So who does SAS belong to? Denmark, Norway, Sweden? Aren't each of these countries rich enough to own their own airline as opposed to a common carrier?
Answering my own question. SAS used to be owned by all the 3 listed countries. However, per Wikipedia, " On 27 June 2018, the Norwegian government announced that it had sold all its shares in SAS."
I still don't understand why Sweden and Denmark don't have their own airline. They are rich and, among other things culturally, even have their own language.
What's even bizarre is that "Norwegian" Air Lines is an "IRISH" low cost carrier, so technically, Norway, doesn't own any airline. Why????
SAS used to be three different airlines, one Norwegian, one Swedish and one Danish. They then merged back in 1946, only for longhaul flights while the shorthauls remained operated by the three national airlines for some time.
The idea was/is that one strong big airline was better than three small. It's not that much different from LH/OS/LX now who are all owned by the same. I seriously doubt that any state-owned individual airline from Denmark, Sweden or Norway would survive for long. There's to much competition.
However until a few years ago, SAS was actually three different airlines "SAS Denmark", "SAS Sweden" and "SAS Norway" all owned by SAS Group but still operating independently (sort of).
Types flown: A319, A320, A32N, A321, A332, A333, A343, AT43, AT75, AT76, B717, B732, B735, B736, B737, B738, B752, B753, CRJ9, DC10, DH4D, DHC3, E135, E145, E175, E190, E195, F100, MD11, MD81, MD82, MD87, RJ1H