Scandinavian Airlines has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft, becoming the first airline in Scandinavia to operate the world’s most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft. The plane is the first of 30 on order by the carrier. SAS ordered the A320neo as part of its strategy to modernise its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft, reducing environmental impact such as emissions and aircraft noise.
Scandinavian Airlines has appointed Niko Ek to the role of regional general manager, Europe. EK is responsible for leading the UK team, based in London, and staff in Europe. Moving to his new role from head of sales operations in Sweden, he has worked at SAS since 2001, returning to the company following a short break in 2013.
Scandinavian Airlines has become the first European airline to receive the new 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight variant of the A330-300. The aircraft was delivered to SAS during a ceremony held at Airbus in Toulouse, France. SAS has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power its new A330-300.
Scandinavian Airlines’ first departure to Hong Kong took off today, offering good connections with the UK from Heathrow and Manchester. At the same time, SAS re-opened its lounge at Arlanda following extensive refurbishment, offering an enhanced transfer experience for UK customers.
Following a strategic partnership established in 2013 that saw SAS’ highly experienced revenue management experts join Amadeus, the airline has now completed its migration to Amadeus Altéa Revenue Management Suite. The migration lays the foundation for the most accurate and intelligent pricing of airline packages and offers.
London Stansted Airport has received a major boost with the announcement that Scandinavian flag carrier, SAS, will begin new flights to Gothenburg later this year. Scheduled to commence on October 26th, 2015, Scandinavia’s largest airline is returning to London’s third busiest airport after a 14 year absence.
SAS is launching several all-new routes for its winter schedule. Larger aircraft will also be deployed on its existing routes from Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo to London Heathrow. The Gothenburg-London route will also switch from Heathrow to Stansted Airport.
Travellers can now take a close look around SAS’s new long-haul cabin using Google Street View. SAS is the first airline in Europe to offer a virtual tour on board a long-haul aircraft, letting users experience what it is like to travel in SAS’s upgraded cabin. The new cabin interior that was launched in February.
SAS is opening ticket sales for its new direct flights between Stockholm and Hong Kong. The carrier will fly five times a week with good connections to and from Oslo and Copenhagen. SAS is the only airline that flies directly from Scandinavia to Hong Kong.
Amadeus has closed the gap of the “first and last mile” of the air journey, by announcing the launch of the Amadeus Taxi & Transfer solution in partnership with Cabforce, with Scandinavian Airlines as launch partner. Airlines can now integrate a hassle free “one-stop-shop” in their website, offering a wider range of additional products and services to their customers to increase bookings and revenues.
Scandinavian Airlines has today become the latest airline to operate from Heathrow Terminal 2, with 21 flights to Scandinavia departing on its first day. To mark SAS being one of the original airlines at T2 in 1955 and to celebrate the airline’s first day at the new terminal, passengers on the first SAS flight to depart the new terminal at 06:40 flew onboard a retro-painted Airbus A-319 aircraft to Copenhagen.