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Air Serbia carries 71% more passengers in January, year over year

Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APF (msn 3317) (50 Years) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 956839.

Air Serbia is reporting a hopeful return of passengers:

In January 2022, Air Serbia operated 1,641 scheduled and charter flights, via its home airport in Belgrade, as well as airports in Niš and Kraljevo. Despite the strong influence of the coronavirus Omicron strain, more than 90,000 passengers were carried, which is 71 percent more than in January 2021, which was also affected by the winter wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are extremely pleased to have started this year with performance growth, which is the result of our adaptation to life with the coronavirus. By increasing the number of passengers carried in January by as much as 71 percent compared to the same month last year, we have shown that we are ready for the strong expansion we are expecting in the coming period. These results also prove that our decisions, as well as our strategy, are on the right path, which we believe will help us to be stronger in the coming months, to the mutual satisfaction of both us and our passengers”, said Boško Rupić, Head of Sales at Air Serbia.

In January, the Serbian national airline launched new PSO routes from Niš Constantine the Great Airport and Kraljevo Morava Airport, thus enabling passengers from different parts of the country to reach European destinations in the Air Serbia network.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APF (msn 3317) (50 Years) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 956839.

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Air Serbia to introduce flights to Hanover, Nuremberg and Salzburg

Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-API (msn 1140) LHR (SPA). Image: 956594.

Air Serbia continues with the strong expansion of its network by launching direct scheduled flights from Belgrade to two destinations in Germany – Hanover as of  June 3, 2022 and Nuremberg as of June 6, 2022, while flights to Salzburg, Austria, are scheduled to commence as of June 7, 2022.

With the announced network expansion, the Serbian national airline will operate flights to as many as eight destinations in Germany – Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg and Hanover from Belgrade, as well as to Frankfurt-Hahn and Cologne from Niš, which will make this country the market with the most Air Serbia destinations.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-API (msn 1140) LHR (SPA). Image: 956594.

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Air Serbia to add new routes from Niš and Kraljevo

Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APL (msn 4282) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 956222.

Air Serbia has made this announcement:

As of January 4, 2022, Air Serbia will start operating the routes of public interest from the Niš Constantine the Great and Kraljevo Morava Airports. The Serbian national airline will operate scheduled flights between Niš and Belgrade, Istanbul, Frankfurt (Hahn), Cologne and Ljubljana, as well as flights between Kraljevo and Istanbul. The aforementioned routes will operate twice weekly, with the exception of Belgrade – Niš flights, which will be operated four times a week. Tickets are already on sale.

Additionally, seasonal flights on the routes Niš-Tivat and Niš-Athens, as well as Kraljevo-Thessaloniki and Kraljevo-Tivat, will operate during the summer peak season. Flights to the new destinations will run until December 31, 2023, pursuant to a contract awarded in a tender conducted by the Government of the Republic of Serbia for operating the routes of public interest.

Known for the famous Cologne Cathedral, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as a perfect example of gothic architecture, Cologne represents the fourth biggest city in Germany. The oldest City Hall in the entire country, the Ludwig Museum with hundreds of works of Pablo Picasso, and the lively atmosphere of the Belgian Quarter are just some of the attractions which the city on the Rhine has to offer.

With the introduction of scheduled flights from Niš and Kraljevo to Istanbul, the city on the Bosporus will become the only destination in the Air Serbia network to which flights will be operated from all three airports in Serbia, which will significantly strengthen connectivity with Turkey.

Winter schedule of flights from Niš to Cologne::

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 1326 Niš (INI) 20:25 Cologne (CGN) 22:45 Thu 06 January 2022.
JU 1327 Cologne (CGN) 23:25 Niš (INI) 01:30 Thu 06 January 2022.
JU 1326 Niš (INI) 17:10 Cologne (CGN) 19:30 Sat 08 January 2022.
JU 1327 Cologne (CGN) 20:15 Niš (INI) 22:20 Sat 08 January 2022.

