Stockholm - SAS launches the second stage of its fleet renewal plan. For the first time, the Scandinavian will rely on just one manufacturer.

We're talking to Airbus about another order for the A320neo,
SAS said in a statement today, on February 27 in Stockholm. The number of the aircraft to be ordered is around 50 aircraft.

SAS is gradually replacing its current 67 Boeing 737NG with the Airbus' best selling A320neo. Sixteen A320neo are already in service at SAS, and fourteen more will follow by the end of this year.

We will need about 50 more aircraft,
confirmed SAS. The goal is to establish a uniform fleet.

At the beginning of the current financial year, SAS was able to curb its operating loss from 69 million euros to 27 million euros. A daughter registered in Ireland, Scandinavian Airlines Ireland, should reduce costs further. To date, SAS operates four Airbus A320neo under Irish flag at the London Heathrow base.

SAS has also ordered eight Airbus A350-900 to renew the long-haul fleet. The first three A350-900 are expected to join the fleet in the 2019-2020 financial year, followed by another five in 2020-2021.

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