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First new Airbus A321LR to enter SAS fleet

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS made this announcement:

The first of three new Airbus A321LRs, a narrow-bodied aircraft suited for longer distances, will enter service in the SAS fleet on September 18, 2020. The new aircraft is equipped with a service concept with three travel classes, like the rest of SAS’ long-haul fleet, and will increase SAS’ flexibility to meet Scandinavian travel patterns. The new aircraft, part of SAS’ ongoing fleet renewal will reduce climate-impacting emissions in comparison to previous generations of similar aircraft.

The Airbus A321LR is a narrow-body, single aisle aircraft, specially configured to fly longer distances than a standard A321neo. The smaller aircraft gives SAS the opportunity to fill the aircraft on new routes and will be a welcome addition to the SAS long haul fleet. The A321LR will increase the SAS’ flexibility to adjust to changes in the demand for new routes and destinations.

“This is an entirely new aircraft type for SAS, which is incredibly well suited to the Scandinavian market and emerging travel patterns to and from the region. It gives SAS an opportunity to offer travelers more intercontinental routes, fewer stopovers and shorter travel times to and from Scandinavia. The new aircraft is equipped with a service concept at par with the rest of SAS’ long-haul fleet, offering passengers all the benefits, level of comfort and choices of our traveling classes,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer.

The A321LR is part of the latest generation of aircraft and is expected to reduce climate-impacting emissions by around the same amount as when SAS introduced the A320neo, whose carbon footprint is approximately 15-18 percent smaller than an equivalent size aircraft from the previous generation.

The aircraft has 22 Business, 12 Plus and 123 Go, meaning a total of 157 seats in a single aisle aircraft. The seats are especially chosen for the A321LR to optimize the comfort in all three travel classes to meet the expectations of frequent travelers. Seats in SAS Business are fully flat seat beds and there are different mood light scenarios in the cabins, as well as Hi-speed Wi-Fi. Every seat is equipped with IFE screens, PC-power and/or Hi-power USB. The reduced noise level inside the cabin will further enhance the travel experience onboard.

The first A321LR will enter service on September 18, 2020. The first route the A321LR will operate on be Copenhagen-Boston. This means that the route will become a year-round destination served on a high frequency basis and will further strengthen SAS’ offering to the North Americas. Sales will start on November 20, 2019.

New routes will gradually be communicated later in 2020. The aircraft has enough range to reach northeast US, but it can also reach destinations in Canada, the Middle East and India from Scandinavia.

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National cross-country team buys biofuel from SAS

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

The Swedish cross-country team has decided to invest in biofuel to reduce its climate affecting emissions. The team is buying biofuel from SAS at an amount equivalent to the fuel consumption of the skiers’ and trainers’ flights between Stockholm and Östersund in 2019.

Since last summer, anyone flying with SAS can opt to buy biofuel, which reduces climate-affecting carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent.

“We are incredibly proud of the national cross-country team’s decision to buy biofuel. We are constantly developing more sustainable products and services, and one way of contributing to this is to offer the opportunity to buy biofuel. So it’s great that the Swedish skiers want to be part of the transition to a more sustainable way of traveling. Hopefully, more will be inspired to follow their example,” says Karl Sandlund EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, SAS.

SAS doesn’t make any profit on the fuel bought by customers like the Swedish cross-country team and it is added to the biofuel already bought by SAS.

“For the Swedish Ski Association, sustainability is a natural part of its activities. We aim to offer good sporting environments with a healthy financial situation and we want to use natural resources in a responsible and effective way so as not to put our climate and opportunities for future generations at risk. Together with our partners, we want to do our best to minimize our footprint and set an example in sustainable travel, which is why we’re delighted to be able to take steps together with SAS toward more sustainable travel,” says Ola Strömberg, Association Director and acting head of the cross-country team at the Swedish Ski Association.

The increased use of biofuel is a prerequisite for more sustainable flights and for SAS to be able to achieve its objective of cutting climate-affecting carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2030.

SAS works in various ways to promote the large-scale production of sustainable biofuel in Scandinavia.

SAS to operate the last Boeing 737-600 revenue flight on November 30

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Boeing 737-683 LN-RPG (msn 28310) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935825.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS is planning to retire its last Boeing 737-600 on November 30.

The last revenue flight will be a one-way Stockholm (Arlanda) – Oslo service as flight SK 600 on November 30, 2019 per Airline Route.

The carrier introduced the type in 1998.

The last service is likely to be operated by the pictured LN-RPG.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Boeing 737-683 LN-RPG (msn 28310) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935825.

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Future Olympians will travel with SAS to Tokyo

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

The Swedish basketball club team Malbas P04 from Malmö, the Danish karate club AKD Karate from Allerød and the Norwegian athletics club IL Tyrving from Bærum will be traveling to Tokyo this November to train as well as exchange experiences with local Japanese sportsmen and women ahead of the 2020 summer Olympics.

