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SAS reports its August traffic was up 52% compared to 2020 but level with July

During the summer season the customer demand has increased, and more than one million passengers flew with SAS in August. This is about the same level as in July, but an increase of almost 52% compared to the same month last year. Capacity was marginally lower than last month, but 65% higher than the same month last year. The total load factor for August ended at 61%, which is in line with July.

“Imposed travel restrictions remain and everybody at SAS are doing everything possible to make traveling easier for the customers. We continue to open new routes when travel restrictions and demand allow. However, there are still major uncertainties regarding the development of the pandemic, affecting the whole airline industry negatively. Flexibility during the ramp up phase to be able to respond quickly to changes in demand remains key,” says Anko van der Werff, President and CEO at SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Aug21 Change1 Nov20- Aug21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,068 58.7% 12,080 -39.2%
RPK (Mill.) 1,239 103.7% 5,195 –58.0%
Passenger load factor 59.9% 13.3 pp 43.0% -19.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,038 48.4% 4,929 -55.7%
Geographical development, schedule Aug21           vs.          Aug20 Nov20- Aug21   vs.   Nov19-Aug20
RPK ASK RPK ASK
Intercontinental 429.9% 154.5% -80.7% -43.4%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 128.9% 72.4% -52.6% -46.1%
Domestic 16.7% -0.8% -36.7% -20.5%
SAS charter traffic Aug21 Change1 Nov20- Aug21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 168 211.4% 383 -58.5%
RPK (Mill.) 122 183.3% 279 -65.0%
Load factor 72.5% -7.2 pp 72.8% -13.7 pp
No. of passengers (000) 49 172.2% 113 -57,4%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Aug21 Change1 Nov20- Aug21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,236 64.7% 12,462 -40.1%
RPK (Mill.) 1,361 108.9% 5,473 -58.4%
Load factor 60.9% 12.9 pp 43.9% -19.3 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,087 51.5% 5,043 -55.7%

1 Change compared to same period last year. pp = percentage points

Preliminary yield and PASK Aug21 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 0.96 -17.0% -17.5%
PASK, SEK 0.57 6.5% 5.9%
Aug21
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 87.4%
Regularity 98.8%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months -56,7%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer -13,1%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 54%

Definitions:

RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers

ASK – Available seat kilometers
Load factor – RPK/ASK
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)

PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)

Change in COemissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger related carbon emissions divided with total available seat kilometers (incl. non-revenue and EuroBonus), rolling 12 months

Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions – Share of SAS passenger related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets and SAS’ staff travel)

From fiscal year 2020 we report change in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) to align with our overall goal to reduce our total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

SAS reports continued headwinds from the pandemic

Scandinavian Airlines has issued this statement:

MAY 2021–JULY 2021

  • Revenue: MSEK 3,982 (2,507)
  • Income before tax (EBT): MSEK -1,358 (-2,071)
  • Income before tax and items affecting comparability:
    MSEK -1,237 (-784)
  • Net income for the period: MSEK -1,355 (-2,365)
  • Earnings per common share: SEK -0.19 (-6.18)

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS DURING THE QUARTER

  • SAS arranged a credit line of SEK 3 billion
  • Anko van der Werff joined as President and CEO

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS AFTER THE QUARTER

  • SAS has signed an additional pre-delivery payments financing of c. USD 100 million, covering 10 x A320neo aircraft with deliveries into Q2 FY2023
  • SAS has operated 22 flights on behalf of the Scandinavian authorities contributing to evacuation operations from Afghanistan

NOVEMBER 2020–JULY 2021

  • Revenue: MSEK 8,196 (17,478)
  • Income before tax (EBT): MSEK -5,655 (-6,880)
  • Income before tax and items affecting comparability:
    MSEK -5,546 (-5,576)
  • Net income for the period: MSEK -5,838 (-6,696)
  • Earnings per common share: SEK -0.82 (-17.66)

COMMENTS BY THE CEO

We noted encouraging signs during the summer season with demand slowly increasing. Vaccination rates are also rising, but significant challenges remain ahead as new cases of the Delta variant are multiplying and delaying ramp-up. The imposed travel restrictions remain in force and continue to adversely affect demand for air travel.

