Category Archives: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS

SAS orders one Airbus A330-300 to replace an Airbus A340-300

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKM (msn 496) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104641.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has signed an order for one additional Airbus A330-300 with delivery during the spring of 2019. The aircraft will replace one Airbus A340-300.

SAS’s long haul fleet consists of 16 Airbus A330/A340, of which one Airbus A340-300 mostly has functioned as a reserve aircraft. With the investment in one new Airbus A330, SAS improves its customer offering as SAS’s entire long haul fleet will have an identical cabin interior. In addition, the Airbus A330-300 has approximately 15-20% lower jet fuel consumption per seat kilometer compared to the Airbus A340 that will be replaced.

The list price of one A330-300 aircraft, including engines, ordered from Airbus amounts to $264 million, before discounts agreed between SAS and Airbus. The new Airbus A330-300 will be financed through a sale/leaseback.

In accordance with the other A330-300, SAS has chosen RR Trent 772B as engine.

SAS will eventually replace its remaining Airbus A340-300s with new Airbus A350-900s.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKM (msn 496) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104641.

SAS aircraft slide show:

Advertisements

SAS places an order for an additional 50 Airbus A320neo aircraft, will phase-out the Boeing 737s

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL LN-RGL (msn 7290) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 937988.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has decided to order 50 additional Airbus A320neo aircraft with delivery from spring 2019 through 2023. This order means SAS for the first time will have a single-type fleet by 2023 that consists of the market’s most efficient short- and medium-haul aircraft in terms of cost and environment.

 

The Airbus A320neo has 15–20 percent lower jet-fuel consumption per seat kilometer compared to the aircraft being phased out of traffic. In addition, the climate-impacting emissions can be further reduced through the use of biofuel. Today, SAS already invests in biofuel and has also been working for several years on stimulating increased production of biofuels

The investments in the customer offering and efficiency enhancements over the past few years have contributed to SAS’s improved profitability, which in turn has enabled this aircraft order. SAS is in the process of implementing SEK 3 billion in efficiency gains by 2020. SAS will have to continue to improve efficiency even after 2020. The renewal of the aircraft fleet together with the implementation of the single type fleet means SAS can take efficiency enhancements of its operations to the next level.

A modern and efficient single-type fleet

SAS has already 17 Airbus A320neos in service from a previous order for 30 Airbus A320neos.

This order means that SAS will have at least 80 Airbus A320neos in service during 2023. The order for 50 Airbus A320neos is split into two parts. The first 15 new Airbus A320neos, with deliveries from the spring of 2019 through 2021, have been secured through declarations of intent with lessors. The remaining 35 Airbus A320neos are planned to be delivered directly by Airbus up to 2023.

The aircraft order also includes options for an additional five A320neos. Moreover, SAS has the possibility to increase the number of aircraft that can be leased from lessors. Alongside existing aircraft, this also creates flexibility for growth under the right circumstances.

The aircraft will be financed through a combination of finance leases, sale and leaseback, and cash flow generated by our own operations. All of the aircraft will be equipped with SAS’s high-speed WiFi and have SAS’s appreciated new cabin interiors.

During the 2010s, SAS worked on harmonizing and simplifying its aircraft fleet.

Today, SAS has two aircraft types in service within Europe, compared with six different types in 2012.

In line with the deliveries of the new Airbus A320neos, SAS will begin phasing out its Boeing 737 and the existing Airbus A320 aircraft.

To be replaced with new Airbus A320neos, gone in 2023

Above Copyright Photo: The Boeing 737-800s are likely to be the last 737 type to be retired in 2023. Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Boeing 737-883 WL LN-RRT (msn 28326) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 936360.

At the same time, SAS will further simplify its aircraft fleet into a single-type fleet consisting of Airbus aircraft on both short-, medium- and long-haul routes. This will lead to increased flexibility, and enable further standardizations and enhancements to efficiency in the production.

As a whole, this aircraft order will provide SAS with an extremely competitive aircraft fleet in terms of environmental impact, customer comfort and cost efficiency.

The list price of the 35 A320neo aircraft, including engines, directly purchased from Airbus amounts to just below $4 billion (US), before discounts agreed between SAS and Airbus. The other 15 A320neo aircraft will be leased from lessor companies. The order to Airbus is made by SAS and its wholly owned subsidiary Gorm Asset Management Ltd.

SAS has not yet selected the engines that will be used on these aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL LN-RGL (msn 7290) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 937988.

SAS aircraft slide show:

SAS Group issues its Annual Report 2016/2017 including its fleet plans

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Ireland) Airbus A320-251N WL EI-SIA (msn 7897) LHR (SPA). Image: 940744.

SAS Group has issued its annual report:

Aircraft Fleet:

SAS has simplified its aircraft fleet considerably over the last few years; today, it has three aircraft types under SAS’s own traffic license. The aircraft fleet consists of Boeing 737 NGs, the Airbus A320 family and Airbus A330/A340s. In addition, SAS wet-leases 33 aircraft through strategic business partners.

As of October 31, 2017, SAS had aircraft orders for 18 Airbus A320neos and eight Airbus A350-900s for delivery up through 2021.

Of the remaining aircraft order for 18 Airbus A320neos, SAS has financed eight aircraft through sale and leaseback. In addition, SAS has begun financing the remaining ten Airbus A320neos and the eight Airbus A350s.

