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User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1527 posts, RR: 9
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

I read that SAS 343 SE-REA (delivered 20.07.2001) and SE-REB (delivered 26.09.2001) changed their reg. number into LN-RKF and LN-RKG.

Does anybody know why SAS decided to change her 340 registration numbers just a few months after delivery?

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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6174 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

As it has been mentioned a couple of times, Norway and Denmark (unlike sweden) is members of NATO, and a charter within NATO requires all member countries to provide airlifts in case of a war. SAS will of course provide a large percentage of the Denmark and Norways aircrafts, but since an aircraft can't be used if it's registrered in a non-NATO country, some of the Swedish-registred aircrafts have been re-registred in Denmark and Norway.

Another issue could also be the taxes, which have changed recently. Apparently aircraft-taxes should be cheaper in Norway now.

User currently offlineTransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

I'm sure taxes are the #1 reason, otherwise I'd be suprised if NATO could demand registration to be changed for more the the 4/7th part of SAS that is owned by a NATO country.

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

From what I have heard from a SAS employee, the taxes are the reason, but also they have different classes based on pollusion, noise and so on. At first it would be best to register the aircrafts in Sweden, but then Norway changed their rules and it became cheaper to have them in Norway. That's why they change the reg.


Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1911 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

Actually it is mainly because the leasing companies demand the aircrafts to be on Norwegian registry. This is because in case of an SAS collapse, it is easier to reposess the aircrafts if they are registred in Norway ..

- I am LN-MOW, and I approve this message.
User currently offlineTransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

But SAS new Airbuses are not leased, they are bought by SAS, according to what I have heard.

User currently offlineDynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1875 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 999 times:

There is something called leasing finance. An airline can order the planes directly from the manufacturer, and finance it through a leasing company. Many airlines do that. For example, Finnair has just sold three A320s to SALE/Bollioune and lease them back.

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