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SAS joins Nordic initiative for electric aviation

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

A Nordic initiative to drive the development of electric aircraft is now being launched. Funded by Nordic Innovation (an organization under the Nordic Council of Ministers), a platform is created where SAS together with other Nordic players gather.

“We will be a Nordic network that works with both infrastructure, industry issues and new business models,” says Maria Fiskerud, project manager for The Nordic Network for Electric Aviation (NEA).

The NEA network will organize workshops and other events to build knowledge and cooperation in the Nordic countries. At present, the network has eleven members (Air Greenland, Avinor, Braathens Regional Airlines, El-fly AS, Finnair, Heart Aerospace, Iceland Air, NISA (Nordic Innovation Sustainable Aviation), RISE, SAS and Swedavia).

“The transition to sustainable air travel is existential to us and the aviation industry. Therefore, it is vital to exchange knowledge with other stakeholders to gain speed in the development of electric aircraft for commercial use. We have high ambitions for our sustainability work and we already collaborate with Airbus, among others, regarding the electrification of aviation,” says Lars Andersen Resare, Head of Environment and CSR at SAS.

There are four focus areas with clear objectives for driving the growth of electric aircraft: to Standardize electric air infrastructure in the Nordic countries, to Develop business models for regional point-to-point connectivity between Nordic countries, to Develop aircraft technology for Nordic weather conditions, and to Create a platform for European and global collaborations.

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SAS to launch a new direct route to Beirut from Stockholm

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROP (msn 8350) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945341.

SAS has made this announcement:

At the end of June, SAS will begin to fly from Stockholm to Beirut twice a week. The route will initially be operated on Wednesdays and Sundays and then from mid-August on Wednesdays and Saturdays until September 7, 2019. SAS already flies to the Lebanese capital from Copenhagen during the summer months.

The new route, which launches on June 30, establishes an even better connection between Scandinavia and one of the world’s oldest cities, which boasts a wide range of experiences: well-preserved castles, historic churches and mosques, beautiful beaches and the world-famous Lebanese cuisine.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROP (msn 8350) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945341.

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SAS introduces premium dining for SAS Go travelers

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

SAS now gives SAS Go travelers the chance to upgrade their dining experience by pre-ordering premium menus on long haul flights. Aiming to further enhance the personalisation of the airlines’ on-board experience, the initiative is also in line with the development of the next generation of traveling and a part of SAS’s environmental and sustainability work.

We believe true travelers wish to add that little extra element to their flying experience. Therefore, SAS now introduces the possibility to enhance the dining experience on board, also when traveling in SAS Go.

Starting from November 2018, SAS Go travelers on long haul flights can pre-order a premium menu to upgrade and enhance their dining experience.

Karl Sandlund, Executive Vice President Commercial comments, “Our new tailored pre-order concept is part of our strategy to strengthen our on board service, delivering innovative and personalised services that we know our customer value. SAS always strive to be at the forefront of innovation and to pioneer the next generation of travelling, and we are glad to introduce carefully selected and brand new premium dining experiences for our passengers on our long haul flights”.

Travelers will be able to choose from four freshly prepared menus. Each is a ‘Premium set menu’, featuring original, fresh dishes, including a seasonal starter, main course and dessert, as well as a choice of two drinks from a listed selection. In addition, the cutlery and glasses offered alongside our menus are exclusively designed for SAS, in partnership with top Scandinavian designers.

New travel trend

Trend analysis and forecasts currently show that the demand for tailor made travel experiences and pre-ordering has grown and is predicted to increase still further going forward. In response to this trend, SAS’s pre-order concept is being introduced onto long haul flights, following its successful introduction onto short haul flights.

As well as delivering a personalised service, pre-ordering is also a part of SAS’ environmental and sustainability work, helping the loading of fresh food to be more accurate, minimizing food waste and weight on board.

Karl Sandlund comments, “Our new premium pre-order concept has been introduced in response to trend data and customer feedback. A pioneering concept in the travel industry, our vision is to continuously develop and explore new ways to make life easier for our travelers, by offering innovative and desired services”.

SAS introduced pre-order on short haul flights in 2016 and the concept’s popularity has grown since launch. In 2017, day and evening options for pre-order in SAS Go was extended to include a choice of 11 meals, leading to demand growing by 25%, totalling 120,000 meals served per year.

In 2018 SAS extended the option to pre-order from day and evening menus on flights in Scandinavia and Europe, extending the service to all flights with a minimum of 80 minutes, reduced from previously flights of 120 minutes or longer, doubling the number or European flights with pre-order options. Pre-order is now offered on a total of approximately 80,000 SAS flights per year, with SAS expecting demand to grow as it works to further improve and expand the offer.

General facts

Prices for the new “Premium set menus” start from SEK 190 / NOK 190 /DKK 150 / EUR 19 / USD 23

Pre-ordering your meals when traveling with SAS is easy. Travelers can easily arrange it when booking a flight, or choose to do so at a later stage by logging in to the “My bookings” page at the SAS website.

If travelers choose to pre-order, the ordinary included meal on SAS Go will be replaced by the selected premium meal. The second meal served before landing is not affected by the order.

All photos by SAS.

SAS doubles the number of flights with pre-order dining

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A321-232 OY-KBB (msn 1642) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943592.

Scandinavian Airlines – SAS has made this announcement:

By extending the pre-order concept to more travelers on short haul flights from October 2018, SAS now takes new steps to reduce food waste and to personalize the on board experience. Furthermore, the initiative is in line with the vision of the next generation of traveling.

