Thu, 24 Jan 2019

SAS to Lease Three Airbus A321LR

SAS has signed a leasing agreement with ALC for three Airbus A321LR.

The first aircraft will enter into service in the first half of 2020.

The aircraft type Airbus A321LR is a narrow-body specially configured to fly longer distances than a standard A321neo. The aircraft has sufficient range to reach Northeast US from Scandinavia, one of the most important intercontinental markets for SAS. The A321LR can also reach destinations in Canada, the Middle East and India from Scandinavia.

SAS Airbus A320 reg: OYKAW at London Heathrow in 2018. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

“This is an entirely new aircraft type for SAS that is incredibly well suited to the Scandinavian market and our travel patterns. We are looking forward to launching new routes and to evaluate the A321LR in production,” said Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, SAS.

SAS current flies wide-body aircraft that seat up to 266 passengers on its intercontinental routes. By using the A321LR, a smaller aircraft, SAS can be more flexible in the routes and seating capacity it operates. SAS currently flies intercontinental services from the three Scandinavian capital cities.

SAS is now in the process of deciding on the first routes and cabin configuration of the aircraft. The new routes will gradually be communicated from spring 2019. The first A321LR will enter into service in the first half of 2020.

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