QUARTER NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THE ONGOING PANDEMIC

Demand continued to gradually increase during the important summer season, and we increased our capacity 94% compared with the second quarter. Passenger numbers increased 144% compared with the last quarter and the load factor reached 52%, up almost 23 percentage points in comparison with the earlier quarter. However, the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are far from over. Efforts to transform SAS’ entire business must continue to offset lower demand with lower costs. Earnings before tax ended at negative SEK 1.4 billion, which is still an improvement of SEK 0.7 billion compared with last year.

Total revenue increased 106% compared with the second quarter. Compared with last year this is an improvement of approximately SEK 1.5 billion, but still 70% below the third quarter of 2019, which was unaffected by COVID-19.

REDUCING COSTS AND MANAGING LIQUIDITY

SAS is celebrating 75 years of operations with a proven track record of successfully adapting to changing market conditions necessitated once again due to the pandemic. Cost reduction initiatives, such as reduced personnel expenses and streamlined operational functions, continue to deliver and total operating expenses were controlled during the quarter and landed at SEK 4.9 billion. We also continue to develop our operational platforms to increase competitiveness further.

The work to safeguard liquidity continues and at the end of the quarter the cash position was SEK 4.4 billion, which corresponds to the liquidity position at the end of the second quarter. Moreover, during the quarter a credit line was signed with major shareholders, the Danish and Swedish governments, thereby making an additional SEK 3.0 billion of liquidity available if necessary. The facility can be utilized until the end of 2022 and ensures that SAS has a liquidity buffer during the recovery phase following the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility complements the ongoing cost reduction activities.

MAKING TRAVELING EASIER AND OPENING ROUTES

The imposed travel restrictions make traveling difficult, and SAS is doing everything possible to facilitate a smooth travel experience for passengers. Our digital tool, SAS Travel Ready Center, allows passengers to track updates to travel restrictions and prepare their trip online, thus ensuring everything is ready when they arrive at the airport. We are also offering more flexible ticket rules and generous rebooking alternatives.

In parallel with adapting to a new market reality, we continue to open new routes. SAS increases the flights between the Scandinavian capitals and important destinations in its network to further improve connectivity for travelers. Meanwhile, more of our new, fuel-efficient aircraft are planned to be delivered during the year, making our fleet one of the most modern in Europe. We also proudly flew Scandinavian athletes to the Olympic games in Tokyo during the quarter.

LOOKING AHEAD

The recovery of the aviation industry depends greatly on the uncertain development of the pandemic. We are expecting travel to increase gradually as more and more people are vaccinated worldwide, but we are also aware that demand has changed during the pandemic. SAS expects a greater number of leisure travelers and even more intense competition in the future. In addition, customers are booking their tickets closer to their travel dates, which means that flexibility to ramp up and down, will be a success factor in the airline industry going forward.

I am very happy to be part of SAS’ future and I feel honored to assume the role as President and CEO of Scandinavia’s leading airline, which I take on with great enthusiasm. These are of course difficult times, both for customers and for employees, having to adjust to ever-changing rules and restrictions. In this regard, I would like to recognize the hard work performed by my SAS colleagues, to maintain our performance at a high level and to help customers as much as possible.

Together with a strong team of dedicated colleagues, we are striving to become the global leader in sustainable aviation, in parallel with navigating our way through the post-pandemic recovery period. It will take time and a lot of hard work, and we will need to make adjustments along the way, but with our great team, strong brand and operational excellence, we will make it happen.

On behalf of all of us at SAS, we look forward to welcoming you on board our flights!

Anko van der Werff,

President and CEO

Stockholm, September 1, 2021

Top Copyright Photo:

SAS aircraft slide show:

SAS announces its fall schedule

SAS increases the flights between the Scandinavian capitals and important destinations in its network to further improve connectivity for travelers. SAS will now be serving all its domestic destinations in Norway and Sweden when the Arlanda-Sundsvall route is reopened in September.

In addition, the number of flights to important destinations for travelers in Europe will increase.

The rising interest in weekend trips and city breaks to European cities makes SAS resume its routes to AmsterdamDublin, Florence, Krakow and Prague. There is also an increasing number of flights to warmer Mediterranean destinations in southern Europe and the Canary Islands to meet the growing demand from holiday makers.

SAS will be flying more direct routes from the Scandinavian capitals to several US destinations from September onwards and will also be present in Asia on routes from Copenhagen to Tokyo and Shanghai.

