Entries in Scandinavian Airlines (4)

Monday
Jun272011

Airbus A320neo dominates commerce during the Paris Air Show

The recently completed 2011 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport (IATA: LBG; ICAO: LFPB) showed that the airline industry has much interest in a new model of aircraft being built by Airbus.  An environmentally friendlier version of the Toulouse-based aircraft maker's A320, the new variant shown off by Airbus at Le Bourget last week is identified by the Greek prefix meaning "new" tacked onto its name (albeit, the end of its name).

The London-based Guardian reported that Airbus did 57 billion USD (39.9 billion EUR; 35.4 billion GBP) in business during the biennial air show, at the general aviation field east of ParisAs reported here last week, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) placed an order for 30 of the A320neo.  But the Guardian reported that the Indian budget carrier IndiGo ordered a stunning 150 of the model (along with 30 ordinary A320s), and that the Malaysian budget carrier Air Asia topped even that, with an order for 200 of the A320neo.  A recap of the events at the world's largest air show, from Aviation International News, states that this latter transaction was "the largest single firm order in aviation history."

Other buyers of the A320neo in Paris last week were the American budget carrier JetBlue Airways, the Chilean airline LAN, the Indian budget carrier GoAir, and Republic Airways, an American holding company which owns six United States-based airlines.

The A320neo models will, according to Airbus, boast more efficient engines than what the ordinary A320 has.  The aircraft maker promises the A320neo will burn 15 percent less fuel than the A320 does.  If true, this means the A320neo will have an additional range (relative to the A320) of 950 kilometers (589 miles), all else equal.  Alternatively, it means the A320neo will be able to carry two metric tons (4,400 pounds) more payload, all else equal.

As it so happens, "neo" is an Airbus acronym for "new engine option."  The "neo" engines are being built by American engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and by CFM International.  The latter is a transnational joint venture between the American firm General Electric, and the French engine maker Snecma.  The A320neo is "due to enter operational use in October 2015," according to a video uploaded by Aviation Week, to YouTube.

related story

Scandinavian Airlines orders 30 of the Airbus A320neo (June 21, 2011)

original stories

Paris Air Show 2011 Report (Aviation International News)

Airbus 'overwhelmed' by sales success as A320neo proves a hit at Paris air show (The Guardian)

Airbus A320neo star of the Paris Air Show (Aerospace and Defence News)

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Scandinavian Airlines orders 30 of the Airbus A320neo

The Toulouse, France-based Airbus has sold 30 of its new A320neo model aircraft to Solna, Sweden-based Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).  These are scheduled for delivery to SAS during the second half of 2016.  SAS also has the option to order 11 more, for delivery during 2019.

Airbus explained in its press release on the SAS purchase, that "[the] A320neo incorporates more efficient engines...which will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings."  SAS also estimates that when the A320neo fully replaces the current fleet of A320s (of which SAS flies 12), its carbon emissions per available seat-kilometer will be reduced by 15 percent.

SAS noted that the value of this order is something in the neighborhood of 18 billion SEK (1.96 billion EUR, 2.83 billion USD, 2.67 billion AUD, 3.68 billion NZD, 226.96 billion JPY)

original stories

SAS orders 30 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft (Airbus)

SAS places an order with Airbus for 30 aircraft (SAS)

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Thursday
Nov252010

Scandinavia's SAS offers winter sale, launches codeshare

Until November 30, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is offering sales on certain routes from the United States to both Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.  Reservations can be made up to a year in advance.  But American citizens traveling to these destinations for a period of time measured in months rather than days should keep in mind certain rules in addition to holding a United States Passport that will be valid during the entire length of their stay.

The United States Department of State has outlined the rules applicable to Americans staying in each of these countries for which an SAS trans-Atlantic winter sale is valid, over an extended period of time.

Norway

Sweden

Denmark

Latvia

Poland

Planning ahead and booking earlier tends to allow air travelers to secure the lowest possible fares.

Also, SAS and Singapore Airlines will begin a codeshare agreement effective December 1.  Singapore Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (SQ) onto the SAS multiple times daily round-trip routes between Copenhagen, and the cities of Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki.  The flights that are part of the new codeshare involve Copenhagen Airport (IATA: CPH; ICAO: EKCH), Gardermoen Airport near Oslo (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM), Arlanda Airport near Stockholm (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA), and Vantaa Airport near Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK).

