SAS Selects Eight A350 XWBs and Four A330s

A330-300 SASScandinavian carrier SAS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for eight A350 XWBs and four A330s, as part of its strategy to modernise its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft.  The agreement was signed in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The new A350-900s and A330-300s will join the airline’s existing fleet of 30 Airbus aircraft.  Engine selection for the A330s will be announced by the airline at a later date.
Currently, SAS operates a fleet of 19 A320 Family aircraft, four A330s and seven A340s. The airline says its new wide-body aircraft will: “deliver operational efficiencies and cost savings due to the commonality across the fleet.”
Rickard Gustafson, SAS Group President & CEO commented: “The great technological improvements of this extensive fleet renewal plan give SAS a long haul 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. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board these fuel efficient aircraft with extremely comfortable and quiet cabins.”
The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is an all-new, mid-size long-range aircraft product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. The first A350 XWB made its maiden flight from Toulouse on June 14.
The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,200 orders, with around 900 aircraft flying with more than 100 operators worldwide.