*All times are local

Winter schedule of flights from Niš to Frankfurt (Hahn):

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 1336 Niš (INI) 14:40 Frankfurt (HHN) 16:55 Thu 06 January 2022.
JU 1337 Frankfurt (HHN) 17:35 Niš (INI) 19:45 Thu 06 January 2022.
JU 1336 Niš (INI) 07:00 Frankfurt (HHN) 09:15 Sat 08 January 2022.
JU 1337 Frankfurt (HHN) 09:55 Niš (INI) 12:05 Sat 08 January 2022.

*All times are local

Winter schedule of flights from Niš to Ljubljana:

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 1192 Niš (INI) 18:40 Ljubljana (LJU) 20:35 Thu 06 January 2022.
JU 1193 Ljubljana (LJU) 21:10 Niš (INI) 23:00 Thu 06 January 2022.
JU 1192 Niš (INI) 16:20 Ljubljana (LJU) 18:15 Sat 08 January 2022.
JU 1193 Ljubljana (LJU) 18:55 Niš (INI) 20:45 Sat 08 January 2022.

*All times are local

Winter schedule of flights from Niš to Istanbul:

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 1804 Niš (INI) 18:50 Istanbul (IST) 22:15 Tue 04 January 2022.
JU 1805 Istanbul (IST) 18:40 Niš (INI) 18:05 Tue 04 January 2022.
JU 1804 Niš (INI) 12:50 Istanbul (IST) 16:15 Sat 08 January 2022.
JU 1805 Istanbul (IST) 17:00 Niš (INI) 16:25 Sat 08 January 2022.

*All times are local

Winter schedule of flights from Niš to Belgrade:

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 1102 Belgrade (BEG) 13:20 Niš (INI) 14:00 Thu 06 January 2022.
JU 1104 Belgrade (BEG) 17:10 Niš (INI) 18:05 Thu 06 January 2022.
JU 1101 Niš (INI) 11:00 Belgrade (BEG) 11:40 Fri 07 January 2022.
JU 1107 Niš (INI) 05:05 Belgrade (BEG) 06:00 Fri 07 January 2022.
JU 1102 Belgrade (BEG) 14:50 Niš (INI) 15:45 Sat 08 January 2022.
JU 1106 Belgrade (BEG) 00:15 Niš (INI) 00:55 Sat 08 January 2022.
JU 1101 Niš (INI) 08:50 Belgrade (BEG) 09:30 Sun 9 January 2022.
JU 1107 Niš (INI) 04:50 Belgrade (BEG) 05:45 Sun 9 January 2022.

*All times are local

Winter schedule of flights from Kraljevo to Istanbul:

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 2804 Kraljevo (KVO) 08:35 Istanbul (IST) 12:50 Wed, Sat 05 January 2022.
JU 2805 Istanbul (IST) 13:30 Kraljevo (KVO) 13:35 Wed, Sat 05 January 2022.

*All times are local

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APL (msn 4282) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 956222.

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Arizona Cardinals NFL team adds an ex-Delta Boeing 777-200 ER as a team charter aircraft

The Arizona Cardinals Football Team of the NFL have raised their profile off the field.

Today in Phoenix, ex-Delta Boeing 777-232 ER N867DA (msn 29743), conducted its first test flight after being repainted. N867DA is now out of the Alliance paint shop in PHX.

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https://cardswire.usatoday.com/2021/12/18/cardinals-become-just-2nd-franchise-to-purchase-new-airplane-for-team-travel/

Terry Nash was there to capture the first image of the new logo jet.

Unveiled on December 17, 2021

Above Copyright Photo: Arizona Cardinals Football Boeing 777-232 ER N867DA (msn 29743) PHX (Terry Nash). Image: 956178.

In the past, both US Airways and America West Airlines operated a Cardinals logo jet for the team.

US Airways Airbus A319-132 N837AW (msn 2595) (Arizona Cardinals) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 904408.

Above Copyright Photo: US Airways Airbus A319-132 N837AW (msn 2595) (Arizona Cardinals) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 904408.

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Delivered on August 25, 1989

Above Copyright Photo: America West Airlines Boeing 757-2G7 N908AW (msn 24233) (Arizona Cardinals) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 949686.

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Spirit Airlines to expand in Philadelphia

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N519NK (msn 2723) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 956064.

