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SAS orders eight A350s and four A330s

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 26, 2013
SAS adds to growing A350 customer list. (Airbus)

Scandinavian carrier SAS has signed a memorandum of understanding for eight A350s and four A330s as part of its fleet modernisation strategy.

The new aircraft will augment the airline’s existing 30-strong Airbus fleet with new A350-900s and A330-300s. Currently, SAS operates a fleet of 19 A320-family aircraft, four A330s and seven A340s.

SAS, which has embarked on a widespread strategy to stem ongoing losses, will use the new aircraft to improve efficiency on longhaul operations and to retire its A340s.

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“The great technological improvements of this extensive fleet renewal plan give SAS a longhaul fleet that will be top of class in the industry. It will truly increase our competitiveness and strengthen our customer offering – both with regard to comfort, service and efficiency,” said Rickard Gustafson, SAS Group President & CEO.

SAS operates longhaul services from its Copenhagen and Stockholm bases to New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Bangkok, Beijing, Tokyo and Dubai.

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