SAS Route offering Fall 2021

Stockholm

Copenhagen

Oslo

Bergen

Gothenburg

Aalborg

Alta

Alicante

Kalmar

Aarhus

Aalborg

Copenhagen

Kiruna

Faroe Islands

Aarhus

Oslo

Luleå

Bergen

Bardufoss

Stavanger

Malmö

Gothenburg

Bergen

Stockholm

Ronneby

Oslo

Billund

Trondheim

Skellefteå

Stavanger

Bodø

Ålesund

Sundsvall

Stockholm

Copenhagen

Umeå

Trondheim

Harstad/Narvik

Kristiansand

Visby

Aberdeen

Haugesund

Alicante

Ängelholm

Alicante

Kirkenes

Oslo

Östersund

Amsterdam

Kristiansand

Alicante

Athens

Lakselv

Stavanger

Amsterdam

Barcelona

Longyearbyen

Aberdeen

Athens

Berlin

Molde

Alicante

Barcelona

Bologna

Stavanger

Bergen

Bergen

Boston

Stockholm

Copenhagen

Berlin

Brussels

Tromsø

Oslo

Billund

Chania

Trondheim

Trondheim

Brussels

Chicago

Ålesund

Ålesund

Copenhagen

Dublin

Alicante

Dublin

Dusseldorf

Amsterdam

Trondheim

Dusseldorf

Faro

Athens

Alicante

Edinburgh

Florence

Barcelona

Bergen

Faro

Frankfurt

Berlin

Bodø

Frankfurt

Gazipasa

Brussels

Copenhagen

Gazipasa

Gdansk

Chania

Oslo

Helsinki

Geneva

Dublin

Stockholm

Krakow

Hamburg

Dusseldorf

Tromsø

Larnaca

Helsinki

Faro

Ålesund

Las Palmas

Krakow

Frankfurt

Lisbon

Larnaca

Gazipasa

London

Las Palmas

Gdansk

Malaga

London

Kyiv

Malta

Los Angeles

Las Palmas

Manchester

Malaga

London

Miami

Manchester

Malaga

Milan

Miami

Manchester

Napels

Milan

Miami

New York

Munich

Milan

Nice

Napels

New York

Oslo

New York

Nice

Palma de Mallorca

Nice

Palma de Mallorca

Paris

Palma de Mallorca

Paris

Prague

Paris

Reykjavik

Rome

Reykjavik

Rome

Split

Rome

Split

Tallinn

San Francisco

Tenerife

Shanghai

Thessaloniki

Split

Trondheim

Tenerife

Vilnius

Tokyo

Venice

Gothenburg

Vilnius

Alicante

Warsaw

Copenhagen

Washington DC

Faro

Zurich

Las Palmas

Malaga

SAS reports over a million passengers in July

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 SE-RSC (msn 391) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 954529.

Increased traveling during the summer resulted in over a million passengers in July.

July was a month with increased numbers of travelers. More than a million passengers chose to fly with SAS, which is an increase of almost 70% compared with June. Capacity was raised during the month with increased frequency and destinations. The load factor ended at 60%, which is the highest number since February 2020.

“We see the numbers improving gradually which is pleasing. However, we do naturally remain cautious as there are still a high number of uncertainties ahead of us. Remaining travel restrictions are still affecting passengers and we do everything possible to give our customers a smooth travel experience. SAS is offering flexible tickets and rebooking possibilities. We also provide digital tools which help passengers track updates to restrictions to make it easier to travel,” says Anko van der Werff, President and CEO at SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Jul21 Change1 Nov20- Jul21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2 300 75.8% 10 012 -46.1%
RPK (Mill.) 1 370 107.1% 3 956 -66.3%
Passenger load factor 59.6% +9.0 pp 39.5% -23.7 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1 023 46.3% 3 891 -62.7%

 

Geographical development, schedule Jul21           vs.          Jul20 Nov20- Jul21   vs.   Nov19-Jul20
RPK ASK RPK ASK
Intercontinental 471.3% 160.1% -86.3% -49.8%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 145.3% 104.3% -63.3% -55.3%
Domestic 10.7% -2.8% -41.9% -22.7%

 

SAS charter traffic Jul21 Change1 Nov20- Jul21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 157 790.8% 215 -75.2%
RPK (Mill.) 134 831.3% 157 -79.2%
Load factor 85.6% +3.7 pp 73.1% -13.9 pp
No. of passengers (000) 56 882.7% 64 -74.1%

