SAS Group has ditched the Bombardier CSeries for its near-term fleet modernisation, but remains open to the Airbus A320neo as an option for replacing its Boeing MD-80s.
The Scandinavian company, which has undergone a broad operational restructuring, has been shedding its MD-80s and older Boeing 737s with a view to simplifying, by around 2016, the fleets stationed at Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
As part of this strategy it had considered the CSeries as an alternative to re-engined aircraft options from Airbus and Boeing.
It is also opting tentatively to acquire 17 737-700/800s from GECAS to replace another nine MD-80s and 11 older 737s at its Oslo and Stockholm bases.
This means the Bombardier CSeries is "not a possibility" under the current plan, says SAS Group investor relations head Sture Stølen. But he points out that the timing of the renewal does not rule out the A320neo as a possible option for part of the acquisition. "We're still open on that," he says.