Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is to launch a new low-fares airline in 2003 in a bid to counter new entrants in the Nordic region. Scandinavian Lite will initially operate to four European destinations from Copenhagen and seven from Stockholm from 30 March. Four Boeing 737-700/800s are expected to be transferred from the mainline fleet for the operation. The airline aims to serve an additional four destinations from both airports and launch services from Oslo by the middle of 2003. Services are planned to destinations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Turkey and Yugoslavia as well as to Scandinavia's major ethnic populations and to holiday destinations in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

Source: Flight International