Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has taken delivery of the first of eight Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with the launch jet set to enter commercial service on 28 January.
SAS’s A350-900 features a modern three-class cabin layout with 300 seats: 40 ‘SAS Business’ class, 32 ‘SAS Plus’ class and 228 ‘SAS Go’ class seats. The airline will start to operate the new aircraft on its Copenhagen-Chicago long-haul route, followed by other international destinations including North America and Asia, namely Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and San Francisco.
SAS designers and engineers have looked at all elements of the aircraft and designed an interior to match and enhance the high comfort level, while also minimising weight and thereby reducing carbon emissions. Several of SAS’ features are based on important feedback from customers.
The nine A350-900 order is part of SAS’s fleet modernisation program for its short- and long-haul fleet, which will also include delivery of new Airbus A320neo (80), Airbus A330 Enhanced (5), and Airbus A321LR (3) aircraft before the end of 2023.
40 seats featuring an in-flight entertainment screen 18.5” with higher resolution, PC-power and high-power USB, better articulation of the seat, separate control for backrest recline, a new bi-fold tray table including a personal device holder and more durable seat padding. The business class beds measure a minimum of 196cm, with some even longer, and SAS has installed a durable threshold that also can give a light foot massage.
SAS has developed a new welcoming area at the entrance door where travellers are greeted in a stylish area, featuring inlaid lights and other unique design features. During the flight, this area will serve as a refreshment bar for SAS Business travelers.
32 seats of a brand-new type to SAS. They include a leg rest with a foot support feature, 13.3” high-resolution IFE screens, PC-power and high-power USB and a cabin divider distinctly separating the cabin from the rest of the plane. Travellers in SAS Plus and SAS Go can enjoy a special snack shop designed to encourage passengers to take a walk to boost health onboard.
228 seats with 11.6” IFE screens with high resolution, high-power USB, a bi-fold meal table and a water bottle holder. The plane also features a “cross-aisle” passageway midway through SAS Go, for the benefit of passengers and crew.