MIAMI — Scandinavian Airlines has taken delivery of the first A320neo aircraft ordered, becoming the first airline in Scandinavia to operate the new Airbus narrowbody variant.
Back in 2011, the SAS Group placed an order for 30 Airbus A320neo with options for additional 11 aircraft, with deliveries set from 2016 to 2019. In 2013, the airline harmonized its short-and medium haul fleet with the retirement of its MD-80s, and relying only on two aircraft types: the Airbus A320 family based in Copenhagen, and the Boeing 737NG based in Stockholm and Oslo.
To date, Scandinavian Airlines has a fleet of 160 aircraft, including 25 A320 family aircraft, eight A330s and eight A340s. The carrier’s A320neo fleet will be configured in a single-class layout with 174 seats, featuring a new cabin interior, which in addition to extra leg room and new seats, a lighting mood system and individual USB outlets.
The interior design is in line with the new cabin offered on SAS long haul routes, introduced in 2015.
In addition to the Airbus A320 neo, the airline will invest approximately $52.5 million between 2017 and 2019 to upgrade 70 passenger cabins, including 12 Mbps Wi-Fi connectivity via a partnership with ViaSat.