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SAS to start a new nonstop service from Stavanger to Manchester

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

SAS is responding to the great interest in English football by introducing a new direct service from Stavanger to Manchester. The service will be operating all year round, with two departures a week. 

SAS has steadily expanded its direct services to Manchester in line with the increase in demand for trips to the British Isles and the interest in English football in particular. Football clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Leeds United have large groups of supporters in Norway and direct flights to Manchester Airport make it easy to get to the big football fixtures in the region quickly.

MediaCityUK on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester.

SAS also flies to Manchester from Oslo and Bergen, as well as several daily flights between Oslo and London.  SAS has a total of 49 flights a week to Manchester from Scandinavia in its winter schedule.
The direct flight from Stavanger to Manchester will operate twice a week, Monday and Friday, the service will be operated with Boeing 737 aircraft. First departure from Stavanger is November 8, 2019.


SAS to introduce direct services to the new airport in Sälen/Trysil

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

During the 2019-2020 winter season SAS is going to start direct flights from Copenhagen, Aalborg and London to Scandinavian Mountains Airport, the new airport in Sälen/Trysil. The new airport is only a short distance from around 250 ski slopes in Sweden and Norway.  The new services will give snow lovers from Denmark, Southern Sweden and the United Kingdom a totally new way of enjoying Scandinavia’s leading winter sports area.

SAS is introducing a total of four new return flights a week to and from Sälen/Trysil. The services from Denmark and the United Kingdom will operate during the winter season until Easter. With over 250 slopes at Skistar’s resorts within a 25-40 minute transfer from the airport, the new SAS services offer an entirely new way of getting to the Scandinavian ski resorts and mountain areas in Sälen and Trysil. SAS and SkiStar are also entering into a strategic partnership which will simplify the booking procedure for ski travel, for example.

The flying time from Copenhagen and Aalborg to Sälen/Trysil is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, while the flight from London takes about two hours. SAS will operate flights to Scandinavian Mountains Airport (SCR) starting on 29 December from Denmark and 28 December from the United Kingdom. The new services will be operated with the new SAS Airbus 320neo aircraft, which is the quietest and most fuel-efficient plane in the industry and reduces carbon emissions by up to 18 percent.

Copenhagen (CPH) – Scandinavian Mountains Airport (SCR)
Two return flights per week on Thursdays and Sundays.
First departure 29 December 2019.

Alborg (AAL) – Scandinavian Mountains Airport (SCR)    
One return flight per week on Sundays.
First departure 29 December 2019.
London, Heathrow (LHR) – Scandinavian Mountains Airport (SCR)
One return flight per week on Saturdays.
First departure 28 December 2019.

Sälen, Sweden
Scandinavian Mountains Airport is just 25 minutes from Sälen, the largest skiing area in Sweden, which is made up of four areas, Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen and Hundfjället, with over 100 slopes between them. Other entertainment is available for families as well as skiing, such as a water park, walking and shopping facilities. There are many different types of hotels and the area boasts over 50 restaurants.

SAS sets new records in July

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

During July, more than 2.8 million passengers traveled with SAS, which is a record number for July and a slight increase compared to the same month last year.  At the same time, SAS had a significant improvement in operational performance as well as a favorable development of yield.

SAS traffic had a positive development during July, during which scheduled capacity increased with over 2% and number of passengers increased by 0.2%. Regularity increased with 1.8 percentage points to 99.6% and punctuality increased by 4.4 percentage points to 72.4%. During the summer season, the demand for leisure travel is high and we shift our capacity toward leisure-oriented routes. Compared to last year demand has been high on domestic and European routes, while slightly lower on intercontinental traffic. Currency adjusted yield continues to develop favorably, increasing 1.5%.