Starting from flights departing on October 1, 2018, it will now be possible to pre-order from the full day and evening menus on SAS Scandinavian and European flights from 80 minutes flight time, instead of 120 minutes as today, and thereby doubling the number of flights where pre-order is available. The initiative entails that pre-order options are now offered at a total number of approximately 80.000 SAS flights a year.Travelers have the possibility to choose from an assortment of 11 fresh food selections, including the well-received New Nordic by SAS salad cubes launched in spring 2017.

“Pre-ordering meals are popular and appreciated among our passengers. It is a modern, premium and innovative service concept, which allows travelers to customize their journey and order precisely that kind of food they wish to enjoy on board, for example vegan, gluten free, or specific types of meat-dishes. This is why we have chosen to double the number of flights where the pre-order concept is available. SAS always strives to be at the forefront of innovation and pioneering the next generation of traveling. Pre-ordering meals when traveling with SAS is easy. Travelers can do it during the booking process, or choose to do so at a later stage by logging in to the “My bookings” page at the SAS website. Here they will find a wide variety of food, satisfying all taste pallets”, says Thérèse Lorenius, VP Product and Services.

Extending the pre-order concept is a part of SAS’s environmental and sustainability work. Pre-order is an evident tool to reduce food waste, as it ensures the right amount and type of meals are loaded to match customer demands on each specific flight. While ensuring that the food SAS offers is tasty, inspiring and of highest quality, it is also a way to ensure low food waste. As ingredients and tastes change throughout the year, the New Nordic by SAS menus are optimized and customized based on the selected and fresh ingredients of the season.

On European routes with a flight time on 3 hours or above, SAS continues to load a wide assortment of fresh food on board, including the New Nordic by SAS salad cubes during the day. Salad cubes will no longer automatically be loaded on European and Scandinavian flights shorter than 3 hours.

Breakfast boxes, sandwiches, pizza and snacks will still be available to travelers in SAS Go without pre-ordering and SAS continues to offer travelers numerous food and snack options from the café menu which are continuously upgraded, latest by September 30, 2018.

Copyright Photo (all others by SAS): Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A321-232 OY-KBB (msn 1642) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943592.

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SAS may sell its 37.5% share in Air Greenland

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SAS issued this statement:

The Government of Denmark and the Government of Greenland have on September 10, 2018 come to a political agreement in which it is mentioned that the Government of Greenland will look into acquiring the shares in Air Greenland owned by the Danish State.

The acquisition is conditional on the two parties reaching satisfying agreements on a number of issues, including a satisfying agreement on the valuation of the shares.

Furthermore, the acquisition of the shares owned by the Danish State is conditional on getting the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities.

Following the political agreement mentioned above, SAS and the Government of Greenland also announce that the Government of Greenland will consider buying the 37.5% stake in Air Greenland owned by SAS.

This potential acquisition is subject to the same terms and conditions as outlined above, and conditional on SAS AB board approval.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Greenland): Air Greenland Airbus A330-223 OY-GRN (msn 230) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 922693.

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SAS launches a new and exclusive Champagne and beer selection this summer

Scandinavian Airlines has made this announcement:

SAS is looking forward to treating travelers this summer continuing two exciting collaborations delivering exclusive new inflight drinks.  A SAS exclusive deal with Charles Heidsieck will serve up a new vintage Champagne, while a continued collaboration with Mikkeller delivers a summery non-alcoholic beer from the Danish brewery.

The partnership with Charles Hiedsieck Rose Vintage Champagne means SAS Business passengers will be the only ones in the world able to taste a newly released vintage, with SAS replacing its Non-Vintage Brut with the previously unreleased Rose vintage 2005 and all remaining bottles of the 2006 vintage.

SAS Head Chef Peter Lawrence comments, “We selected this new Champagne as its taste profile is a perfect match for our Business class cabin.  With fruity notes and tasting of figs, pine nuts and brioche, with a long, balanced finish, the new Champagne elevates our offering to the next level.  Offering the previously unreleased Rose vintage of 2005 and securing all stocks of the 2006 vintage, means we are serving an exclusive Champagne to our travelers”.

In an ongoing collaboration with Danish brewery Mikkeller, SAS is also following up the introduction of its first exclusive beers, introduced a year ago as part of the ‘New Nordic Food & Beverage’ concept, with a non-alcoholic beer.  Served on all SAS routes, the new non-alcoholic beer is brewed to deliver a light yet fruity taste, where the hops, Belgian yeast and spices offer a complex and very drinkable beer, perfect for the summer season.

Peter comments, “SAS continuously works to update and improve our onboard beverage menu, and we believe we lead the market with our offering.  Since launching our new onboard dining concept a year ago, we have introduced several new and different beers, including exclusive brews from Danish brewery Mikkeller, but felt that a non-alcoholic beer was missing from our selection”.

Peter continues, “Our beers are all based on the best ingredients available and common to all SAS x Mikkeller beers are that they set a new standard for beverages served onboard flights.  Many are brewed and fermented using wild yeast and each is served at the peak of their flavor and profile.  SAS has worked together with Mikkeller to so far develop 18 different and exclusive beers, one cocktail and one vodka and we look forward to continuing with our collaboration – there are six beers already in development to be released in the future exclusively onboard our flights”.

All photos by SAS.

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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