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Exclusive: Join Me Onboard The Brand New SAS A350

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Today I got invited to SAS’s launch event of their first A350 at Oslo Gardemoen Airport, they are showcasing their first A350 aircraft before put it into service 28 January 2020, SAS is not going to phase out any of their A340 yet, but with every additional A350 they take delivery before 2023, will signal the departure of a A340, SAS currently holds 4 more A350-XWB production slots as an option; SAS is also phasing out 5 of their A330 Classic Model fleet with A330 enhanced version, in addition, 3 Airbus A321LR model will be delivered to allow flexibility on SAS long haul routes with big seasonality. All of SAS’s A350s 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.


“Although SAS won’t receive any Dreamliner in the near future, but every of their A350s got a cool ‘eyeliner’.” said by one SAS pilot.


Ingegerd Viking On Display
Ingegerd Viking On Display

As I was the last group to join the tour, the staff were already busy packing up the venue, so the check in process was rushed with no time for good old formalities. Since SAS technical base at Oslo airport does not have a big enough hangar for the A350, so the tour was happening in the nice weather of Scandinavia winter, which was a great excuse for my bad photography skills.


SAS A350 Seat Map
SAS A350 Seat Map
300 seats onboard (40 SAS Business / 32 SAS Plus / 228 SAS Go)

Practical Info Of SAS A350s:

Entrance View
Entrance View

RR Trent XWB engine
RR Trent XWB engine

  • The highest cabin ceiling in the industry,
  • A high definition tail camera,
  • 8 aircrafts ordered and waiting for delivery,
  • 300 seats onboard (40 SAS Business / 32 SAS Plus / 228 SAS Go),
  • 268 metric tons max. takeoff weight,
  • 50 tons max. load,
  • 66.9 m in length,
  • 64.8 m of wingspan,
  • 910 kmph/570 mph of cruising speed,
  • 13 800 km of range,
  • 0.028 liters/seat km fuel consumption,
  • RR Trent XWB engine.

Tail Camera Installed On SAS A350
Tail Camera Installed On SAS A350

SAS Business:

Business Class Main Cabin
Business Class Main Cabin

They have changed their business cabin signage with a completely new tone of orangish gold which is not consistent with SAS’s overall marketing colour palette; though it still looked good in terms of cabin soft mood setting.

Softer Sign of Business Cabin
Softer Sign of Business Cabin

  • 40 seats,
  • 1-2-1 layout,
  • Bed measurement of minimum 196cm,
  • In-flight entertainment screen 18,5” with higher resolution,
  • PC-power and high-power USB,
  • Separate control for backrest recline,
  • New bi-fold tray table including a personal device holder and more durable seat padding,
  • A durable threshold which gives a light foot massage,
  • A new welcoming area serves as a refreshment bar inflight;

Left Column of SAS Business Cabin
Left Column of SAS Business Cabin

Overall the business cabin seating haven’t change much except their new so-called light foot message feature with their floor threshold, which I personally think to include that in their press statement is more or less of a joke.

Business Seat Middle
Business Seat Middle

SAS’s choice of Thompson Vantage XL model seating is still excellent industry-wide, this might be one of the best business class seat in Europe, surely we’ve heart a lot about herringbone seating onboard many new aircrafts this few years, overall, you will get more personal space and flexibility on this forward-facing lay flat layout.

Business Seat Control Details
Business Seat Control Details

The new bi-fold tray works more smooth in terms of easiness to open and put back, the hardware parts really clicks on this seats.

Business Lay-flat Control Panel
Business Lay-flat Control Panel


I couldn’t really wrap my head around this when SAS first include this in their press statement:

‘The business class beds measure a minimum of 196cm, with some even longer, and SAS has installed a durable threshold that also can give a light foot massage.’

SAS WELCOMES THE FIRST A350 AND REVEALS UNIQUE FEATURES

Well, not until I saw this in person, they marketed as one of the unique SAS features where it will give you a light foot message, first of all, people have to be barefoot (or with a pair of socks) to actually being able to feel anything. Most people will be wearing shoes or turn their hard-earned-cash-paid business class seat into a bed, so 80% of the time onboard passengers won’t even think about manually scratching their feet on something as ineffective as this.

This can merely count as something unique, as this is a common knowledge among any industry to use bumps to add friction which improves steadiness.

So-called threshold that gives you so-called foot message
So-called threshold that gives you so-called foot message

Welcome Area & Business Cabin Bar:

The new welcome area also the business bar area are much bigger than their old ones, it certainly adds a little modern touch to their fleet while the crew doesn’t have to work on this area during the down time of flight, which gives passengers a more relaxing corner to get comfortable and maybe have some movement in the cabin.

