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SAS Starts A340 Retirement Plan With LN-RKP First Leaving Its Fleet



Among the eight Airbus A340 Scandinavian Airlines operates, the 22-year-old A340 registered under LN-RKP is the only long haul aircraft that no passenger wishes to fly with. This will come as good news as LN-RKP will be the first one to leave SAS’s Airbus A340 fleet.

According to Airliner Watch, The LN-RKP was built in 1997 and previously operated by the Chilean operator LAN from 2007 before it was delivered to SAS in 2013.

The LN-RKP will be taken out of service soon and will make its last flight to Tarbes in southwestern France, where it will be scrapped. Parts of the aircraft, including the engines will be sent back to SAS to be used as spare parts for remaining seven Airbus A340.

SAS took delivery of one more Airbus A330E on July 10. The aircraft was leased from the Dublin-based Irish lessor Jackson Square Aviation. The carrier had placed the order for one A330E last year in April to replace its 22-year-old A340, which mostly has functioned as a reserve aircraft.

The new Airbus A330E of the SAS registered SE-REH is currently under the certification process by the US regulator in the United States where it will be located.

SAS has eight A350-900 on order with Airbus. The Airbus A350 is a new mid-size long-range aircraft composed by the world’s most modern technology and aerodynamic features. 

The first SAS Airbus A350 will be named ‘SE-RSA Ingegerd Viking’. By end of 2019, the aircraft will be delivered from the Airbus factory in Toulouse.

SAS will then start the process of retiring more A340 from its fleet, although exactly how many of the eight A340-300 will be phased out by SAS is not clear yet. It is said that some will be retained, and the spare parts obtained from the scrapped planes will be used to fly them.

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SAS To Double Its Capacity In June, Operating 30 Aircrafts



Parked SAS Fleet
As more and more countries are easing travel restrictions, SAS, the flag carrier of 3 nordic countries which has cancelled nearly all flights since March, has released a statement in which it will join a growing number of its European counterparts to resume flights to several destinations from June onwards. These routes are primarily domestic flights within and between the Scandinavian countries, with flights to New York, Chicago and Amsterdam from Copenhagen are also set to resume. Scandinavian Airlines’ decision on resuming flights and adding existing service frequencies in all three countries means that SAS is set to double its capacity in June, increasing from having the equivalent of 15 aircraft in service to 30.

SAS has taken a number of measures to ensure your safety and well-being on board.
SAS has taken a number of measures to ensure your safety and well-being on board.

From Copenhagen, SAS is resuming international flights to Amsterdam, New York and Chicago.

SAS has already restored all of its domestic destinations in Norway, it will now add two more Norwegian destinations to Copenhagen from Bergen and Stavanger and one of its strategic oil route from Stavanger to Aberdeen.

In Sweden, SAS is adding four domestic destinations from Arlanda; Malmö, Ängelholm, Kalmar and Skellefteå. SAS is also resuming 2 international routes from Stockholm to Helsinki and Turku, in Finland.

Date of resumptionRoutes
From 1 JuneARN-SFTStockholm – Skellefteå
From 2 JuneCPH-AARCopenhagen – Aarhus
From 8 JuneCPH-AMSCopenhagen – Amsterdam
CPH-BGOCopenhagen –  Bergen
CPH-SVGCopenhagen – Stavanger
SVG-ABZStavanger – Aberdeen
ARN-HELStockholm – Helsinki
ARN-TKUStockholm – Turku
ARN-MMXStockholm – Malmö
ARN-KLRStockholm – Kalmar
From 10 JuneCPH-EWRCopenhagen – New York
CPH-ORDCopenhagen – Chicago
From 15 JuneARN-AGHStockholm – Ängelholm

Updates To SAS Traffic Operation, June 2020


As previously communicated, SAS is now gradually resuming traffic on a number of routes during the month of June, which means that SAS is increasing capacity from 15 to 30 aircraft. SAS now presents the routes that will be resumed in the latter part of June.

Many of the new routes resumed in the latter half of June will be flown from Copenhagen. From Copenhagen, SAS opens 16 new routes to countries such as Germany, Belgium, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Lithuania, Spain, France, Greece and Croatia.

At the end of June, SAS resumes traffic from Stockholm to a number of Mediterranean destinations: Palma in Spain, Nice in France and Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece.