Spirit Airlines has announced it is adding seven new destinations and increasing service to Cancun (CUN) from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

The expansion will begin with nonstop New Orleans (MSY) service launching on Feb. 16, 2022, followed by new routes to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN), Nashville (BNA), Houston (IAH), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ), Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) and over to the West Coast at Oakland/San Francisco (OAK) by May 18, 2022. The additions of Aguadilla and Oakland unlock totally new, unserved markets for PHL, saving Guests valuable time and expense by eliminating costly connections.

Spirit Airlines Routes at PHL:  

Destination:

Flights Available:

Launch Date:

New Orleans (MSY) NEW

Daily

Feb. 16

Aguadilla, PR (BQN) NEW

4 flights per week

Apr. 20

Nashville (BNA) NEW

Daily

May 11

Houston (IAH) NEW

Daily

May 11

Punta Cana, DR (PUJ) NEW

4 flights per week

May 18

Montego Bay, JM (MBJ) NEW

3 flights per week

May 18

Oakland/San Francisco (OAK) NEW

Daily

May 18

Atlanta (ATL)

Daily

Existing Service

Cancun, MX (CUN)

Daily

Increasing service Apr. 20

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)

Daily

Existing Service

Detroit (DTW)

Daily

Existing Service

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

3-4 flights per day

Existing Service

Fort Myers (RSW)

3-4 flights per week

Existing Service

Las Vegas (LAS)

Daily

Existing Service

Los Angeles (LAX)

Daily

Existing Service

Miami (MIA)

Daily

Existing Service

Myrtle Beach (MYR)

Daily

Existing Service

Orlando (MCO)

3-4 flights per day

Existing Service

San Juan, PR (SJU)

1-2 flights per day

Existing Service

Tampa (TPA)

Daily

Existing Service

Spirit began operations at PHL in 2013 with service to Dallas (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS) and Myrtle Beach (MYR), and gradually added service over the years. With the seven new routes, Spirit will now serve 20 destinations in the U.S. and the Caribbean from PHL.

Top Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N519NK (msn 2723) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 956064.

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Air Serbia to extend flights to three Russian destinations throughout October

Celebrating 90 Years (including JAT)

Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, due to good results achieved during the summer season, decided to extend the period during which it will fly to three destinations in the Russian Federation – Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar, and its new destination Rostov-on-Don. Even though it was initially planned to operate flights until the end of September, it was decided to continue them until the end of the summer season, i.e. until the end of October and subject to further developments regarding the demand and travel restrictions, Air Serbia will decide on possible flying to these three destinations during the forthcoming winter season, as well.

Air Serbia plans to operate nearly 500 flights and carry about 60,000 passengers between Belgrade and its four destinations in the Russian Federation from the start of the year until the end of August. The load factor on the routes is over 80%.

Serbian national airline will continue flying to its destinations in Russia at the same dynamic – up to eight times a week to Moscow and twice a week to Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don.

Due to high demand among passengers from the region and the Russian Federation, Air Serbia boosted the frequency of its Moscow service in May, and restored the temporarily suspended flights to Krasnodar and Saint Petersburg in early June, as well as launched a new service to Rostov-on-Don. Thanks to direct flights to four important economic, industrial and cultural centres of Russia, the Serbian airline represents the main gateway for traveling to our region and beyond for passengers from the world’s biggest country.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APB (msn 2296) (90 Years) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 954808.

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Air Serbia and Luxair establish partnership agreement, Air Serbia increases flights to Montenegro

Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APE (msn 3252) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954338.

Air Serbia and Luxair have established a new partnership agreement.

In other news, Air Serbia is increasing the number of flights to Montenegro with this announcement:

Due to high demand, Air Serbia has provided in July a total of 12,340 additional seats on flights to the Montenegrin coast. The Serbian national airline has made additional 10,228 seats available to passengers by introducing 43 round trip flights to Tivat this month. Also, the introduction of a different aircraft type on existing flights on this popular route has made another 2,160 seats available.

With reference to the concerned changes, Air Serbia will operate up to 54 flights a week to Tivat in July, while the number of daily flights on this route will range from six to as many as eight.

