Quality and safety

SAS’s safety work has top priority and is part of the company’s DNA. SAS continuously monitors and measures daily risk levels.

Flight safety has improved within the industry over many years and statistically is very high. Safety efforts have traditionally been based on dilligent investigation and analysis of incidents and accidents to ensure these events are not repeated. The efforts have resulted in the industry attaining these high safety levels through implementing lessons learned in regulations, standards and operating procedures.

Modern safety management systems build on these foundations, and active  efforts to measure safety and analyze trends to identify safety issues before they arise in the form of an incident or accident.

Wet lease operators for SAS must be IOSA certified and hold a European traffic license. To ensure safety levels correspond to those levels for SAS’s own airline operations, SAS has set the following requirements:

  • Prior to contract, the, the operator’s safety efforts are analyzed by the SAS Compliance Monitoring Department;
  • Monthly safety summaries and continuous deviation reports are sent regularly to the SAS Safety Office;
  • Safety follow-up meetings are held quarterly;
  • SAS training pilots conduct inspection flights; and
  • Annual audits are carried out by the SAS Compliance Monitoring Department.

SAS was recertified by IOSA in 2016. SAS only initiates code-share collaboration with other airlines that have IOSA certification or that have submitted to a comparable audit.