Scandinavian carrier SAS is continuing with its fleet restructuring by seeking to cut another pair of leased aircraft.

The airline, which is under US Chapter 11 protection, is looking for court permission to shed an Airbus A330-300 and an A321neo.

It has identified the A330 in court papers as MSN1660, a Rolls-Royce Trent-powered airframe, delivered in 2015.

The A320neo is MSN9173, delivered to SAS in 2020 and fitted with CFM International Leap-1A engines.

According to a court document filed on 9 January, the aircraft each have “above-market contractual rent” attached and are “no longer required” in the fleet.

“Requiring [SAS] to retain the excess aircraft would impose unnecessary costs on [its] estates with little to no corresponding benefit,” it states.

Rejection of the leases, it adds, constitutes a “proper exercise” of the company’s business judgement as it will reduce costs.

Both aircraft will be available for retrieval from 1 February, the document says. They are located at Copenhagen airport.

SAS A330-c-Anna Zvereva Creative Commons

Source: Anna Zvereva/Creative Commons

Pictured in SAS’s previous livery, this A330 is one of the aircraft the carrier aims to reject