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SAS: What Is It Like?  
User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4117 times:

I have never heard much about SAS in these forums, or for that matter any where else. Could someone please tell me about SAS, if the service is good, and how the planes are? And Also, does it stand for Scandinavian Air Service or System?

Is SAS truly...Scandinavian?

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User currently offlineAirportplan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4070 times:

I flew SAS several times in the past month (FRA-CPH-ORD/ORD-CPH-CDG-CPH-ARN-ORD) both in Economy and in Business. They don't have first on their long haul flights. The long haul aircraft are brand new 330/340s. On my flights from CPH to ORD the aircraft was only on its second revenue flight. The seat pitch in economy is very tight but other than that the onboard service is efficient and the flight attends are very attentive. PTV's at every seat and cameras that point forward and down. Business class is great, power everything seats and a snack buffet that is open between meals. Their intra-European service is better than what you would find in the US. The aircraft are super clean and you will get some sort of food on all flight over an hour. Overall I would definitely recommend them.

User currently offlineMEA321 From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

The short-haul flights on SAS are very comfortable and the meals usually consist of a cold sandwich and some cake or cookie. The attendants are exceptionally good. They serve tea and coffee after meals.

The planes are also very good. The A321s are brand new. Only the Airbus fleet at Scandinavian have in-flight entertainment. Unfortunately that is limited to the long-haul aircraft and 8 A321s. The B737s and MD-80s are comfortable enough.



MEA321
User currently offlineMadViking From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

SAS stands for Scandinavian Airlines System or as my uncle would sometimes refer to it as "Scotch and Soda!"

Their call sign is "Scandinavian" but sometimes also referred to as "Scandi."


User currently offlineSpike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

Salmon! Always Salmon!  Smile

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

Warm apple pie.
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User currently offlineMEA321 From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

Spike

I see that acronym still hasn't left you! Its transcending through the different topics now!



MEA321
User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

SAS has in my opinion has some of the best F/A's in the airline industry. They always provide good service, and I am not saying this because Im from Denmark my self, but they are really good.
They also have some really nice Airbus 330 and 340's wich I always enjoy flying. But it makes med pretty sad to see SAS struggle for survival the way they do. So I really hope that they will recover. Go SAS!!!


User currently offlineSpike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3883 times:

It is exceptionaly funny imho!

User currently offlineSK901 From Denmark, joined Feb 2004, 113 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

I think that SAS is one of the best airlines in the industry. By my opinion they have the best F/A's in the industry. They are always kind, helpful, professional and provide the best service of all. Their new longhaul A/C the A330-313 and A340-313 are very nice and they have good I/E too, with many movies and games to choose from, it's really comfy to fly with. I have always had a good experience traveling with SAS. I hope that they will recover the downfall in the industry.

IT IS SCANDINAVIAN QUALITY AT ITS BEST. GO SAS!!!



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User currently offlineJox From Sweden, joined Jan 2003, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3670 times:
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I am biased, as SAS is my "home" airline, and I take in the order of 2 SAS flights per week. They usually do a good job, their service is quite good, and they are *very* good at taking care of their customers when there are delays or other problems. Also, they usually are among the airlines that have the highest punctuality. Apart from that their EuroBonus program have, several times, been appointed best award program. Due to the recent decline in the industry, and the competition from the LCCs, the domestic service has been "downsized", so the usual cold sandwich (with or without salmon  Smile ) are now gone.

I just wish they had "Channel 9" similar to UA on their planes, and at least music IFE on the domestic fleet.


User currently offlineSASlover From Denmark, joined Mar 2004, 350 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3589 times:

I like SAS very much that's why i called me "SASlover" the service is good and the flight's are also good to and their aircrafts. Like their A330 and A340, Their business class is very nice!!! I give SAS A+

[Edited 2004-03-09 21:50:32]


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User currently offlineTavve From Sweden, joined Sep 2003, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

Jox: Due to the recent decline in the industry, and the competition from the LCCs, the domestic service has been "downsized", so the usual cold sandwich (with or without salmon  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ) are now gone.

Oh noooo, I love that salmon. I really do.

SAS' service is great although I've never flown them intercontinental or payed for business class. The job will be done in a great way but personally I don't like MDs. MD-81, -82, -87 and -90 are boring aircrafts but in this case the operator is great. I'm lucky to usually fly on their 738s but unlucky to live in the wrong place to fly their 321s.



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User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

Today is also the judgement day for them. And Im excited to see the results. I saw earlier this morning that the norwegians have agreed to make a paycut and work more. But it looks worse with the danish employees as usual. If the danish wount agree on the new conditions to save the company I am a shamed to be danish!
But I have a strong feeling they wil figure something out, because are probably not interested either to be without a job because they are soo greedy.