As part of the partnership with the three Scandinavian Olympic committees DIF, NIF and SOK, SAS launched the Future Olympians campaign last August, with the aim of finding three Scandinavian youth teams from the worlds of basketball, athletics and karate to join in an exchange program with local sportsmen and women in Tokyo.

It has now been announced that there will be the Swedish team Malbas from Malmö, who will be representing basketball, the Danish club AKD Karate from Allerød, who will be representing karate, and the Norwegian team IL Tyrving from Bærum, who will be representing athletics.

“We received an unbelievably good response from youth teams right across Scandinavia, who all showed enormous commitment. We are now looking to send the selected teams and and athletes to Tokyo to experience the Olympic village together with local athletes,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer at SAS.

For a week in November, the teams will train together with young Japanese men and women in basketball, athletics and karate.

“The teams were selected based on an overall assessment. Key criteria were sporting performance and ambition, together with the motivation for taking part. The teams demonstrate a huge love for sport as well as good social kinship. These are young people who we both cheer on and want to get to know better,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer.

The Japanese teams who will play host to their Swedish, Norwegian and Danish colleagues have themselves been successful in basketball, athletics and karate, and are all from Tokyo. The teams have been selected as part of the Olympic partnership between SAS and the Scandinavian Olympic committees.

The project is part of SAS’ crossborder partnership with the three Scandinavian Olympic committees and means, among other things, that SAS is the main partner for the Scandinavian Olympic committees ahead of and during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and Winter Olympics in Peking 2022.

SAS to reinstate service to Bardufoss

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS made this announcement:

From February 1, 2020, SAS will reinstate year-round flights to Bardufoss, Norway after a 12-year gap, establishing three daily flights to and from Oslo, with connections to the SAS and Star Alliance global network.

Bardufoss, which is just an hour’s drive from beautiful Senja island, is surrounded by stunning countryside, often described as Norway in miniature. It offers fantastic skiing opportunities in winter, and spectacular mountain hiking in the summer season. Norway’s national waterfall, Målselvfossen, offers great fishing, and you can visit Northern Europe’s longest salmon run, Polar Zoo, and take an invigorating dip at Polarbadet water park in characteristic Målselv mountain village.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

The flights to Bardufoss will start on February 1, 2020, with 140-180 seater Boeing 737, and from next autumn, the market’s most environmentally-friendly aircraft for short and medium distances, the Airbus A320 neo, will be phased in on the Norwegian route network, thus further improving the quality of its flight offerings.

SAS wins contract with the Norwegian Armed Forces

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

SAS has won a contract with the Armed Forces in Norway, in direct competition with Norwegian. The contract is worth a total value of ca. NOK 1 billion over four years. The Armed Forces contract is one of the biggest public sector contracts the airlines have competed for, with SAS outperforming its competitor on all criteria.

The contract with the Norwegian Armed Forces covers over 350,000 flights per year, a significant contribution to the number of passengers transported by SAS in Norway. This also means that SAS will return to Bardufoss Airport with three daily departures from the civilian sector of the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s Bardufoss Air Station in Troms.

“We are delighted that the Norwegian Armed Forces have chosen SAS as their carrier of choice for the proud men and women in the military service. We are particularly pleased that the decision was made based on SAS delivering the best proposal on all criteria,” says Torbjørn Wist, Chief Financial Officer of SAS

The contract has a four-year duration, which will also lead to additional SAS flights to routes such as Oslo to Bergen, Trondheim, Bodø and Evenes, which will help boost passenger volumes.

The contract comes into force on February 1, 2020, and SAS will start to phase in the Airbus A320neo, the most environment friendly aircraft on the market, into the Norwegian route network in the autumn.

SAS increases flights to the Faroes

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROD (msn 7755) LHR (SPA). Image: 940345.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

During winter season, SAS will expand capacity of its Faroe Islands route by 41 percent. At the same time RNP landings have led to more stable operation of the route despite difficult weather conditions. The Faroe Islands continue to be a central investment and venture for SAS, who are set to operate the route with the new Airbus A320neo, the market’s quietest and fuel-efficient aircraft.

From October 27, SAS will operate with six flights a week between Denmark and the Faroes, equivalent to a capacity increase over winter of 41% compared to last winter.

During peak season, there are nine weekly flights on the route, and SAS is now offering more than 125,000 seats between Vágar Airport and Copenhagen Airport annually.

RNP and A320neo ensure stable product

Since March, SAS has been successfully operating with RNP landing system (Required Navigation Performance) on flights to the Faroes. This has helped ensure a more stable operation and regularity of the route.

“The Faroe Islands can be a difficult place to fly to, but with access to equipment such as RNP which makes it easier to take off and land in weather conditions such as dense fog, we have a really strong product on the route and the same opportunity as our competitors. In the summer season we have 11 instances*, in which RNP was crucial for us to be able to land,” says Johan Laurberg Lund Kofoed.

SAS operates the route with the Airbus A320neo, the market’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 18 percent. At the same time, noise levels are up to 50 percent lower.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROD (msn 7755) LHR (SPA). Image: 940345.

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