Business Bar Area
Business Bar Area
Wine Storage & New Espresso Machine
Wine Cooler & Drinks Preparation Area

SAS been working hard on introducing new flavours onboard, this time, they will be serving this inclusive mock-tails which is pre-bottle to mix with liquor onboard, this will be served with a new row of fancy new glasses. I see this as a positive change, as it will add something signature to the SAS brand.

Special Mocktail Onboard SAS A350
Special Mock-tails Onboard SAS A350

Also come back better than ever is an espresso machine that (rumoured) to be actually working, I can’t wait to have some nicely crafted coffee while onboard A350 flights.

New Espresso Machine
New Espresso Machine

SAS Plus:

The new SAS plus cabin is now turned to a 2-4-2 layout which is in relation to A350’s wider-ness than their older A340s, however, this meant their will be less access for people sitting in the middle part with no direct aisle access. This is a new premium economy seating SAS has ordered for their A350, I am not sure if it would actually give more comfort than their current ones.

SAS Plus Last Row
SAS Plus Last Row

  • 32 seats,
  • 2-4-2 layout,
  • 13.3” high-resolution IFE screens,
  • Include a leg rest with a foot support feature,
  • PC-power and high-power USB,
  • A cabin divider,
  • Shared snack shop with SAS Go passengers;

SAS Plus Seat Detail
SAS Plus Seat Detail
SAS Plus Seat Control
SAS Plus Seat Control
SAS Plus Seat Back Pouch
SAS Plus Seat Back Pouch
SAS Plus Foot Support
SAS Plus Foot Support
SAS Plus IFE System
SAS Plus IFE System
SAS Plus Cabin Divider
SAS Plus Cabin Divider,
Indication Sign For SAS Plus Passengers To Use The Back Cabin Toilets

SAS Go:

SAS is following industry trends of adding more seats per row with a 3-3-3 configuration, they are able to squeeze more seats by removing the crew resting compartment on passenger level like the A340s, instead they will block some rows of overhead bins to make space for the crew resting compartment “upstairs”.

SAS Go Main Cabin
SAS Go Main Cabin
Refer To The Seat Map Above In 3-3-3 Configuration

  • 228 seats,
  • 3-3-3 layout,
  • 11.6” IFE screens with high resolution,
  • High-power USB,
  • A bi-fold meal table and a water bottle holder;

SAS Go Main Cabin First Row
SAS Go Main Cabin First Row
SAS Go Seat Tray Table
SAS Go Seat Tray Table
IFE System SAS Go
IFE System SAS Go

Another way for SAS to cut space for more seats is to have this new type of curved seat back table that cut into the seat ahead which saves them a decent amount of space cabin-wide.

Curved SAS Go Seat
Curved SAS Go Seat


We also got a chance to look inside their A350s cockpit, what a marvellous modern machine bird it is, I am certainly wowed-away by all of the details went into design the interface panel.

A350 Cockpit View
A350 Cockpit View
Cockpit A350 Control Panel
Cockpit A350 Control Panel

Not only has SAS add more seats in the human-cargo hold, so is the non-human-cargo AKA, the real cargo holding space, the new A350 will significantly increase their freighting capacity and no, people can’t come down to the cargo hold from the passenger level, so it’s not true.

Cargo Door SAS A350
Cargo Door SAS A350
SAS A350 Cargo Holder
SAS A350 Cargo Holder

More Pictures From The Tour:


Overall, It’s a great initiative for SAS to open its fleet to the public, though I can’t help but thinking how the program can be improved in many aspects, there’s a well-observed level of inconsistency in terms of airline staff capability, not just SAS, you can’t expect too much these days, but a man can always hope, one day one airline will get it right.

Until next time.

A350 Tail View
A350 Tail View
For the first time in 21 years, SAS has launched a brand new livery.

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. SKBIRDY

    December 12, 2019 at 2:31 am

    wow thanks for the detailed info, that satisfy a lot of my curiosities.

  2. AirbusDnA

    December 12, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Oh nice I’ve hear wonderful things about the A350

  3. POLSKI SK

    December 14, 2019 at 5:24 am

    wish they fly this on some intraeuropean routes

  4. Null Hygge

    December 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    SAS just need to improve their Danish flight attendants attitude first

  5. ZI Corona Time

    March 25, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Anyone wonder if they made a good decision on buying these new planes before corona (covid-19) came, hehehehehe

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Air France Continues Fleet Renewal Plan With 60 A220-300s & 38 A350-900s On Order

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A220-300 Air France

The Air France–KLM Group yesterday(17 December) has firmed up an order for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft as its continuous plan to modernise its single-aisle fleet. The aircraft are intended to be operated by Air France and the airline is scheduled to take delivery of its first A220 in September 2021. On December 11 Air France-KLM also approved an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900s, summing Air France’s order to 38. As part of a long-haul fleet simplification strategy to replace the early retired A380s, these airplanes’ arrival will also allow the company to accelerate the departure of its Airbus A340s during the first quarter of 2021.