In July, Air Serbia plans to operate three daily flights to Podgorica, that is, up to 21 flights a week, and Serbia’s flag carrier will operate a total of 322 round trip flights to both of its destinations in Montenegro. In order to provide greater capacity, one return flight to Podgorica on Sundays will be performed by an Airbus A330 with 257 seats.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APE (msn 3252) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954338.

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Avianca El Salvador launches Ontario, CA – San Salvador service

Avianca (El Salvador) Airbus A319-132 N522TA (msn 5219) (Star Alliance) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937568.

Ontario International Airport (ONT) officials are celebrating the launch of Avianca Airlines’ service to El Salvador – the first of its kind between the Inland Empire to Central America staring on July 1.

The Bogota, Colombia-based carrier will operate three flights a week from ONT to San Salvador International Airport (SAL) in the capital city of El Salvador. Flights will arrive at ONT at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with return service departing ONT at 1:15 a.m.

Flight #

Origin

Destination

Departure

Arrival

Frequency

Aircraft

AV530

SAL

ONT

7:10 p.m.

11:30 p.m.

Tue, Thu, Sat

Airbus A319

AV531

ONT

SAL

1:15 a.m.

7:05 a.m.

Wed, Fri,  Sun

Airbus A319

*All times local

Top Copyright Photo: Avianca (El Salvador) Airbus A319-132 N522TA (msn 5219) (Star Alliance) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937568.

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Air Serbia increases frequency of flights to Montenegro, opens charter season with flights to Hurghada

Named "Dejan Stankovic"

Air Serbia will be increasing its capacities on flights between Serbia and Montenegro, by introducing additional flights and more than 3,000 additional seats to both Tivat and Podgorica, during 1 May and Easter holidays. In May, the Serbian national airline plans to operate 15 flights a week to Podgorica, with two flights each day, except on Friday, when it will be operating three flights to the Montenegrin capital. The national airline will be flying to Tivat 9 times a week in May, with one flight every day, except for Friday and Sunday, when it will be operating two daily flights.

Immediately after Montenegro Airlines’ discontinued operations in December 2020, Air Serbia increased the capacities for trips between the two countries and utilized additional resources at airports in Podgorica, Tivat and Belgrade, in order to accommodate all passengers in the new circumstances.

There are currently no travel restrictions between Serbia and Montenegro, and negative PCR tests are not needed in either direction. Air Serbia flights are operated using Airbus A319 and A320 type aircraft, with a greater number of seats.

Photo: The new Airbus A330 aircraft, intended for our New York flights, is embellished with a stylized image of Serbia’s famous scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla.

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In other news, Air Serbia is opening the summer charter season for 2021 with a total of seven round trip flights between Belgrade and Hurghada, which will be operated until  May 8, 2021, during Easter and International Workers’ Day holidays. The national airline will operate the flights using Airbus A319 airplanes, each with a 144 seat configuration.

During the summer season of 2021, Air Serbia, in cooperation with domestic travel agencies, plans to operate more than 800 charter flights to popular destinations in Turkey, Egypt, Greece and Tunisia.

Charter flights to Turkey will be primarily organized toward the Antalya region, but there are also plans for Bodrum and Dalaman on the Aegean coast. When it comes to Egypt, flights to Hurghada will be operated on a larger scale, with slightly smaller number of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh. As for Greece, passengers can expect travel arrangements with direct charter flights to Rhodes, Crete, Skiathos, Corfu, Kefalonia, and other popular destinations.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APJ (msn 1159) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943568.