“We are pleased that the number of passengers that chose to travel with SAS are at record level for the month of July. It shows that our strategy of shifting capacity toward leisure-oriented routes during the peak season is taking us in the right direction, and that we have a competitive customer offering. Since last year we have made several improvements to ensure a stable operational performance. Our efforts have paid off, resulting in significantly improved punctuality and regularity compared to last year. Also, the renewal of our fleet towards more fuel-efficient aircraft results in lower CO2 emissions, in July a new A330E was delivered and we were able to phase-out an older and less efficient A340 aircraft in our long-range fleet”, says Rickard Gustafson, CEO of SAS.

SAS announces its first Airbus A350-900 flights and features

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

From January 2020, travelers can look forward to exploring the world in the most fuel-efficient and comfortable long haul aircraft, the Airbus A350-900. The new aircraft is a key investment and part of the extensive renewal of the SAS fleet, tailored to reduce emissions, and in line with the Scandinavian outlook on travel.

SAS travelers can soon experience the world’s most modern and fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft.

On January 28, 2020, the first of eight new SAS Airbus A350 will officially enter into long-haul service between Copenhagen and Chicago, one of the most popular SAS routes. The A350 will be based at the SAS hub at Copenhagen Airport and will operate on seven routes during the first year, including Chicago, Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and San Francisco.

Image: Airbus

The aircraft is an entirely new type for SAS and it enables a more competitive future and more sustainable way of flying in terms of reduced emissions. On each flight, 300 travelers (40 SAS Business / 32 SAS Plus / 228 SAS Go) and SAS crew can look forward to an unmatched cabin environment created by a combination of the quietest twin-aisle cabin, optimized cabin altitude, more fresh air, and advanced control of temperature and humidity.

In addition, to further enhance the experience on board, the A350 will be equipped with unique SAS features, carefully developed from feedback given from travelers. SAS will announce these new features during 2019.

The market’s most advanced fleet

The A350 is a milestone in the extensive renewal of the SAS fleet which will consist of the market’s most advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft. The A350 lowers CO2 emissions by approximately 30% and reduces external noise footprint by up to 40% compared to previous generation aircraft. In total, as a part the modernization of the short and long-haul fleet, SAS will take delivery of new Airbus A320neo (80), Airbus A330 Enhanced (5), Airbus A350 (8), and Airbus A321LR (3) aircraft before the end of 2023. Combined with the upgrade of the cabin interiors, the SAS fleet is shaped for the future of traveling and a key enabler to achieve SAS’ ambitious, but tangible, target by 2030 to reduce total carbon emissions by at least 25%, an ambition exceeding the targets set by IATA.

SAS Airbus A350 The Airbus A350 is a new mid-size long-range aircraft composed by the world’s most modern technology and aerodynamic features.  The first SAS Airbus A350 will be named ‘SE-RSA Ingegerd Viking’. By end of 2019, the aircraft will be delivered from the Airbus factory in Toulouse.  Following delivery, it will fly training flights in Scandinavia during December and January to educate pilots and crew.

• Number of aircraft: 8
• Number of seats: 300 (40 SAS Business / 32 SAS Plus / 228 SAS Go)
• Max. takeoff weight: 268 metric tons
• Max. load: 50 tons
• Length: 66.9 m
• Wingspan: 64.8 m
• Cruising speed: 910kmph/570 mph
• Range: 13 800 km
• Fuel consumption: 0.028 liters/seat km
• Engine: RR Trent XWB

SAS to eliminate tax-free sales onboard to reduce weight

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

Every step on the way to sustainable travel is important. From this autumn, tax-free sales will therefore cease on SAS flights. This will reduce the overall weight of our aircraft, which in turn will save fuel and cut emissions.

SAS’s efforts to improve the sustainability of its operations are split into two areas and involve a series of initiatives in each area: improved fuel efficiency, alternative fuels and innovation, sustainable products and services. As part of these efforts, a number of changes will be introduced onboard SAS flights over the coming months in order to reduce the weight of our aircraft.

Photo: SAS.

Tax-free sales have long been a popular service onboard our flights amongst passengers who have used it, but our passengers’ buying behaviour has changed and sustainability has become more important than ever before – for both our passengers and SAS. Withdrawing tax-free sales will reduce the overall weight of the aircraft, which in turn will reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Instead, SAS will develop solutions to offer passengers more modern ways of buying and receiving goods in connection with their journey.

