SAS delays A350 delivery to cut costs

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has confirmed it will defer delivery of its first A350-900s by as much as a year due to cost-cutting measures. The carrier aims to save USD164 million by the year 2019.

A render of a SAS A350-900. Copyright: Airbus

SAS had originally planned to add the aircraft to their fleet from 2018 onward, but the new Financial Year report has pushed that date back to November 2019 – October 2020. During that time, three A350s will be delivered followed by five more during the 2020/21 Financial Year (November 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021).

In addition to these eight A350s it has on order, SAS also has options for a further six but the carrier is yet to choose this option. SAS will use the A350s to eventually renew its widebody fleet, currently consisting of eight A330-300s and eight A340-300s.

As well as the delayed deliveries, SAS Group also has plans to cut 1,000 administrative jobs in preparation for rising fuel prices and increased competition.

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