 

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Jul21 Change1 Nov20- Jul21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2 457 85.3% 10 227 -47.4%
RPK (Mill.) 1 504 122.5% 4 113 -67.1%
Load factor 61.2% +10.2 pp 40.2% -24.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1 079 53.0% 3 955 -63.0%

1 1 Change compared to same period last year. pp = percentage points

Preliminary yield and PASK Jul21 Nominal change FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 0.87 -21.3% -21.4%
PASK, SEK 0.52 -7.2% -7.4%
Jun21
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 84.0%
Regularity 98.2%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months -63.8%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer -13.0%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 56%


Definitions:

RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers
ASK – Available seat kilometers
Load factor – RPK/ASK
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)
PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger related carbon emissions divided with total available seat kilometers (incl. non-revenue and EuroBonus), rolling 12 months
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions – Share of SAS passenger related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets and SAS’ staff travel)

From fiscal year 2020 we report change in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) to align with our overall goal to reduce our total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 SE-RSC (msn 391) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 954529.

 

 

SAS opens new routes to the Canary Islands

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS made this announcement:

Demand for travel continues to increase and SAS will start two new routes to the Canary Islands, direct flights to Tenerife from Stockholm and to Gran Canaria from Gothenburg. The new routes start on October 30, 2021.

SAS offers a comprehensive program to the Canary Islands during the winter of 21/22 with 6 routes and 17 departures per week which during the Christmas and New Year weekends increases to 30 departures per week.

Although many countries are now easing their entry restrictions, most countries still require various types of travel and test certificates, why it is important to be prepared well before arriving at the airport. To make it easier for travelers, SAS has developed a new digital platform, SAS Travel Ready Center.

SAS’ Canary Islands routes and departures 30 OCT 21 -17 DEC 21 + 11 JAN 22 – 26 MAR 22 

Stockholm Las Palmas 4 weekly
Stockholm Tenerife 1 weekly
Gothenburg Las Palmas 1 weekly
Copenhagen Las Palmas 3 weekly
Copenhagen Tenerife 2 weekly
Oslo Las Palmas 6 weekly

 

SAS’ Canary Islands routes and departures 18 DEC 21- 10 JAN 22

Stockholm Las Palmas 7 weekly
Stockholm Tenerife 2 weekly
Gothenburg Las Palmas 2 weekly
Copenhagen Las Palmas 7 weekly
Copenhagen Tenerife 3 weekly
Oslo Las Palmas 7 weekly

SAS today celebrates 75 years of flying

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS today made this announcement:

Today, August 1, 2021 marks the founding of SAS 75 years ago and we have been the proud carrier of travelers to, from and within Scandinavia during all these years. Scandinavia would not be the same today without a strong Scandinavian airline, and we will naturally continue to play and integral role in Scandinavian infrastructure also in the future. 

Innovation has been a natural part of SAS in all these years. From the world’s first flight over the North Pole, thereby shortening flying time between continents, to the current and future drive toward sustainable aviation.

The latest aircraft in our fleet offer more comfort, less noise and up to 30% lower carbon dioxide emission – and represents just one of many initiatives on the journey toward sustainable aviation. This journey is critical, and SAS will in cooperation with the entire ecosystem, maintain its leading position in this work.

SAS operates in an industry that by its nature connects the world – we have the opportunity to build bridges and contribute to knowledge and understanding when people meet.

A warm thank you to everyone who has been part of creating and cheering for SAS through 75 years. We look forward to the years to come!

History Milestones:

HISTORY MILESTONES

1910-1939

1918 Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S (DDL), SAS’ Danish parent company, is founded

1920 DDL is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Market

1924 AB Aerotransport (ABA), SAS’ Swedish parent company, is founded

1927 Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S (DNL), SAS’ Norwegian parent company is founded

1940-1959

1946 SAS is formed from Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S (DDL), Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S (DNL) and Svensk Interkontinetal Lufttrafik AB (SILA). The first intercontinental flight Stockholm – New York.