In Norway, SAS is increasing its frequencies on domestic routes, with SAS operating in all destinations in June. SAS also resumes a single foreign route from Norway to Split in Croatia.

New routes from 15/6:• CPH-Brussels (daily except Saturdays)

• CPH-Düsseldorf (daily except Saturdays)

• CPH Faroe Islands (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)

• CPH-Hamburg (daily except Saturdays)

• CPH-Milan (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

• CPH-Munich (daily except Saturdays)

• CPH-Palanga (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

• CPH-Reykjavik (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

• CPH-Stuttgart (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)

• CPH-Trondheim (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

• CPH-Vilnius (daily except Saturdays)

• ARN-Athens – from 6/6 (Saturday)

• ARN-Palma de Mallorca (Saturday)
New routes from 20/6:• CPH-Athens (Monday, Saturday)

• CPH-Frankfurt (daily except Saturdays)

• CPH-Malaga (Saturday)

• CPH-Nice (Saturday)

• CPH-Split (Wednesday, Saturday)

• OSL-Split (Saturday)

• ARN-Nice (Saturday)

• ARN-Thessaloniki (Saturday)


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Aegean Airlines Gradually Resumes Flights With Limited International Frequencies



Aegean Airlines A320 Fleet
Greece has entered the third phase of “unlocking” this week, and domestic and international flights have gradually returned. Aegean Airlines issued a statement on May 18, announcing a series of measures and flexible ticketing policies. Aegean Airlines’ president said in an interview that the company suffered serious losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year may be the worst year in the company’s history. At present, Aegean Airlines has resumed flights between the main mainland and Crete, and other islands will resume flights in the next few weeks. In terms of international flights, Aegean Airlines will first resume round-trip flights between Athens and Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich, and increased frequencies for their only non-suspended route to Brussels.

Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines A320

AEGEAN, a Star Alliance member airline, has been maintaining all domestic destinations with limited frequency flight service since 26 March, in an effort to facilitate minimum essential for the island’s needs and a small number of weekly flights from Athens to Brussels in order to maintain the country’s connectivity with the EU’s administrative centre.

Aegean Airlines also operated numerous humanitarian cargo flights for medical and pharmaceutical supplies transportation from China to Greece and Cyprus, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, the airline has operated repatriation flights from various international destinations. 

AEGEAN gradually adds frequencies on domestic network

Following the gradual ease of travel restrictions within Greece and entry regulations to other European countries gradually to be announced, AEGEAN will be enhancing connectivity in its domestic network.

As of May 18th, AEGEAN will be gradually increasing capacity to Heraklion, Chania, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis, while additional frequencies will be added to Rhodes, Corfu, Mytilene, Chios, Samos and other domestic destinations, as of May 25th.   

AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations

By the end of May, AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations to some major European destinations. In particular, AEGEAN plans to restart operations from its Athens hub to Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt and Geneva, initially within a limited frequency. At the same time, more flights will be operated to Brussels, which is the only international destination that hasn’t been suspended. 

AEGEAN is willing to gradually restore its network with extreme cautiousness, as stated in the airline’s press statement. While fully respecting the tremendous national effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak within the country, Aegean Airlines’ utmost priority is still to assist authorities in developing relevant health protocols for both passengers and crews.

AEGEAN has already enhanced the increased precautionary measures while boarding and during a flight in preparation for the resumption of flight services, including the mandatory use of a mask during flight, alongside the aircraft cleaning and disinfection processes, and is in close cooperation with the relevant authorities in order to implement additional safety measures with respect to social distancing and sanitation, upon official announcements.

An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020.
An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020. Image Rights: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Board Chairman of Aegean Airlines Eftychios Vassilakis told Reuters during an interview stated that Aegean Airlines “burns” 40 million euros every month, and the fixed expenses only cost 25 million euros per month. “The company” burns money “in order to continue flying. Vasilakis said that during the crisis, the Greek government provided financial support to Aegean Airlines. As “You cannot afford to be one of the very few airlines in Europe that have not been helped.” But he did not specify the form and details of the funding.

By the end of the year, AEGEAN will be operating its whole fleet with 65 planes, including the first 6 Airbus A320/321neo aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleet in Europe. Vasilyakis also said that Aegean will be resuming 25% before July and 50% before September, under a best-case scenario,

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