SAS Group seeks seven A320s

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SAS Group is in the market to add seven more Airbus A320s this year as the carrier continues to phase out its ageing Boeing narrowbody aircraft fleet.

The group tells Flightglobal that it is looking at second-hand aircraft during the next two months.

In March the group signed an agreement to lease three A320s.

SAS operates four A319s and eight A321s and has an order for 30 A320neo. It also has two ex-Spanair aircraft, built in 2000 in storage, that are being re-introduced into the fleet.

Within two years, all Boeing MD-80 and 737 Classic aircraft will be phased out and replaced with modern A320/737NG aircraft.

During the first half ended 30 June, SAS Group investments totalled SKr819 million, of which SKr392 million related to aircraft, other flight equipment and prepayments.

This included the purchase of four Boeing MD-87s and one Q300 that were previously under operational lease contracts. The group also sold five MD-87s and one Q400 aircraft during the six-month period.