Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Ingegerd Viking to takes off on first flight

The first of SAS eight Airbus A350s, Ingegerd Viking, has taken off on its inaugural flight, SK943, today from Copenhagen to Chicago. 

On each flight, a total of 300 travellers can look forward to a comfortable flight, including a cabin with new seat models and unique, customized SAS solutions. Showcasing innovative technologies and design, the new A350 offers a new and more sustainable way of travelling long haul, to and from Scandinavia.

The premiere flight will be celebrated at events in Copenhagen at Kastrup International Airport and in Chicago at O'Hare International Airport.

“The aircraft is one of our biggest investments, enabling us to provide an outstanding travel experience. We look forward to welcoming travellers onboard this state-of the-art aircraft. With this aircraft we reduce the fuel consumption compared with the aircraft it replaces, which means reduced carbon emissions by up to 30%,” says Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, SAS

It will be based at the SAS hub at Copenhagen Airport and will operate on seven routes during the first year, including Chicago, Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and San Francisco.

In total, as a part the modernization of the short and long-haul fleet, SAS will take delivery of new Airbus A320neo (80), Airbus A330 Enhanced (5), Airbus A350 (8), and Airbus A321LR (3) aircraft before the end of 2023.

SAS, Scandinavia's leading airline, flies over 30 million passengers to, from and within Scandinavia each year.  The airline has three main hubs – Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm – with 125 destinations in Europe, USA and Asia. Supported by its Scandinavian Cultural Heritage and sustainable values, SAS is striving it reduce its total carbon dioxide emissions by 25% and operate with biofuels corresponding to the total consumption of aviation fuel used in all SAS domestic flights, by the year 2030.  

In addition to flight operations, SAS offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services. SAS is a founder member of the Star Alliance™, and together with its partner airlines offers around 19,000 daily flights to over 1,300 destinations worldwide.

You can take an interactive walk around the new A350 here. 

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