1951 DDL, DNL and ABA form the present SAS Consortium.

1954 SAS is the world’s first airline to fly the Copenhagen – Los Angeles polar route in scheduled services.

Photo: SAS DC-7C Halfdan Viking, SE-CCA on the ground at Bromma Airport BMA, Stockholm 1960s. ©SAS Museum, Norway

1955 SILA (which owned 50% of ABA) was quoted on the “Stockbrokers’ List” in Sweden.

1957 SAS is the first airline to offer “round the world service over the North Pole.” North Pole Shortcut Copenhagen – Anchorage – Tokyo.

1959 SAS enters the jet age. The first jet aircraft, Caravelle, in service.

1960-1969

1960 SAS opens its first hotel, the SAS Royal Hotel Copenhagen.

1965 SAS is first to introduce and electronic reservation system.

1967 DNL is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Photo: Fornebu International Airport, FBU, Oslo. SAS DC-9-32 Lodin Viking LN-RLS, Convair 440 Mertopolitan Tor Viking SE-BST, DC-8-33 Olav Viking LN-MOT and other aircrafts at Fornebu 1960s. ©SAS Museum, Norway

1970-1979

1971 SAS puts its first Boeing 747 jumbo jet into service.

1980-1989

1980 SAS opens its first hotel outside of Scandinavia, the SAS Kuwait Hotel. SILA is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

1981 SAS EuroClass is introduced on all European routes.

1982 SAS is the most punctual airline in Europe for the first time.

1984 SAS receives Air Transport World’s distinction “Airline of the Year” for 1983.

1986 Spanair is founded

1989 SAS International Hotels owns 40% of Intercontinental Hotels Group. This stake sold in 1992.

1990-1999

1994 Focus on airline operations in the SAS Group – sale of a number of subsidiaries.

1996 SAS celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 1. Harmonization and name change of SAS parent company to SAS Danmark A/S, SAS Norge ASA and SAS Sverige AB.

1997 SAS is one of the founders of Star Alliance.

1998 Air Botnia becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the SAS Group.

1999 The SAS Group becomes a majority owner of Widerøe.

"Stig Viking", later crashed with MAS on December  18, 1983

Above Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines System-SAS Airbus A300B2-320 OY-KAA (msn 122) ATH (Richard Vandervord). Image: 954589.

2000-2009

2001 A single SAS share is established. On July 6, SAS is listed on the stock exchanges in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. Braathens is acquired by the SAS Group in December.

2002 Rezidor SAS Hospitality signed a master franchise agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

2003 Acquisition of 49% of the shares in Estonian Air.

2004 Incorporation of Scandinavian Airlines Sverige, SAS Braathens and Scandinavian Airlines Danmark.

2005 The SAS Group sells European Aeronautical Group to Navtech Inc. The SAS Group sells Jetpak Group to Polaris Private Equity and 67 % of SAS Component to Singapore Technologies Engineering. Furthermore Carlson Hotels acquires a 25 % stake in Rezidor SAS.

2006 SAS celebrates 60 years. CEO Jørgen Lindegaard leaves SAS on August 1; replaced temporarily by CFO Gunnar Reitan. Rezidor Hotels introduced at the Stockholm Stock Exchange

2007 Mats Jansson becomes new CEO for SAS. SAS Strategy 2011 is introduced. Flight Academy was sold. SAS Group sold its remaining stake in Rezidor to Carlson Companies

2008 Datagraf acquires SAS Media. SAS Facility Management sold to Coor. SAS Group sells airBaltic to the management of the Company.

2009 To facilitate the implementation of Core SAS a rights issue of appr SEK 6 billion was carried out.

2010-

2010 To further strengthen the financial preparedness and complete Core SAS a rights issue of approximately SEK 5 billion was carried out.

2011 Rickard Gustafson became new CEO of SAS. The strategy plan 4Excellence was launched.

2012 SAS launched the restructuring program 4Excellence Next Generation.

2013 SAS sold 80% of its holding in Wideröe.

2014 SAS completed a SEK 3.5 bn issue of preference shares.

2016 SAS took delivery of its fourth Airbus A330E and thereby completed the expansion of its long-haul fleet to 16 aircraft.

2017

SAS completed a private placement of MSEK 1,270.

SAS established SAS Ireland with a base in London.

2018

SAS places order for an additional 50 Airbus A320neo aircraft to create a single-type fleet

SAS the first Nordic airline to launch high speed WiFi

The Norwegian government divested its 9.9% shareholding in SAS.