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COVID-19 is having a negative impact at SAS

All 4 parked in March 2020, future uncertain

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has reported on its financial performance in the latest quarter:

SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE RESULTS DUE TO COVID-19

FEBRUARY 2020–APRIL 2020

  • Revenue: MSEK 5,264 (9,871)
  • Income before tax (EBT): MSEK -3,722 (-1,216)
  • Income before tax and items affecting comparability:MSEK -3,714 (-1,211)
  • Net income for the period: MSEK -3,470 (-933)
  • Earnings per common share: SEK -9.15 (-2.44)

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS DURING THE QUARTER

  • SAS temporarily halts most of its traffic due to effects of COVID-19
  • SAS initiates processes to reduce future workforce by up to 5,000 full-time positions
  • Ongoing and constructive discussions with largest owners on a recapitalization plan to secure adequate levels of funding and equity for the future

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS AFTER QUARTER END

  • SAS signs a SEK 3.3bn revolving credit facility agreement
  • Magnus Örnberg appointed new CFO of SAS

NOVEMBER 2019–APRIL 2020

  • Revenue: MSEK 14,971 (19,276)
  • Income before tax (EBT): MSEK -4,809 (-1,792)
  • Income before tax and items affecting comparability: MSEK -4,792 (-1,935)
  • Net income for the period: MSEK -4,331 (-1,402)
  • Earnings per common share: SEK -11.49 (-3.69)

SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE FINANCIAL RESULTS DUE TO COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for the aviation industry, including SAS. What started with travel restrictions to mainland China quickly led to global travel restrictions, quarantines and strict advice against unnecessary travel. Effectively, these measures eliminated the core foundation for our business model, and almost our entire fleet was grounded from mid-March. At the end of the quarter, SAS primarily operated limited domestic networks in Norway and Sweden, supplemented with a few international repatriation flights. For the first time in the history of our company, SAS offered no scheduled international flights to/from Scandinavia.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

We started our fiscal year with high demand for our services and with a robust operational performance in terms of regularity and punctuality. We reported strong passenger numbers, increased revenue and improved market shares. However, as the second quarter progressed, the full effects of the COVID-19 pandemic became evident. In April, our capacity was down 94% and the number of passengers fell 96% compared to last year. As a direct consequence, our quarterly revenue fell nearly 50% to MSEK 5,264.

The decline in demand immediately triggered SAS to implement a broad range of measures to radically reduce costs. In total, these reductions of fixed and variable cost amounted to SEK 2.4 billion compared to the same quarter last year. As of today, approximately 90% of our workforce is on temporary layoff schemes and we have announced a permanent reduction of 5,000 positions to adapt to predicted market conditions. Moreover, we have enforced a significant reduction of our network, reduced our sales & marketing spend, renegotiated supplier agreements, and postponed IT projects and investments. We also reduced capital expenditures by deferring aircraft deliveries and reaching agreements on payment holidays with most of our lessors.

SAS, like many other airlines has a very high level of fixed costs, whereby the cost reductions have not fully offset the sharp revenue decline, as a result of which we ended the quarter with a pre-tax loss of SEK 3.7 billion. Another focus area has been to preserve cash to the extent possible, and our cash position ended at SEK 4.2 billion, down SEK 2.4 billion in the quarter.

Shortly after the quarter ended, we were able to secure a three-year SEK 3.3 billion revolving credit facility, 90% guaranteed by the Danish and Swedish states. The facility strengthens our financial situation in a difficult period, with an expected negative operating cash burn in the range of MSEK 500–700 per month until end of fiscal year 2020.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND SAFE TRAVEL

Despite closed borders, SAS continues to play a vital role in supporting overall society. Early on during the outbreak, SAS operated special flights to repatriate Scandinavian citizens from countries such as Peru, Brazil and Pakistan. We have ensured air bridges for essential medical supplies in close collaboration with the three Scandinavian governments and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation.

Furthermore, our committed employees have engaged in relieving the very strained healthcare sector, assisting in carrying out public COVID-19 tests and volunteering as substitute teachers in elementary schools.

The safety and well-being of travelers and employees is always our highest priority. Therefore, SAS has reviewed the entire customer journey, and imposed some changes to ensure the safest travel experience possible. As a starting point, we urge all travelers to follow the general recommendations set by the health authorities in the respective countries.

Our boarding procedures have been adapted to facilitate social distancing and we have temporarily closed all SAS Lounges. Onboard, our aircraft are equipped with effective HEPA filters that significantly reduce the risk of airborne contamination, our service concept has been re-designed to reduce physical contact and all aircraft are cleaned and disinfected on a more frequent basis. Moreover, passengers will be seated with as much personal space possible, non-essential loose items onboard have been removed and hand luggage allowance is limited. Passengers are required to bring and use protective face masks during travel.

