Complete overhaul of SAS fleet includes Airbus A320neo
The SAS Group has placed an order for 30 fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo aircraft with an option for an additional 11, with first delivery from the second half of 2016 and final delivery during 2019. Göran Jansson, the group‘s deputy president & CFO, commented: “Through this, we will operate with the market’s most efficient and environmental friendly short- and medium-distance aircraft as from 2016.”
From 2015, SAS’ short-and medium-distance aircraft will consist of two aircraft types: the Airbus A320 family at the base in Copenhagen and Boeing 737NG at the bases in Stockholm and Oslo. All of the MD80s in Copenhagen will be replaced by leased Airbus A320s, which in turn will be replaced from 2016 by the now 30 ordered Airbus A320neo. SAS Group expects to finance the aircraft through a combination of leasing and loans. All of the MD80s at the base in Stockholm will be replaced by leased Boeing 737NGs, completed during 2013. All of the Boeing 737 Classics at the base in Oslo will be replaced by Boeing 737NGs, to be completed by the end of 2014.
[pictured: Airbus A320neo]