining McDonnell Douglas fleet
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has reached an agreement with an unknown party (Allegiant Air?) that if fully implemented, will retire the remaining DC-9-82/87 (MD-80) fleet.
The company issued the following statement today:
“SAS continues to renew its aircraft fleet and has signed an agreement to sell four DC-9-82/DC-9-87 (MD-82/87) aircraft. The purchaser also has an option on a further 19 MD-82s and 10 spare engines from SAS. Assuming that the option is exercised, this will complete the phase-out of the SAS MD-80 aircraft fleet, which was one of the largest in the world in the mid-1990s, with over 70 aircraft in use.
The first MD-80 aircraft in this sale was delivered on September 11, 2012, and the remaining three aircraft will be delivered during Q4 2012. The aircraft and the engines covered by the option will be delivered, if the option is exercised, on a gradual basis from Q1 2013 to Q1 2015.”
Copyright Photo: Nik French. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) OY-KHU (msn 5336) in the special Denmark UEFA Euro 2012 National Team markings arrives at Manchester.