Since our first report of the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) Cabin Refresh (News), we have been tracking the Star Alliance member’s progress on its long haul fleet.
Over the last eleven months, the airline headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden embarked on a journey to refresh four of its Airbus A330-300s and three Airbus A340-300s.
The existing A330-300s with the following names/tails:
- Erik Viking, LN-RKN
- Emund Viking, LN-RKH
- Eystein Viking, LN-RKM
- Sigrid Viking, LN-RKO
have been fully refreshed with all new cabins for Go (Economy), Plus (Premium Economy) and Business class.
The airline with almost 70 years of history ordered new Airbus aircrafts back in June 2013 as part of its fleet renewal program (4x A330-300 Enhanced and 8x A350 XWB).
The first two new A330-300 Enhanced (Find out more of the enhanced version of this aircraft here) aircrafts (Tore Viking LN-RKR and Frithiof Viking LN-RKS) were delivered in late Summer / early Fall with the new cabin design installed.
Both have been doing duties serving the new Stockholm (ARN) to Hong Kong (HKG) (September 2015) (SK963/SK964) and also the existing Stockholm (ARN) to Chicago (ORD) (SK945/SK946) routes.
SAS has the following three Airbus A340-300 aircrafts in the queue for the refresh:
- Adalstein Viking, OY-KBA
- Godfred Viking, LN-RKF
- Astrid Viking, OY-KBM
The first A340-300 (OY-KBA) has been refreshed (Fall 2015) and can be found likely on rotation between:
- Copenhagen (CPH) to San Francisco (SFO)
- Copenhagen (CPH) to Shanghai (PVG)
- Copenhagen (CPH) to Tokyo (NRT)
- Copenhagen (CPH) to Peking (PEK)
In 2016 – two more Airbus A330-300 Enhanced will join the fleet and will be used in rotation with the others to serve existing and new routes to Los Angeles and Miami (News – August 19, 2015).
In 2018 – the airline will receive the first of eight A350s. The first aircraft will be the 65th A350 with assembly scheduled for February 2016.
While not announced officially, we noted from production data that the first three A350 SAS ordered may be delivered as as -1000 variant. As such, it is likely to be the first European airline to have the distinction of operating this variant capable of carrying more than 350 passengers in a two class configuration while flying more than 7,900 nautical miles (~14,800 kilometers / 9,196 miles).
The airline has an option to purchase another six depending on its future needs.
SAS cabin refresh program has been making fast progress since inception early 2015. Over 70% of its current long haul flight has the new cabin. The last two Airbus A340-300 will likely to complete their refresh by Q2 2016.