Official information
Banner
Banner

Aviation: SAS buys new long-haul fleet

altScandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and European manufacturer Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the order of eight new A350-900 XWB and four A330-300 Enhanced.

SAS says the agreement marks the launch of SAS' long haul strategy of an extensive fleet renewal plan, options for more aircraft and a total upgrade of passenger cabins on existing fleet.

SAS recently launched a completely new service concept to create the most modern flight experience for our customers. The customer offer is backed by a comprehensive fleet renewal plan with 65 short haul aircraft already announced and initiated, now complemented with an extensive long haul fleet plan. Key deliverables within the strategy 4Excellence Next Generation have paved the way.

"I am very happy with today's announcement. Whilst continuing to deliver on our strategy and plan for a profitable SAS, we are succeeding in making fundamental changes that allows us to invest in our future as Scandinavia's leading airline - for the benefit of our customers, employees and shareholders," said Rickard Gustafson, SAS Group President & CEO.

With the announcement today, SAS says it initiates important measures to secure a modern and efficient long haul fleet with state of the art aircraft technology from Airbus.

The first A350-900 is due in 2018, and already in 2015, the fleet will be upgraded with the first couple of A330-300 Enhanced to replace A340 when the current leasing agreements expire. In the meantime, SAS will commence the cabin upgrade of seven aircraft in the existing fleet.

The A350 is a completely new aircraft type incorporating advanced aerodynamics, the latest materials and system technology available. It offers up to 30% lower fuel consumption per passenger seat and reduced noise by half compared to e.g. A340.

SAS will upgrade the passenger cabins on up to seven selected A330/A340.
· The upgrade will consists of new seats throughout the cabin including fully flat seats in Business Class, and throughout the entire cabin a new high definition full video on demand in-flight entertainment system.
· The Cabin upgrade is expected to be completed 2015.

(NRK/Press release)


Related Articles

Norway supports democracy in Turkey

- Norway supports the democratically elected government in Turkey and urges a rapid return to the democratic rule of order, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende...Read more...

Norway condemns terrorist attack in France

Foreign Minister Børge Brende says Norway condemns the terrorist attack in Nice this week in the strongest possible terms...Read more...

Norway condemns attack on Istanbul airport

Foreign Minister Børge Brende says Norway condemns the terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in the strongest possible terms...Read more...

Norwegian–US mine clearance initiative

Norway and the US are joining forces in a further initiative to support mine clearance, following a meeting between Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Oslo on Wednesday...Read more...

World's largest tropical forest conference in Oslo

On June 14th and 15th, 500 politicians, private sector companies, indigenous peoples representatives, researchers and civil society organizations from all over the world gather in Oslo to discuss how to stop the destruction of the world’s tropical forests. ..Read more...

Oil & Gas: Significant merger between Det norske and PB Norge

Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) has entered into an agreement with BP p.l.c. (BP) to merge with BP Norge AS (BP Norge) through a share purchase transaction, to create the leading independent offshore E&P company...Read more...

Norway provides educational funds for Syria and neighbours

Foreign Minister Børge Brende says Norway intends to allocate NOK 400 million for education in Syria and its neighbouring countries Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq for the period 2016–2018...Read more...

Oil&Gas: New licensing round

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has issued an offer of new production licences in the 23rd licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf. All ten production licences are located in the Barents Sea. ..Read more...

Happy birthday, Norway!

May 17th, is Norway's National Day. It is celebrated all across the nation, from the largest community to the smallest, with parades, bands, flags, national costumes, festival services and festivities with everyone taking part, marking the day in 1814, when Norway adopted its new Constitution...Read more...

Norway increases support to fight against ISIL

- The advance of ISIL affects Norway's security, says Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The Government has therefore decided to make a new military contribution to the international coalition’s operation against ISIL...Read more...

13 dead in tragic helicopter accident

The police has confirmed that the 13 people on board a helicopter on assignement for Statoil are feared dead.  The CHC helicopter crashed on Friday, en route from the Gullfaks B platform in the North Sea to Bergen on the West Coast of Norway. ..Read more...

Norway's Statoil enters the German offshore wind market

Norwegian energy provider Statoil has announced that it is entering the German offshore wind market, through a 50% acquisition of the Arkona offshore wind farm...Read more...

Norway provides earthquake relief in Ecuador

- The earthquake in Ecuador has severely affected over a million people. There is an urgent need to get aid to the affected areas, and Norway is providing NOK 15 million for this purpose, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.   ..Read more...

Norway steps up support for vulnerable groups in humanitarian crises

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, says Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in humanitarian crises...Read more...

Increased export of Norwegian Seafood

Norway exported seafood worth NOK 21.3 billion in Q1 2016, - an increase of 22 per cent or NOK 3.8 billion compared with Q1 2015...Read more...

62 Degrees North

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/612298Web_0074_hm_567x378_72.jpg

Sea Safari

Let the adrenalin flow during our exiting sea safari in an open rapid RIB boat. Discover Ålesund from the sea. Visit seal colonies and experience puffins and eagles at the See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/979953Web_Brosundet_lighthouse_room_49.jpg

Brosundet Lighthouse

Hotel Brosundet is small and intimate with only 47 rooms. The jewel in our treasury-box is Room 47. Only a few minutes walk from the hotel lies the old and See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/489969Web_DSC_4757.jpg

Storfjord Hotel

Storfjord Hotel is a secluded luxury hotel situated in Øvre Glomset, 30 km east of Ålesund, on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Ever since it opened See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/971299Web_Kajakk_Brosundet.jpg

Kayaking in Brosundet

A surprisingly large number of Norway’s most stunning natural attractions are concentrated around 62 degrees north latitude. Our company, 62˚Nord is a local company, with the intimate local knowledge necessary See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/739979Web_640__Somerruter_Foto_RasmusKongs__re.jpg

Summer Trip

Join a tour with a comfortable sightseeing boat to the wild and majestic Hjørundfjord, with stunning views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular! The meeting between the torn See details

Local News in Brief

Social Networking

Norges Rederiforbund
Eidsvoll 200 year
Statoil

.Partners

Bedin Front Right Top
NORGE.NO/DIFI