SAS Ireland opened a base in Malaga.

SAS and Preem signed a letter of intent to secure future production of biofuel. SAS’ ambition is to only us

THE SAS MUSEUM

The exhibits at the SAS Museum at Oslo Airport Gardermoen represent an important part of Scandinavian civil aviation history. The museum collections cover SAS as well as its parent companies: AB Aerotransport (ABA), Det Danske Luftfartselskab (DDL) and Det Norske Luftfartselskap (DNL).

museum was originally established in 1989 in the hangar area at Oslo Airport Fornebu at the same time as the formation of the DNL/SAS Historielag (the DNL/SAS Historic Society). It was built up through the efforts of a group of enthusiasts among retired and active SAS employees.

The establishment of the new museum in 2003/2004 is a result of SAS feeling a responsibility to document the history of Scandinavian civil aviation. For this purpose, the airline has entered a partnership with its three national historic societies and the latter undertake the day-to-day work on a volunteer basis. SAS absorbs the rental cost of the museum building and has also provided depots for museum exhibits in Denmark and Sweden.

The museum at Gardermoen is therefore more than just a continuation of the facility at Fornebu – it is a completely new and considerably expanded Scandinavian museum. It is run by a board that includes representatives of the SAS consortium and the historic societies.

SAS increases flights from Scandinavia to the United States

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 F-WZHJ (SE-RSA) (msn 358) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948367.

Meanwhile SAS reacts:

SAS will finally be operating on all its US destinations when it resumes direct routes to Boston in September and flights to Miami in October.

Also, SAS’ first A321LR aircraft will take off from Copenhagen to Boston in September. At the same time SAS will increase the number of flights from Copenhagen to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC starting in September.

From October 1, 2021 SAS will resume service to Miami from Copenhagen and Stockholm respectively. Towards the end of October, Miami will be served daily with three weekly flights from Copenhagen and Stockholm respectively as well as once weekly from Oslo.

SAS is currently present in the Chicago market with daily passenger flights as well as additional cargo only flights from Copenhagen and will restart the Stockholm-Chicago route later this autumn.

SAS’ US routes and departures this autumn:

  • Copenhagen-New York – 7 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Chicago – 7 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Los Angeles – 4-5 weekly
  • Copenhagen-San Francisco – 4 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Washington DC – 4 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Boston – 3 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Miami – 3 weekly
  • Oslo-New York – 3 weekly
  • Oslo-Miami – 1 weekly
  • Stockholm-New York – 3-5 weekly
  • Stockholm-Chicago – 3 weekly
  • Stockholm-Miami – 3 weekly

Although many countries are now easing their entry restrictions, most countries still require various types of travel and test certificates and it is important to be well-prepared well before arriving at the airport. To make it easier for travelers, SAS has developed a new digital platform, SAS Travel Ready Center.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 F-WZHJ (SE-RSA) (msn 358) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948367.

SAS aircraft slide show:

SAS reports passenger traffic increased 50% in June

SAS issued this traffic report for June 2021:

More than 600,000 passengers flew with SAS in June, an increase of some 50% compared with May. As a result of increased demand, SAS raised capacity during the month almost 30% with a final load factor of 48%, up 12 percentage points compared with May.

“We are delighted to welcome more passengers in pace with the gradual increase in demand. SAS is continuing to open routes to popular summer destinations and is increasing capacity on existing routes to meet demand. In light of certain remaining restrictions, we are doing everything we can to facilitate a smooth travel experience for our passengers. The SAS Travel Ready Center digital tool allows passengers track updates to travel restrictions and prepare their trip online, thus ensuring everything is ready when they arrive at the airport,” says Karl Sandlund, acting CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Jun21 Change1 Nov20- Jun21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1 364 220.5% 7 711 -55.3%
RPK (Mill.) 653 193.3% 2 586 -76.7%
Passenger load factor 47.9% -4.5 p u 33.5% -30.7 p u
No. of passengers (000) 609 85.6% 2,868 -70.5%
Geographical development, schedule Jun21           vs.          Jun20 Nov20- Jun21 vs. Nov19-Jun20
RPK ASK RPK ASK
Intercontinental 843.7% 848.7% -91.2% -56.9%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 421.9% 327.8% -78.7% -69.2%
Domestic 52.4% 56.9% -48.0% -25.1%
SAS charter traffic Jun21 Change1 Nov20- Jun21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 24 1344.0% 58 -93.1%
RPK (Mill.) 10 1555.7% 23 -96.9%
Load factor 40.5% +5.2 p u 39.4% -47.7 p u
No. of passengers (000) 4 4421.2% 8 -96.6%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Jun21 Change1 Nov20- Jun21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1 388 224.9% 7 770 -57.1%
RPK (Mill.) 663 196.8% 2 609 -77.9%
Load factor 47.8% -4.5 p u 33.6% -31.7 p u
No. of passengers (000) 614 86.9% 2,877 -71.2%

