SAS takes delivery of first A350

Scandinavian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the latest operator of the Airbus widebody.

Airbus confirmed the handover of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft, MSN358, which is registered SE-RSA.

The Scandinavian carrier has configured the A350, named ‘Ingegerd Viking’, with 300 seats including 40 in the business-class cabin and 32 in premium economy.

It plans to begin operating the aircraft on 28 January, initially on its Copenhagen-Chicago route, before expanding to other long-haul destinations in North America and Asia.

SAS currently operates a mix of Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its long-haul fleet. As part of its fleet renewal, the airline will take delivery of a further seven A350s, in addition to five A330s, three A321LRs, and 80 A320neo aircraft by the end of 2023.