Scandinavian Airlines Logo – SAS Scandinavian Airlines (formerly Scandinavian Airlines System ), short- SAS , a Scandinavian airline , based in Stockholm . It operates hubs at Copenhagen Kastrup , Oslo Gardermoen and Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and is a member of the airline alliance Star Alliance . 1946, joined the Danish Det Danske Luftfartselskab A / S , the Swedish Svensk Intercontinental Air Traffic AB and the Norwegian Det Norske Luftfartselskap together to form a strong airline.
SAS became one of the leading airlines in Europe , and today consists of two Danish and two Norwegian and three Swedish owned shares. On 15 November 1954 opened with SAS Douglas DC-6B, the first airline to fly the route from Europe to the West Coast of the United States stands with the North Pole . A plane flew on that day from Copenhagen on Soendre Strömfjord on Greenland and Winnipeg in Canada to Los Angeles , a second plane took off at the same time in Los Angeles in the opposite direction. 1956 SAS commissioned Arne Jacobsen to build a hotel with a clearance terminal in downtown Copenhagen. The SAS Royal Hotel was opened in 1960 and is considered a work of art Jacobsen. From 1959 the company began its first jet-powered aircraft (the Sud Aviation Caravelle ) and in 1960 the Douglas DC-8 on a long haul. In 1965 she introduced the first airline in a Europe-wide, electronic reservation system, concluding in 1969 with Turi Widerøe introduced the first female pilot in a Western airline. As of 1971, with the Boeing 747, the first widebody aircraft for SAS to use and since 1984, the Company operates a hydrofoil between Copenhagen and Malmo.
SAS is a founding member of Star Alliance , one of the most important strategic airline alliances . SAS Scandinavian Airlines is a subsidiary of SAS Group , which also shares in the hotel operator Rezidor (brand name then Radisson SAS ) held. Managing Director since 1 January 2007, the Swede Mats Jansson. SAS Scandinavian Airlines is also the founder of the frequent flyer program € bonus , the seven other airlines are connected. 1997 shares of the airline were Widerøe acquired, which has now been completely taken over by the SAS Group. 1998, the Finnish airline was Air Botnia acquired and renamed Blue1, 2001, the Norwegian Braathens purchased. Between 2003 and 2004, an attempt was made to establish the spin of the Snowflake a low cost.
The daughter of SAS Cargo does not operate freighters . It carries cargo in the holds of passenger aircraft, SAS . The Finnish subsidiary Blue1 is pursuing a low cost approach . On 8 September 2006 SAS took their first of four Airbus A319-100 , for this reason, this machine (ID OY-KBO ) with a retro paint provided. The end of January 2009, the majority of the Spanish airline Spanair for a symbolic price of one euro to a Catalan consortium sold. Last year Spanair had 4.9 billion Swedish crowns earned loss. That same month, a 47.2-percent share was airBaltic sells . SAS itself is considered a takeover candidate by the German Lufthansa .
On 3 February 2009 announced that SAS will reduce the number of employees by 40 percent, from 23,000 to 14,000. 5,600 employees left the company either through outsourcing or the sale of other parts of the business, such as Spanair . In fiscal 2008 the Company recorded a loss of 6.32 billion Swedish crowns (757 million U.S. dollars). In early August 2009, the balance of the second quarter, it was announced that sounds like a loss of more than SEK 1 billion to book. The Norwegian airline SAS Group named SAS Norge became the first October 2009 re-integrated into the main line. On 1 November 2009 SAS sold a 20 percent stake in the airline British Midland Airways to Lufthansa for a total price of EUR 38 million .
According to a report from April 2011 the Norwegian Government is preparing to sell its stake in SAS in the amount of 14.29 percent, because the property is no longer considered necessary. The end of January 2012 was known through media reports that SAS has to make because of the crisis in the former subsidiary Spanair depreciation totaling about 1.7 billion Swedish crowns (190 million euros). The company explained that the sum of the outstanding receivables, as well as guarantees of cost by adjusting the operation put together by Spanair. Impact on the current financial depreciation would hardly thanks to good preparation, the report said. The SAS Group in 2009 was largely separated from her commitment to Spanair, but is still involved with almost eleven percent of the Spanish company.