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.
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.