“We are glad to see that Air France is endorsing the A220 as a great step towards fleet optimisation for large network carriers. The largest Airbus A220 order from a European carrier to date speaks volumes on Air France’s ambitious sustainability drive. The modern and fuel efficient Airbus A220 will contribute to lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions significantly compared to older generation aircraft, We thank Air France for the confidence placed in Airbus and for its investment in our latest technology aircraft.” 

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer

Air France’s Current Long-haul Fleet Consists Of 107 Aircraft:

  • 15 Airbus A330s,
  • 4 Airbus A340s,
  • 2 Airbus A350s,
  • 9 Airbus A380s,
  • 68 Boeing 777s, 
  • 9 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Air France’s Future Long-haul Fleet Plans Only 4 Families:

  • Airbus A330s,
  • Airbus A350s,
  • Boeing 787s,
  • Boeing 777s.

Air Canada A220-300 Takes Off
Air Canada A220-300 Takes Off

The A220, formerly Bombardier CS300, is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers significant fuel efficiency and wide body passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer 20% less fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft. The A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100-to-150-seat aircraft market, is an ideal aircraft model to be part of Air France-KLM fleet renewal and consolidation plan initiated by the recently appointed CEO Benjamin Smith.

Air France is planning to use the 60 Airbus A220-300s to replace its fleet of single-aisle A318s and A319s.


“Rationalising and modernising the fleet is central to our effort to regain our leading position in Europe, It will strengthen our performance from both an economic and operational standpoint, and will help us deliver on our ambitious sustainability agenda. Offering a 25% reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous-generation aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 is a jewel of European expertise and a passenger favorite. We are excited to see it become a core asset of the Air France fleet.”

Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM Group

Air France A350-900 Wing
Air France A350-900 Wing

The A350-900 marks a new phase in Air France’s fleet modernisation strategy. Within 5 years, more than half of the company’s fleet will be made up of new-generation aircraft, Air France took delivery of their first Airbus A350 named Toulouse in September this year with a brand new business class product, the airline will be replacing their older Airbus A340s with the A350-900s and potentially Boeing 777-200ERs and Airbus A330s in the coming years.

A350-900 Air France
A350-900 Air France

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KLM Signs 21 E195-E2 Confirmation Orders

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Embraer and the Netherlands KLM Cityhopper signed 21 E195-E2 confirmation orders and 14 purchase rights. The 21 confirmed order aircraft will be purchased and leased by Airbus Industrial Leasing business partner Aircastle and ICBC Leasing. At this year’s Paris Air Show, the agreement was announced in the form of 15 confirmation orders and 20 purchase rights letters of intent. If all purchase rights are converted to confirmation orders, the total value of the agreement will be $2.48 billion. It is confirmed that the 21 aircraft in the order will be leased from Aircastle and ICBC Leasing respectively, providing 11 and 10 E195-E2 aircraft to KLM.

Embraer & KLM at the 53rd International Paris Air Show

“KLM’s decision to add a further six aircraft to this order is a significant vote of confidence in our E2 programme”, said John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Delivering 30% lower emissions when compared to KLM’s current E190s, yet still providing a further 32 seats, the E195-E2 will simultaneously increase capacity for KLM at slot constrained Schiphol Airport, while also delivering huge reductions in emissions.”

John Slattery, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation

“For KLM this aircraft is a significant part of our commitment to improving our environmental impact. Not only is the E195-E2 the most fuel efficient lowest emission aircraft in its class, it is also the quietest by a considerable margin – a huge benefit for both our communities and our passengers.

Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

The economic and environmental performance of the aircraft makes the E195-E2 the ideal aircraft for growing KLM’s European business and supporting their hub-and-spoke operation, complementing the mainline fleet. This is why Embraer nicknamed the jet – The Profit Hunter. KLM Cityhopper started the process of replacing its fleet of venerable Fokker aircraft for E-Jets in 2008, in order to enhance the existing network and to permit the efficient development of new routes. KLM Cityhopper’s all Embraer fleet currently has 49 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe – 32 E190s and 17 E175s.

KLM will use a 132-seat layout for the E195-E2 aircraft. Delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2021.

E195-E2 Prototype
E195-E2 Prototype

Embraer is the world leader in the manufacture of aircraft below 150 seats. At present, more than 100 customers worldwide operate the ERJ series and E-jet series aircraft of the Embraer industry.

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