TRANSFORMATION TO ADAPT TO A NEW REALITY

Countries will gradually re-open, but the pace and prerequisites will not be the same in all geographies and regions. Furthermore, the pandemic has led to an economic downturn, resulted in behavioral changes in favor of more digital meetings and caused a general health concern among many customers. Therefore, we expect a longer recovery period than experienced in previous downturns. We expect that the recovery will start with increased domestic demand followed by European and then Intercontinental destinations. But, it will most likely take until 2022 before we see demand in line with what we experienced before the COVID-19 outbreak.

With the ongoing crisis, SAS will once again need to demonstrate its ability to transform to meet a new and very challenging reality. As a response to an environment characterized by lower passenger numbers and revenue generation, SAS is pursuing a revised business plan generating SEK 4 billion in further improvements by 2022.

The savings will come from a broad range of measures. A reduction of the workforce by up to 5,000 positions, combined with a zero-based resizing of our administration. Productivity improvements in the range of 15-25% are required in all collective bargaining agreements to cater for changing market conditions and seasonality aspects. Continuation of strict cost control procedures, imposed during the crisis, including renegotiated contracts with suppliers, reduced spend on marketing, product, IT development and other projects. Additionally, we plan to adapt the fleet size, through postponements and adjusted future deliveries of aircraft from Airbus and lessors until demand returns.

Our commitment to a more sustainable future remains firm, and the plan includes additional initiatives to maintain and accelerate our efforts. To achieve this, SAS will continue to upgrade its fleet, rightsize aircraft usage to demand and increase usage of sustainable aviation fuels to significantly reduce our emissions.

Given the impact of COVID-19 and the time it will take to recover to a more normalized situation, SAS will need to secure further funding in order to continue as the most important airline infrastructure provider in Scandinavia. This will require support from the Scandinavian governments. As a first step the Danish and Swedish governments have provided 90% guarantees for the SEK 3.3 billion revolving credit facility. SAS also continues its efforts to secure support from the Norwegian government.

SAS is currently in active, intensive and constructive discussions with the company’s major shareholders and selected stakeholders on a recapitalization plan to ensure the future of SAS. This includes realization of its key business priorities of necessary increased productivity and a continuation of the green transition.

Any potential solution will require both government and market participation, as well as burden sharing measures involving internal, external and financial stakeholders in the company. Different options are currently being considered, and we aim to present a plan to the market in June 2020.

Once a plan is in place, I am confident that we can overcome the current challenges and start to rebuild our business based on the strengths of SAS, including committed and dedicated employees, a strong brand and a valued customer offering.

We’re experiencing an unprecedented situation at the moment, that creates significant challenges for SAS. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all SAS employees for their dedicated efforts and support during the crisis. SAS is determined to re-start operations as soon as possible. On behalf of all of our employees, I’m truly looking forward to once again welcoming you on board a SAS flight in the near future.

Rickard Gustafson,

President and CEO

In May SAS landed an A340 at Copenhagen Airport (CPH) with a different kind of passengers in the cabin – not as interactive as our regular ones but nevertheless important to handle with safety and care.

This was our first cargo only flight with cabin-load, chartered by Blue Water Shipping, carrying 14 tons of face masks to protect the hardworking medical staff in Region Syddanmark. By placing cargo in the cabin, in addition to the traditional cargo hold below, we added space and were able to fly home as much protective equipment as possible in these critical times. The boxes are loaded manually in the cabin with great care and secured according to all safety measures stipulated by Airbus and International Air Transport Association (IATA).

In addition to the 7 pilots needed to operate this flight, cargo-only flights also require three cabin crew to make sure the cabin is safe during the entire flight.

Top Copyright Photo: SAS is also expected to simplify its fleet. Besides the planned upcoming retirements of the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 fleets (still in 2024?), SAS has also parked its four Airbus A319s including OY-KBO in the retro livery. Scandinavian Airlines System-SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) Airbus A319-132 OY-KBO (msn 2850) (1952 retrojet) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 936041.

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