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Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Mon May 14, 2012 12:48 pm

Just saw this on FlightRadar24:



Scandinavian Airlines flight SK7181, Boeing 737-800 LN-RRF, from Oslo to Camp Springs Andrews AFB, via Reykjavik.
Any idea of what kind of flight this is or who's on it??
 
Someone83
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Mon May 14, 2012 12:52 pm

Charter flight to Andrews AFB (SK7xxx are Charter flights)
 
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Mon May 14, 2012 12:54 pm

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 1):
Charter flight to Andrews AFB (SK7xxx are Charter flights)

Well, I know that the SAS charter flights are SK7xxx, I was just wondering what the 'occasion' was, as they don't have a lot of charter flights to North America...
 
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Mon May 14, 2012 12:55 pm

US Airforce Drill Team going home after a visit to Norway
 
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Mon May 14, 2012 3:51 pm

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 3):
US Airforce Drill Team going home after a visit to Norway

And they couldn't find a more suitable aircraft to cross the Atlantic? I'm also surprised SAS could spare an aircraft on the verge of the summer season.

Maybe time SAS looked at their fleet utilization.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Mon May 14, 2012 3:53 pm

Quoting babybus (Reply 4):
US Airforce Drill Team going home after a visit to Norway

And they couldn't find a more suitable aircraft to cross the Atlantic? I'm also surprised SAS could spare an aircraft on the verge of the summer season.

Maybe time SAS looked at their fleet utilization.

Well if it's just for bringing a drill team home, isn't the 737 suitable for the job?
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Mon May 14, 2012 4:26 pm

Quoting babybus (Reply 4):
I'm also surprised SAS could spare an aircraft on the verge of the summer season.

Maybe time SAS looked at their fleet utilization.

I believe that SAS have a contract with the Norwegian government to have a couple of aircraft available should they require emergency lift. Maybe they are using one of those?

Government charters also tend to be lucrative, so maybe worthwhile putting on one of their back-up aircraft, as the profit from that flight would offset the costs of a cancellation?
 
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Tue May 15, 2012 6:34 am

Quoting chuchoteur (Reply 6):
I believe that SAS have a contract with the Norwegian government to have a couple of aircraft available should they require emergency lift. Maybe they are using one of those?

This is not an emergency lift, and those aircraft that are "reserved" for that are 737-700 AFAIK
 
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Tue May 15, 2012 7:04 am

Quoting babybus (Reply 4):
And they couldn't find a more suitable aircraft to cross the Atlantic?

Miami Air has been flying Trans-Atlantic DOD charters for several years with their 737-800s.
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Tue May 15, 2012 10:25 am

It's not like militaries can decide to deboard and take another airline when they are put in a single aisle transatlantic plane without PTVs  
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Tue May 15, 2012 11:25 am

Quoting babybus (Reply 4):
I'm also surprised SAS could spare an aircraft on the verge of the summer season.

Maybe time SAS looked at their fleet utilization.

I don't think this is a big issue, as the summer season has not started in Scandinavia yet. Also SK has at least one spare AC at OSL at any given time, so SK just put that one into service and then sent LN-RRF to the US for two days.

I'm pretty sure SAS got paid handsomely for this flight.
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Tue May 15, 2012 11:37 am

More than the ordinary Norwegian domestic flights I guess. A number of domestic flights to BGO, SVG and TRD from OSL were cancelled yesterday. If it was due to this TATL flight or had other causes, I don't know.
 
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Tue May 15, 2012 12:18 pm

There was also an German Luftwaffe A310 as well as an Bulgarian (Government) A319 crossing the atlantic earlier today. From what I know the were refueling at KEF, too.
 
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RE: Scandinavian Airlines 737 Heading To North America

Wed May 16, 2012 5:57 am

You know everyone of those soldiers will take a 737 across the pond any day over riding on cargo seats in a C-17 or a C-5

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