Scandinavian Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Rickard Gustafson recently flew to San Francisco on SAS’ new Copenhagen-San Francisco service. The dual purpose of his trip: to promote the route and demonstrate the carrier’s determination to grow, even in challenging times.

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Deliveries of the 13 aircraft and 12 spare engines to Allegiant Air affiliate Sunrise Asset Management begin immediately and are scheduled to be completed in February 2013. Allegiant Air previously purchased 32 MD-80s from SAS Group in other deals.

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The SAS Group has placed an order for 30 Airbus A320neos an optioned an additional 11, with its first delivery scheduled for the second half of 2016 and delivery of the 30th aircraft during 2019.

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SAS has confirmed it will replace its remaining Boeing 737 Classics and McDonnell Douglas MD-80s with similar numbers of additional 737NGs and Airbus A320-family aircraft. These fleet decisions will preclude any SAS order for Bombardier CSeries jets in the short to medium term, an SAS spokeswoman confirms.

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