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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.

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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.

SAS to establish a new airline (AOC) in Ireland with bases in London and Spain

Delivered on November 30, 2016

SAS issued this statement:

SAS’s strategy is to focus on those customers who travel frequently to, from and within Scandinavia. SAS continuously develops its offering and network to meet this customer group’s needs. The air travel market in Europe is experiencing intense price pressure and rising demand for leisure travel. To secure the company’s long-term competitiveness and to take an active role in the growing leisure market, SAS is now taking a further step to reduce the cost differential to newly established competitors.

If SAS is to secure the long-term profitability of key traffic flows and actively participate in the growing leisure market, SAS must have the same preconditions as other market participants. Therefore, SAS has decided to establish a new AOC in Ireland with operational bases in London and Spain. The aim is for the new operations to be up and running from winter 2017/2018, providing a smaller number of departures as a complement to SAS’s existing production.

“In line with SAS’s strategy of focusing on those customers who travel frequently to, from and within Scandinavia, the majority of SAS’s airline operations will continue to be based in Scandinavia moving forward. The establishment of new bases means we can complement our Scandinavian production and, in time, build an even broader network with a superior schedule to the benefit of our customers,” says Rickard Gustafson, SAS President and CEO.

The aircraft based in London and Spain will have the same customer offering and appearance as other airline operations at SAS and with corresponding requirements in terms of safety and standards.

At the start, smaller start-up costs for the new AOC and new bases are expected to impact earnings. Initially, the financial effects from operations at these bases will be small, but will gradually increase as operations grow.

In parallel with establishing the new AOC, SAS has planned further structural measures for its operations, in line with those announced in the 2015/2016 year-end report.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL LN-RGN (msn 7341) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936438.

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SAS takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), has taken delivery of its first of 30 A320neo aircraft ordered, becoming the first Arline in Scandinavia to operate the world’s most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft.

SAS ordered the A320neo as part of its strategy to modernize its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft, reducing environmental impact such as emissions and aircraft noise. The A320neo will join SAS’s existing Airbus fleet of 25 A320 Family aircraft, eight A330s and eight A340s.

SAS’s A320neo is configured in a comfortable single class layout with 174 seats. The aircraft is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and will be deployed on short to medium-haul routes from its Scandinavian home bases to destinations throughout Europe.

Photo: Airbus/C. Brinkmann. Airbus A320-251N LN-RGL “Sol Viking” (msn 7290) was handed over on October 21, 2016.

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