Following a recent announcement to gradually replace its fleet, the SAS Group has placed an order for 30 Airbus A320neo planes.
Based on Airbus list prices and before any discounts, the value of the firm order is approximately £1.8 billion.
The deal also includes an option for an additional 11 Airbus A320neo, with first delivery from the second half of 2016 and final delivery during 2019.
“This aircraft order, on the coming model of Airbus A320, is a significant and important step in our renewal and harmonisation of the aircraft fleet,” said Lars Andersen, SAS director environment & CSR.
“Through this, we will operate with the market’s most efficient and environmental friendly short- and medium distance aircraft from 2016.”
SAS had earlier announced that the fleet will be harmonised.
As from 2015 SAS’ short-and medium distance aircraft will consist of two aircraft types: Airbus A320 family at the base in Copenhagen and Boeing 737NG at the bases in Stockholm and Oslo.
As part of the transition, all the MD80s in Copenhagen will be replaced by leased Airbus A320 and be completed by the end of 2014, which in turn will be replaced from 2016 by the 30 ordered Airbus A320neo.
Airbus A320 is very attractive in the market and the SAS Group expects to finance the aircraft through a combination of leasing and loans.
“Airbus salutes SAS’ decision to streamline its fleet with our eco-efficient A320neo aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer.
“As an evolution of the highly successful A320, and offering the latest in fuel saving technologies, the A320neo is a natural choice for SAS and it will fit seamlessly into its existing A320 family fleet.”