In January 2017, SAS decided to establish a new air operator certificate (AOC) in Ireland (see photo above). SAS also decided to establish bases in London and Malaga, where a total of nine Airbus A320neos are planned for deployment. The first AOC was granted in December 2017, and the first flight took place that same month from the base in London. The first flight from the base in Malaga is planned for the summer of 2018.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo (all others by SAS): Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Ireland) Airbus A320-251N WL EI-SIA (msn 7897) LHR (SPA). Image: 940744.

SAS aircraft slide show:

Where SAS passengers most want to fly to

"Frithiof Viking", delivered on September 25, 2015

SAS customers were recently invited to influence which destinations our Now or Never campaign should include and a whopping 11.000 people cast their votes over the December 1-3 weekend. We have again listened to our customers and are happy to present their favorite destinations in today’s Now or Never campaign.

So where do we want to fly away to? Swedes, Norwegians and Danes alike put the US high on the list. Top of the list of destinations voted by SAS passengers however was Tokyo.

At the same time, old favorites like New York and Miami – which SAS recently started flying to from Stockholm as well – came high on the list along with London, Alicante and Malaga.

Top Ten – Sweden

  1. Tokyo
  2. New York
  3. Miami
  4. Malaga
  5. London
  6. Alicante
  7. Palma de Mallorca
  8. Paris
  9. Barcelona
  10. Athens
Top Ten – Norway

  1. Alanya
  2. Tokyo
  3. New York
  4. Miami
  5. Alicante
  6. London
  7. Malaga
  8. Copenhagen
  9. Gran Canaria
  10. Barcelona
Top ten – Denmark

  1. New York
  2. Tokyo
  3. Miami
  4. Boston
  5. Malaga
  6. Rome
  7. Athens
  8. Barcelona
  9. London
  10. Paris

About the Now or Never campaign

Under its Now & Never concept, SAS passengers are offered flights to selected destinations at a special campaign price every Thursday from 6 pm to midnight (December 7 it is extended to last from 12 noon to midnight). The travel period is from January 1 to April 30, 2018 for all destinations.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKS (msn 1665) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 929854.

 

SAS launches “SAS Go Light” to the USA – for travelers who travel light

Europe's first 242-ton Airbus A330

From December 14, 2017 it is possible for SAS travelers to choose SAS Go Light on all SAS flights from Scandinavia to the United States. SAS Go Light offers a lower price when travelling with carry-on luggage only.

SAS Go Light was launched on European routes in 2015 in addition to SAS Go and SAS Plus. After the successful launch SAS is now expending the offer to the United States. SAS Go, SAS Plus and SAS Business will remain the same.

To create flexibility, it is also possible for travelers who have chosen SAS Go Light to subsequently purchase additional services such as check-in baggage from the time of booking to departure.

SAS Go Light is available on all SAS flights from Sweden, Denmark and Norway to New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. SAS Go Light and SAS Go will reward travelers with the same EuroBonus points and service on board SAS. The same rules apply for re-booking and reimbursement.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 F-WWYJ (LN-RKR) (msn 1660) TLS (Olivier Gregoire). Image: 929524.

SAS adds weekly Stockholm – Miami flights

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 SE-REE (msn 515) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 905686.

Scaninavian Airlines-SAS, as planned, added weekly service between Stockholm (Arlanda) and Miami on October 29, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 SE-REE (msn 515) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 905686.

SAS seasonal summer 2018 routes – 5 new destinations and 27 new nonstop routes from Scandinavia

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A321-232 OY-KBK (msn 1587) LHR. Image: 935369.

SAS continues to expand its offer to and from Scandinavia and launches 27 new nonstop routes to be served from several of its hubs. The seasonal summer 2018 routes also includes five new destinations on SAS´ route map; Verona, Sarajevo, Genoa, Toulon and Beirut. In addition to this, SAS is giving its customers more access to popular destinations with expanded summer service to Portugal, Spain, Croatia and Italy. And as a response to the increased interest in leisure travel, expanded non-stop flights from several of its hubs to popular summer destinations.

SAS seasonal summer 2018 routes offer 114 destinations from Denmark, Norway and Sweden and 1,3 million additional seats (compared to 2017) for the Scandinavian travelers.

SAS seasonal summer 2018 routes from Sweden

Arlanda Airport offers nonstop flights to Verona, Gazipasa, Birmingham. Expanded departures to Palma, Lisbon, Malaga and Rome.

SAS seasonal summer 2018 routes from Norway

Oslo offers nonstop flights to Thessaloniki, Prague, Genève, Warsaw and Aarhus. Additional flights will be offered to popular destinations as Athens, Düsseldorf and Manchester.

Nonstop flights are also offered from hubs including Bergen-Pula, Stavanger-Pula, Bodø-Alicante and Trondheim-Split.

SAS seasonal summer 2018 routes from Denmark

Copenhagen Airport offers nonstop flights to Beirut, Toulon, Sarajevo, Lisbon and Genoa. Gazipaza in Turkey is destination that has made a comeback in this year’s summer program. In addition to this, more frequent flights to Zurich in Switzerland, Rome, Italy and Aarhus.

Aarhus Airport offers new nonstop flights to Oslo, Stockholm, Munich, Majorca and Split.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A321-232 OY-KBK (msn 1587) LHR. Image: 935369.