SAS has signed a leasing agreement with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) under which the northern-European carrier will receive three Airbus A321LR aircraft.
The A321LR would be a new type of aircraft in SAS’ fleet, an aircraft capable of connecting their Scandinavian hubs with destinations from North-East America and other cities that are not suitable for widebodies because of demand.
The aircraft type Airbus A321LR is a narrow-body specially configured to fly longer distances than a standard A321neo.
The aircraft has sufficient range to reach Northeast US, one of the most important intercontinental markets for SAS.
The A321LR can also reach destinations from Scandinavia in Canada, the Middle East and India.
SAS current flies wide-body aircraft that seat up to 266 passengers on its intercontinental routes.
The A321LR is a smaller aircraft, which gives SAS the opportunity to fill the aircraft on new routes.
For example, these can be new destinations on smaller markets or existing destinations from smaller airports. SAS currently flies intercontinental services from the three Scandinavian capital cities.
The first aircraft will enter into service in the first half of 2020.