“SAS is aiming to cut emissions by at least 25 percent by 2030. Every step on the way to sustainable travel is important. Every initiative to reduce weight and thereby cut fuel consumption helps,” says Karl Sandlund of EVP Commercial.

Some of the sustainability initiatives currently being carried out by SAS:

• New, fuel-efficient aircraft with reduced emissions

• Weight reductions to existing aircraft to reduce fuel consumption

• Major initiative to improve access to high-quality biofuel

• Unique partnership with Airbus to develop electric and hybrid aircraft

SAS divests its shareholding in Air Greenland to the Government of Greenland

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

SAS has divested its 37.5% ownership in Air Greenland A/S to the Government of Greenland. The transaction is a result of several years of discussions and negotiations, ending an era of ownership which dates back over 50 years.

Under the agreement, which was closed today, the Government of Greenland will pay DKK277 million in cash for SAS’ 37.5% shareholding in the Greenland based airline group.

The transaction price is slightly above the book value, resulting in a marginal capital gain for SAS.

SAS would like to thank Air Greenland and its other shareholders – the Government of Greenland and the Danish State – for the good cooperation over the years and wish the airline all the best for the future.

Greenland’s national airline Grønlandsfly was founded in 1960. The company changed its name to Air Greenland in 2002 and has undergone rapid development during the last 50 years: From seaplanes to jet planes; and from helicopter services to scheduled services with fixed-wing aircraft. Then, as now, Air Greenland operates in Arctic airspace, which presents a unique range of challenges.

All above photos by Air Greenland.

Air Greenland Airbus A330-223 OY-GRN (msn 230) HAM (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 928525.

Above Copyright Photo: Air Greenland Airbus A330-223 OY-GRN (msn 230) HAM (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 928525.

Air Greenland aircraft slide show:


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SAS’ fiscal second quarter impacted by the pilot’s strike

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS issued this report on its fiscal second quarter:


The pilot strike at the end of the second quarter added to the challenges already faced by SAS from a competitive market, increasing jet fuel price and a weakening Swedish krona. In addition, we see decreased demand for domestic travel especially in Sweden. These factors highlight the importance of continued strong focus on improving our efficiency, flexibility and sustainability efforts.

The strike between April 26 and May 2, 2019 resulted in some 4,000 canceled flights affecting more than 370,000 passengers. I apologize to all of our customers affected by the traffic disruptions during this extraordinary event. The total impact on income before tax of the strike is estimated at MSEK 650, of which MSEK 430 relate to the last five days of the second quarter.

Earnings before tax came in at MSEK -1,216, a decrease of MSEK 728 compared to same quarter last year. The result was negatively impacted by the strike, increasing fuel price and a continued weakening of the Swedish krona. Excluding these effects, the result would have been comparable to the same quarter last year, which was one of the strongest second quarter in SAS’ modern history.

Even though the result is far from satisfying, we are encouraged by certain underlying trends. The investments we have made in our customer offering are paying off with higher revenue per passenger and an increase in ancillary revenues. Furthermore, we are maintaining our market share in a market characterized by increased competition and lower demand on Swedish domestic routes. We also continue to rank high in terms of punctuality and have noted increased interest in our premium offerings (Plus and Business). Our efforts are also reflected in enhanced customer satisfaction ratings across all our production platforms.

However, the combination of soft economic indicators, increasing jet fuel price and the weak Swedish krona outweigh the positive underlying momentum. Therefore, we need to increase the pace of transformation to adapt our company to the current market conditions and secure future profitability.


The new three-year collective bargaining agreements with the pilot unions in Denmark, Norway and Sweden give us the stability and time to continue our transformation efforts. In total, the net pilot cost across Scandinavia increases with approximately 5.4% over the three-year period and includes productivity improvements that to some extent mitigate increased compensation and other costs.

