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SAS’s first new long haul cabin set to enter service

January 20, 2015 09:00

SAS is updating its long haul fleet with a new design, new seats, new entertainment system and WiFi onboard. The first updated aircraft will enter service in mid February 2015 offering SAS customers a totally new travel experience on long haul flights. For a behind the scenes look at progress, please go to

SAS Airbus A330 Erik Viking is in the final phase of a comprehensive overhaul including an entirely new cabin. This was the starting point for SAS’s long haul fleet investment that includes the updating of seven existing aircraft and the arrival of new aircraft that will enter service from fall 2015. This updating work is ongoing, which means the majority of the aircraft will have the new cabin design by the end of 2015. Erik Viking will primarily fly between Copenhagen and USA in the start phase. The next updated aircraft is set to enter service in late March and will mainly fly between Stockholm/Oslo and USA.

“We are delighted to be about to unveil the new cabin to our customers. It will give SAS a big boost and our customers a totally new travel experience,” says Eivind Roald, Executive Vice President Commercial at SAS.

SAS launched its lifestyle magazine Scandinavian Traveler in fall 2014, in both an inflight and digital version. News about the new cabin and exclusive behind the scenes reports will be published regularly at until the first aircraft goes into service. Articles, images and videos on the new cabin will be published on a daily basis. As the first aircraft on Twitter, Erik Viking will also provide updates at

“Many of our customers have expressed a big interest in and high expectations of our new cabin and naturally, we wish to share the progress being made and how the work is being done. For example, we will report on the background to the new design and how every decision has been based on the needs and preferences of our frequent flyers,” explains Roald.

For more information on which planes have been updated and which are next in line, please go to From today, you can also view a video called “Expectations” in which several members of the project team talk about pre-launch expectations.

Notes to editors

Investment in long haul fleet
In June 2013, SAS announced that its entire long haul fleet would be renewed in the next few years. Certain aircraft in the current fleet would be upgraded and joined by new aircraft that would come into service from fall 2015. The changes are as follows:

– Cabin upgrade on seven Airbus A330/A340s
– Four new Airbus A330-300s to be delivered in 2015 and 2016
– Eight Airbus A350-900s to be delivered from 2018 onwards with an option on an additional six

About the new cabin
WiFi access available in all classes

Seat configuration: 2-4-2
Pitch: 31”/32”
On-demand entertainment system with 9” HD screens
One power outlet per pair of seats plus individual USB port

SAS Plus
Seat configuration: 2-3-2
Pitch: 38”
On-demand entertainment system with 12” HD screens
Individual power outlet and USB port

SAS Business
Seat configuration: 1-2-1
Direct access to aisle from all seats
Fully flat seats minimum 196 cm length
Massage seats
On-demand entertainment system with 15” HD screens
Individual power outlet and USB port

More details about the new cabin can be found at

For further information, please contact
SAS Press Office
Tel +46 8 797 29 44

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