The world’s most fuel-efficient and comfortable long-haul aircraft will take off in January 2020
Flying in comfortable cabins while producing 30 per cent less emissions will soon be possible for passengers on SAS flights. The Scandinavian airline has announced its plans to launch the operation of new Airbus A350 aircraft. The currently most fuel-efficient and comfortable long-haul plane in the world should kick off in January 2020.
The first of the eight new SAS Airbus A350 will officially enter into long-haul service between Copenhagen and Chicago. The airline will use its hub at Copenhagen Airport as the A350 base and will operate on seven routes during the first year. The routes will include Chicago, Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and San Francisco.
“We will shorten the distance from Scandinavia to cultures and important markets by serving worldwide destinations in an efficient and comfortable way. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this state-of-the-art aircraft,” says Karl Sandlund, SAS executive vice president commercial.
“Our new fleet is incredibly well suited to Scandinavian travel patterns and tailored to meet market demands. This new aircraft will strengthen our customer offering,” he says.
Apart from reducing CO2 emissions by 30 per cent, Airbus A350 also decreases external noise footprint by up to 40 per cent compared to previous generation aircraft. The implementation of the new planes should help the airline to meet its target to reduce total carbon emissions by at least 25 per cent overall by 2030.
In addition, SAS aims to further enhance the experience on board. The airline will equip the aircraft with unique SAS features, carefully developed from feedback given from travellers. SAS will announce these new features during 2019.
SAS invests in hybrid electric research
Implementing the new A350s to its fleet is not the only way how SAS aims to line its operation with the Scandinavian outlook on more sustainable travel.
In May, the carrier teamed up with Airbus to study the options of hybrid and electric aircraft development. The aim of their mutual study is to “address the entire aircraft operations ecosystem in order to better support the aviation industry’s transition to sustainable energy,” Airbus said in a statement.
In addition, the collaboration also includes a plan to involve a renewable energy supplier to ensure genuine zero CO2 emissions operations.