On 25 June 2013, SAS and Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the order of 12 new long haul aircraft. On October 3, 2013, SAS and Airbus have signed the final agreement for the delivery of the long-haul dozen: four Airbus A330-300 Enhanced and eight A350-900, plus 6 options for A350-900.
The new Airbus A330-300 will be delivered 2015/16 and the Airbus A350 will be delivered from 2018. The list price of the order is estimated at 3.3 billion USD.
SAS pilots already fly four A330-300s plus seven A340-300s on long distances. The Swedish-Norwegian-Danish states company is slowly doing better financially as well. After years of struggling and a crisis change in organisation the company managed to make a profit last time. The restructuring meant the sale of the regional Norwegian daughter Widerøe, ground personnel and even the SAS maintenance facilities (which are now rented by SAS).
One of the more likely future scenarios for SAS is that it will be bought by German Lufthansa, once the SAS company has succeeded in maintaining order and profit.
© 2013 AIRheads’ Marcel Burger