September 13, 2012
SAS signs agreement to sell and phase out all MD-80 aircraft
SAS continues to renew its aircraft fleet and has signed an agreement to sell four MD-82/87 aircraft. The purchaser also has an option on a further 19 MD-82s and 10 spare engines from SAS. Assuming that the option is exercised, this will complete the phase-out of the SAS MD-80 aircraft fleet, which was one of the largest in the world in the mid-1990s, with over 70 aircraft in use. The first MD-80 aircraft in this sale was delivered on September 11th, 2012, and the remaining three aircraft will be delivered during Q4 2012. The aircraft and the engines covered by the option will be delivered, if the option is exercised, on a gradual basis from Q1 2013 to Q1 2015.