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.