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SAS orders Airbus again, A330-300 to be introduced in 2019


Following an order of 50 Airbus A320neo aircraft announced on April 10, 2018, SAS is ordering more Airbus planes. This time, it’s A330-300, chosen to “further standardize” its long-haul fleet.

According to statement by Airbus, a new A330-300, equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines, is going to be introduced to the Scandinavian carrier’s network in the second quarter of 2019. SAS, however, is clarifying that the aircraft is expected in spring 2019 and is going to replace an Airbus A340 aircraft.

“We are thankful that SAS has selected the Airbus Family for the second time this week. This further commitment by SAS to the A330 demonstrates the unmatched operating economics and operational versatility of this aircraft,” said Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “We are delighted to be continuing our long-standing partnership with SAS.”

There are 16 Airbus A330/A340 is SAS’s long haul fleet. One of the A340s is held “mostly” as a reserve aircraft, the carrier clarifies.

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SAS is creating a single type fleet for the first time. The Scandinavian airline ordered 50 A320neo aircraft as it is phasing out old Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft, expecting the change to be completed by 2023.
 

 

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