1 Change compared to same period last year. p u = percentage units

Preliminary yield and PASK Jun21 Nominal change FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.07 -44.4% -44.7%
PASK, SEK 0.51 -49.2% -49.5%
Jun21
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 89.7%
Regularity 99.0%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months -70.2%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer -12.3%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 67%

Definitions:

RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers
ASK – Available seat kilometers
Load factor – RPK/ASK
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)
PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger related carbon emissions divided with total available seat kilometers (incl. non-revenue and EuroBonus), rolling 12 months
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions – Share of SAS passenger related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets and SAS’ staff travel)

From fiscal year 2020 we report change in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) to align with our overall goal to reduce our total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

SAS sees a 20% increase in traffic in May

Delivered on December 19, 2019

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS issued this traffic report for May 2021:

In May, more than 400,000 passengers flew with SAS, an increase of about 20% compared with April. During the month, SAS increased capacity 9% to meet higher demand. Passenger numbers remain low compared with a normal year, but the increase compared with April is also reflected in an improved load factor, which rose almost 6 percentage points.

“We are looking forward to the summer and are pleased with the gradual increase in demand. To reduce uncertainty when booking flights, SAS is offering more flexible ticket rules and generous rebooking alternatives. To make it easier for passengers, we are also launching SAS Travel Ready Center, a digital tool to upload necessary travel documents and to access information about current travel restrictions,” says Karl Sandlund, acting CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic May21 Change1 Nov20- May21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1,078 513.6% 6,347 -62.3%
RPK (Mill.) 389 297.7% 1,932 -82.2%
Passenger load factor 36.1% -19.6 p.p. 30.4% -34.1 p.p.
No. of passengers (000) 404 155.6% 2,259 -76.0%
Geographical development, schedule May21           vs.          May20 Nov20- May21   vs.   Nov19-May20
RPK ASK RPK ASK
Intercontinental n/a n/a -94.1% -63.3%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 744.1% 586.8% -84.9% -76.4%
Domestic 119.9% 179.4% -55.0% -30.8%
SAS charter traffic May21 Change1 Nov20- May21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 0 n/a 35 -95.9%
RPK (Mill.) 0 4,898.7% 13 -98.2%
Load factor 25.0% n/a 38.6% -48.5 p.p.
No. of passengers (000) 0 3,766.7% 4 -98.5%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) May21 Change1 Nov20- May21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1,079 513.8% 6,382 -63.9%
RPK (Mill.) 389 297.8% 1,945 -83.2%
Load factor 36.1% -19.6 p.p. 30.5% -35.1 p.p.
No. of passengers (000) 404 155.7% 2.263 -76.5%

1 Change compared to same period last year. p u = percentage units

Preliminary yield and PASK May21 Nominal change FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.20 -39.5% -42.0%
PASK, SEK 0.43 -60.8% -62.4%
May21
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 92.4%
Regularity 99.7%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months -75.0%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer -11.5%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 61%

Definitions:

RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers

ASK – Available seat kilometers
Load factor – RPK/ASK
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)
PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger related carbon emissions divided with total available seat kilometers (incl. non-revenue and EuroBonus), rolling 12 months
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions – Share of SAS passenger related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets and SAS’ staff travel)

From fiscal year 2020 we report change in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) to align with our overall goal to reduce our total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROI (msn 9247) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 949004.

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SAS restarts its route to Tokyo

SAS will reopen the direct route between Japan and Scandinavia starting in July. The first departure from Copenhagen will take off on Saturday, July 10, with a return flight from Tokyo, Haneda Airport, on Monday, July 12.

The route will be operated twice a week, with departures on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Copenhagen to Haneda. Returning flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays, from Haneda to Copenhagen.