User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

Salmon in swedish is LAX! Nothing todo with Los Angeles *lol*
I want my food with pickled heering with onions/blackpepper/potatoes and a couple of Absolut icecold schnapz!!! Mmmmmm........yummi  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
and thats only for starters!!!
Hejdå vänner

Michael//SE  Big thumbs up



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3348 times:

"I want my food with pickled heering with onions/blackpepper/potatoes and a couple of Absolut icecold schnapz!!! Mmmmmm........yummi"

Tjena Micke!

I totally agree with you!! There is nothing better than a good smörgåsbord with Schnaps!
That is really typical Scandinavian at its best!! Nothing beats scandinavian food!! hehe  Big thumbs up




User currently offlineNavigator From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

SAS has been a pioneer in many areas. They are one of the more experienced transatlantic airlines around and once they had a network to all parts of the world. Now they are concentrating on Europe, U.S.A. and the Far East.

SAS was working together with McDonnell Douglas in developing variants of the DC-8 and DC-9. They also were pioneers in putting the jet airliner Caravelle into service. In the eighties they won the Air Transport World award "airline of the year" for their excellent inflight service.

Still SAS is maintaining high standards in most areas. But as most major airlines in Europe they are struggling to compete with Low Cost Carriers in their homemarket. Hopefully they will emerge stronger than before with a better costume to be able to compete with a better price structure.

To sum up SAS is one of the most experienced quality carriers still around these days.



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User currently offlineSNBA319 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2003, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

SAS offer service which is consistent, efficient, clean and comfortable. I flew a couple cross-scandinavian flights and enjoyed it.

What they are also busy doing which is definitely worth mentioning is creating a consistency in their lounges. They are (or at least were) busy to make all lounge slook the same, and believe me these look really smart. Last one i saw was in Brussels; very confortable, lots of wood, all appliances and in this case good view.

Sorry to say, on a different note, that i honestly thought that when they changed their livery last time i thought the current one was just an interim version Embarrassment


User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

"SAS has been a pioneer in many areas. They are one of the more experienced transatlantic airlines around and once they had a network to all parts of the world. Now they are concentrating on Europe, U.S.A. and the Far East."

They were also the first commercial airline ever to fly over the Nortpole in 1959 when flying to Tokyo via Ancorage in the 1960's.



User currently offlineNavigator From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

I agree with you SNBA319,
Airlines tend to reflect their nationalities. SAS is thus very much a representative of Scandinavia. And as far as their service and lounges are concerned they are still top standard.

It is a bit strange though that some people in the US have never heard much about SAS, since SAS has been around very very long in the US market. They offer daily services to Newark, Chicago, Washington and Seattle. In the past they have been serving Toronto, Los Angeles and Montreal on a daily basis. They were also among the first airlines to put the Boeing 747 in service across the North Atlantic.

I still think most people both in the business and elsewhere know about SAS. It´s definitely worth noticing in the airline business.



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User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

And Winnipeg  Wink/being sarcastic

I agree with you too Navigator that it´s amazing that many americans never heard of SAS. They have been flying to the US for many years now. And I have heard some rumours about that they maybe will start flying to SFO as well. But it has been a while since I heard these rumours. But It would be great if they open that route out from CPH or ARN. It would be good if they flew out of OSL as well, but I think we can forget that now since CO has started flying from there to EWR.


User currently offlineSNBA319 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2003, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Navigator,

i was wondering about the following. I agree airlines tend to reflect, or at least can reflect nationalities. SAS and Air Botnia for instance appear well maintained, clean, sober and friendly. But to what extent do SAS and Finnair resemble each other?

I do not mean to compare nationalities, but are there similarities between those airlines? And the recent structural reorganisation within SAS, has that changed anything for the general service level?

txs


User currently offlineAdh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3164 times:

I flew SAS in business class last summer from ORD to CDG via ARN (east bound) and CPH (west bound). The trans Atlantic service was outstanding on the A330 and A340. They have the nicest lavs that I have ever seen on an airplane. Each lav has two windows (with a shade if you are modest) and the room is huge. You could easily fit three people in one.

Andrew


User currently offlineNavigator From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3156 times:

SNBA319,
The comparison between SAS and Finnair is very good indeed. I think Finnair resembles SAS in many ways (or perhaps the other way around). They are both quality carriers with similar service and operational standards. One thing that differs of course is that Finnair serves just one nation. That makes tensions less and flexibility higher. Finnair has also catered for a good finnish aviation system. In SAS case the cooperation between nations has perhaps led to underdeveloped nonstop services and hubs in Norway and Sweden. Traffic in the SAS system is concentrated to CPH which makes good sense in a system where you will be able too feed traffic from the other two nations as well without loosing any. It makes less sense the day competing airlines start bypassing the hub in CPH from both STO and OSL.

To sum up, I think Finnair gains from the flexibility of handling only one nations aviation system and public. In this sense SAS remains a compromise.

This said I think both SAS and Finnair are top quality airlines.



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