SAS welcomes new aircraft for Asian routes

SAS becomes the first European airline to take delivery of this type of A330-300
SAS becomes the first European airline to take delivery of this type of A330-300

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has taken delivery of new aircraft that will be suitable for its long-haul routes to Asia.

The airline becomes the first European carrier to receive a new version of the Airbus A330-300 which offers an extended range and increased take-off weight. Aerodynamic upgrades allow the twin-aisle aircraft to fly up to 6,100 nautical miles (11,297km) while burning up to 2% less fuel.

Christopher Buckley, SAS’ executive vice president for Africa, Europe & Asia Pacific, said the new aircraft would be ideally suited to the airline’s Asian routes.

“This longer-range A330 will fit seamlessly into SAS’s current fleet alongside their current A330s, and will pave the way for their A350s in the future,” said Buckley. “The A330’s higher take-off weight allows the airline to fly new Asian routes, with an operational reliability of well over 99%.”

SAS currently operates a fleet of four A330-300s and eight A340s on its long-haul routes, and has outstanding orders for three more A330-300s and eight new A350-900s.

Earlier this month, SAS launched a new route connecting Stockholm with Hong Kong. This marked the airline’s fourth Asian route, following Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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