The SAS group includes many airlines such as Scandinavian Airlines, Widerøes Flyveselskap, Air Baltic, Estonian Air, Greenlandair, and BMI British Midlands. Sweden, Norway, Denmark as well as other Scandinavian counties are served particularly well by this airline. There are also connections to the USA, Tokyo, and the rest of Europe. SAS was also one of the founding members of the airline alliance, Star Alliance.
- IATA code: SK
- Number of serviced cities: 90 destinations
- Main hub: Copenhagen Airport (CPH), Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL), Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN)
- Alliance: Star Alliance
- Fleet: 159 aircraft
- Loyalty rewards program: EuroBonus
History of SAS
In August of 1946, SAS was officially founded in efforts to regulate the intercontinental air traffic between Scandinavian countries. The first flights began operating the next month of that same year, in September. A couple of years later another airline joined the group, Aerotransport, which at that time was Sweden’s national airline. It was not until 1951 that the group formally called itself Scandinavian Airlines. In 1954 SAS was the first airline in the world to ever fly across the Arctic and North Pole, a transpolar route, from Copenhagen to Los Angeles with stops in Greenland and Canada. It was much faster than flying transatlantic. SAS also began operating flights to Asia, primarily Japan, over the Arctic as well since it was prohibited to fly over China and the Soviet Union did not allow Scandinavian Airlines to fly over Russia.
In 1957 SAS took their North Pole routes seriously, offering the first route that travels completely around the world from Copenhagen to Anchorage and on to Tokyo. In the early 1960s SAS joined the jet era and later in the 1970s began incorporating Boeing 747s into their fleet. Bit by bit SAS bought shares in smaller domestic airlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden to further secure control over the air space in Scandinavia. It also almost completely owns Spain’s second largest airline, Spanair. SAS was also one of the founding members of Star Alliance, now one of the leading global airline alliances. In 2004 the company formally divided into four equal sections to better service particular areas; however they all retain SAS in their name.
Travel with SAS: practical information
- Meals: For flights within Europe there are three different seating classes, each with their own meal service. In Economy there is a café menu with sandwiches and light snacks that can be purchases. Economy Extra and Business Class serve 3 course meals and drinks which is included in the price of the ticket.
- Entertainment: Each passenger has their own in-flight entertainment system that is programmed with a wide variety of films, music, family children and as well a yoga tutorial for postures that can easily be practiced while on-board. Passengers can also enjoy newspapers and an in-flight magazine.
- Cabin: 1 piece per passenger is permitted. It can weigh up to 8 kg and the maximum set size is 23 x 40 x 55 cm.
- Checked: All passengers (except those heading to the USA) are allowed 20 kg of luggage. For those heading to the USA, Mexico or South America 2 pieces are permitted, each with a weight of 23 kg.
- Excess: Each excess kilo is charged a fee depending on the destination. For domestic flights between Scandinavia and Finland the fee is €6/kg. Flights within Europe the fee is €11/kg and for travel between the USA/Canada/Mexico and Europe there is a charge of €100 per piece that exceeds 23 kg.
Discounts and Special Offers
On flights within Europe infants can travel free of charge with their parent while on international flights they are eligible for a 90% discount on the adult fare. All other SAS discounts and special offers are listed on liligo.com.