Although I would have preferred to avoid the disruption in our operations, I am pleased to see that proper planning, digital investments and engaged employees made a huge difference during the strike. We mobilized and trained a team of nearly 400 administrative colleagues that answered queries and helped our customers with rebooking.

As a result of the effective communication with our customers, we avoided a situation in which a large number of passengers would have showed up and gotten stranded at the airport. However, in order to help the customers who did arrive at the airport, we mobilized nearly 1,100 of our staff equipped with over 300 tablets to help customers. Walking the floors in the terminals and leveraging our newly launched disruption module, we were able handle large numbers of rebookings efficiently.


We are continuing to push for more sustainable air travel. As proof that we are moving in the right direction, SAS was recently ranked the most sustainable brand within aviation in Sweden for the 9thconsecutive year, according to Sustainable Brand Index. According to the same survey, SAS was also rated the most sustainable aviation brand in Denmark.

Looking ahead we strive to stimulate large scale biofuel production and engage in the development of the next generation aircraft. Both activities aim to significantly reduce the carbon footprint caused by aviation.

During the quarter, SAS together with Swedavia and the research institute RISE launched a common path towards increased production of biofuels. Current global production is insufficient. Therefore, it is essential that large scale production of biofuels is established for SAS to reach its goal of using biofuel equivalent to the total consumption of all domestic SAS flights by 2030.

SAS and Airbus recently signed a memorandum of understanding on a joint research partnership for future aircraft – partially or fully electrically powered. The purpose with the partnership is to increase know-how in terms of operations, infrastructure and challenges linked to the introduction of hybrid and electric aircraft in commercial traffic. This advances our ambitious sustainability work even further, and I am proud that Airbus has chosen SAS as its partner for this important project aiming for zero emission aircraft.

Until technology has evolved and large-scale biofuel production is in place, we continue our efforts within the technology available today to reduce our carbon emissions. This includes continued investments in new aircraft that combine efficiency gains with sustainability gains, thereby reducing the fuel consumption and emissions by 15-18 percent.

In order to address the CO2 emissions that we still cannot eliminate, we have introduced carbon offsetting for all our EuroBonus members in February this year. As of the end of this quarter, we had compensated for over 3.4 million journeys with SAS, representing 44% of passenger-related CO2 emissions.


Since our Q1 report, several developments have negatively impacted our earnings. These include the pilot strike, as well as an increased jet fuel price and continued depreciation of the Swedish krona against the US dollar and the euro.

Accordingly, it will be challenging to reach a positive result before tax and items affecting comparability, as stated in our previous outlook. See page 5 for further detail.

Our liquidity remains strong, but in the light of the challenges we are facing we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Instead, SAS will continue with its strong focus on strategy execution and transformation efforts to be prepared for the future.

Finally, I want to thank you for your interest in SAS and I look forward to welcome you onboard one of our daily 800 flights!

Stockholm May 28, 2019

Rickard Gustafson,
President and CEO


  • Revenue: MSEK 10,187 (9,916)
  • Income before tax (EBT): MSEK -1,216 (-488)
  • Income before tax and items affecting comparability: MSEK -1,211 (-309)
  • Net income for the period: MSEK -933 (-349)
  • Earnings per common share SEK -2.44 (-1.0)
  • Income before tax negatively affected by strike MSEK -430
  • In the light of the strike and the macro development, the outlook is revised as it will be challenging to reach a positive result before tax and items affecting comparability in fiscal year 2019


  • 2,700 flights cancelled and 270,000 passengers affected by the pilot strike
  • Convertible bond repaid at nominal value of MSEK 1,574
  • 44% of passenger-related CO2 emissions compensated during the quarter


  • Revenue: MSEK 19,721 (18,894)
  • Income before tax (EBT): MSEK -1,792 (-773)
  • Income before tax and items affecting comparability: MSEK -1,935 (-694)
  • Net income for the period: MSEK -1,402 (-598)
  • Earnings per common share: SEK -3.69 (-1.88)