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SAS Fleet Scheduling

Mon Jun 17, 2002 9:34 pm

Does anybody know how SAS plans to use their fleet most effectivly? Within Europe they use MD-80/90's, 737's and A321's and crewwise it doesn't seem to be to easy to switch from a 736 to a larger MD-80 or the A321 if demand would rise on a single flight.
Does SK have an extra high amount of crews on stand-by or do they strictly stick to the schedule and also use an A321 even if a 736 would justify the demand?

Do they also send widebodies from CPH to ARN or do they go the "long way" for example CPH-ORD-ARN?

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RE: SAS Fleet Scheduling

Mon Jun 17, 2002 9:59 pm

This is my idea of it, I have no idea as to what SAS does:
The larger aircrafts are usually scheduled in the busy hours, that is in the morning and in the afternoon, where all the biz guys moves around Europe.

If a large group of people travels together, thus meaning that a larger aircraft has to be used, they will usually book well in advance, and so, the right aircraft an be assigned.

Also, the widebodies are used between ARN and CPH (and HEL for that matter), but mainly to train crew. When SAS first recieved their A340's, it would usually be scheduled on the shorter inter-nordic routes, thus allow the crew to have a large amount of cycles on their sheet.
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RE: SAS Fleet Scheduling

Tue Jun 18, 2002 1:50 am

Here's my view.


- 600s is used almost everywhere in the SAS network.
- 700s is rarely used outside Norway.
- 800s is rarely used outside Sweden.


- 81/82/83s is used like the 737-600 but as a bigger aircraft.
- 87s is mostly used on low-yield routes.
- 90s is used particularly on heavy routes CPH/ARN/OSL/GOT to LHR/FRA/AMS/CDG etc.

A321s - flies only on heavy routes like the MD-90 but as a bigger aircraft.

B767/A340s - on longhaul routes.

I'm sorry, but you have to ask someone inside SAS to have a more detailed look.

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RE: SAS Fleet Scheduling

Tue Jun 18, 2002 6:32 am

Thank you for your replies.

After all I hope that I will end up on a A321 and 737 when I fly ARN-CPH-ARN in July...

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RE: SAS Fleet Scheduling

Tue Jun 18, 2002 11:48 am

From what I can surmise from browsing current SAS short to medium haul schedules, aircraft type assigments seem to follow the pattern typically seen at other European airlines who have significant domestic networks as well as an extensive network covering other cities in Europe (AF, AZ, BA, IB, and LH come to mind in addition to SK). In general, it seems that the larger aircraft in the fleets of such airlines are concentrated on their domestic networks while the smaller types are typically assigned primarily to international services that tend, overall, to generate less traffic than their domestic routes.

At least some of the 737-800s of SAS were delivered in an all-coach seating configuration with domestic routes in mind. From their current timetable, it is evident that 737-600, MD80, MD87 and MD90 types remain the workhorses of SK's network to European points outside of Scandinavia while the 737-700/800 types (along with MD80s) serve many of the domestic services within the three countries represented by SAS while the A321s are especially found on CPH-ARN/OSL services.

There are, of course, exceptions to the rule. During a recent trip to the FRA Visitors Terrace I saw the following aircraft of SAS within a 4 hour time period: Dash 8 Q400, MD80, MD90, 737-800, and A321. The reason for such unusual variety may be the Star Alliance partnership between SK and LH which makes FRA a virtual second European/intercontinental hub for SAS.
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RE: SAS Fleet Scheduling

Tue Jun 18, 2002 11:54 am

I will be flying SAS (my first time) in early September from Dulles to CPH aboard a 767-300. Would have liked to fly the A340 from Newark, but the air fare from EWR was more expensive. Wish the A340 was used IAD-CPH.

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