For its part, SAS will add its codeshare symbol (SK) to Singapore Airlines' twice-weekly round-trip routes between Copenhagen Airport and Changi International Airport (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore; and also to select flights between Changi International and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (IATA: BKK; ICAO: VTBS).

Founded as Scandinavian Airlines System in 1946, SAS is headquartered in a northern suburb of Stockholm called Solna.  It operates 142 aircraft to close to 100 destinations mostly within Europe.  SAS flies to three destinations in North America, and four in Asia.  Its main hubs are Copenhagen Airport, Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, and Oslo's Gardermoen Airport.

Founded as Malayan Airlines in 1947, Singapore Airlines is the national airline of the eponymous southeastern Asian island country off the eastern end of the Malay Peninsula.  It operates 110 aircraft, including the new Airbus A380, to 61 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Its main hub is Changi International, and its main offices are in the central business district of Singapore.  The carrier's majority owner is an investment house called Temasek Holdings.

original stories

SAS Winter Sale to Scandinavia & Eastern Europe (Yahoo News)

SAS and Singapore Airlines enter code-share agreement (SAS)

Singapore Airlines and SAS to codeshare (www.scandasia.com)

Thursday
May132010

Eyjafjallaj√∂kull damage report, and spectacular new video

In the wake of the largest weather-related air travel disruption in recent memory, the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, a number of major airlines in Europe have reported economic losses, compared to the levels of revenue they expected to earn in March and April this year.

Scandinavian-based airlines in particular report being hard-hit economically, relative to the earnings they were expecting for March and April.  Last week, low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle reported a loss, relative to expected earnings, of at least 100 million units of its currency, the krone.  (That is, at least 12.9 million EUR; at least 11 million GBP; and at least 16.25 million USD.)  It lamented on one hand, that more than 2,000 of its scheduled flights had to be cancelled.  But, on the other hand, the airline maintained an on-time performance ratio of 91 percent.  It is the fourth-largest low-cost carrier in Europe.

Another Scandinavian-based carrier, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), was not so lucky.  Expected earnings for Europe’s ninth-largest carrier were off at least 650 million SEK (67.8 million EUR; 57.8 million GBP; 85.4 million USD) including the entire month of April and the first week of May.  SAS added that it appeared bookings on its flights for May and June had also been decreased (compared to expected numbers) due to the ash cloud the settled over Europe last month, paralyzing air traffic.

Tuesday, Austria’s flag carrier Austrian Airlines announced a 5.2 percent decrease in number of passengers carried from April 2009 to April 2010, a slump it attributes to the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.  The carrier did not report actual earnings during April 2010 in contrast with expected earnings during that month, or the difference between those two figures.  Rather remarkably, a member of the airline’s executive board said Austrian is “still on course to achieve [its] goals,” presumably speaking about 2010 yearly goals.

The low-cost German carrier Air Berlin was forced to cancel “more than 3,500 flights” because of the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.  Online, Air Berlin expressed its economic loss last April relative to the previous April, in an unusual manner.  It is expressed in terms of revenue (in EUR cents) per available seat-kilometer, a measurement which cannot possibly mean much to most lay readers.  And unfortunately, we are still left with an unclear picture as to how effectively Air Berlin weathered the disruption.

Icelandair, the flag carrier of Iceland, has not, as of this post, reported on earnings for the month of April.  A general assessment from Icelandair of the economic effects of the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull no doubt seems premature, because it is expected there may yet be more major effects to come.

In contrast, one North American carrier, in its own assessment, received a shot in the arm from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.  Air Canada, in its April traffic report published online last week, said that inconvenience caused to its passengers was minimal.  The Canadian flag carrier possesses a plurality of the market share at St. John’s International Airport (IATA: YYT; ICAO: CYYT), North America’s easternmost airport.  Its operations there were only minimally affected.  The airport closed once, for a few hours late April 18 and early April 19 (UTC-2:30), due to concerns the ash cloud would reach North America.

Here is an article from Tuesday, along with spectacular new video probably taken from a propeller plane near Eyjafjallajökull during a recent eruption of the volcano.

 The last time Eyjafjallajökull erupted on a scale this large or larger was 1821-1822.  Historical records indicate the eruption lasted for fifteen months.

related stories

The spread of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull over time (May 4, 2010)

Norwegian Air Shuttle press release

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) press release

Austrian Airlines press release

Air Berlin press release

Air Canada press release

[This version corrects an earlier version that wrongly said that the earlier eruption lasted two years.]

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