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SAS Group
Nasdaq StockholmSAS0SAS DKK
Founded1946, merger of ABA (1924), DDL (1918), and DNL (1927)
HeadquartersSAS Frösundavik Office Building
Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
Area served
Key people
Fritz Schur (Chairman)
Rickard Gustafson (CEO)
ServicesAirline services
RevenueIncrease SEK 39.650 billion (2015)[1]
Increase SEK 1.417 billion (2015)[1]
Increase SEK 956 million (2015)[1]
Increase SEK 30.266 billion (2015)[1]
Increase SEK 6.339 billion (2015)[1]
Number of employees
11,288 (2015)
SubsidiariesAviation Services: SAS Business Opportunities; SAS Cargo Group; SAS Technical Services; SAS Ground Handling

SAS AB (Scandinavian Airlines System Aktiebolag)[2] (OSE: SAS+NOK, Nasdaq StockholmSAS, SAS DKK), trading as SAS Group, is an airline holding company headquartered in the SAS Frösundavik Office Building in Solna Municipality, Sweden. It is the owner of the airlines Scandinavian Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines Ireland. SAS once owned 19.9% of the now defunct Spanish airline Spanair as well as shares in Estonian Air and Skyways Express. SAS Group is partially owned by the governments of Sweden and Denmark with a 14.82% and 14.24% holding, respectively. The remaining 70.92% is held by private shareholders, of which Foundation Asset Management owns 6.50%.[3] The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, the Stockholm Stock Exchange, and the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

The conglomerate was founded in 1951 as a merger between the three Scandinavian flag carriers Aerotransport (ABA--Sweden), Det Danske Luftfartselskab (DDL--Denmark), and Det Norske Luftfartselskap (DNL--Norway), after the three had been cooperating on international routes since 1946. Until 2001, the three national companies owned a fixed share of the SAS Group, after which the shares of the three companies were merged. The SAS Group previously owned the Rezidor Hotel Group and Braathens and had a minority interest in bmi, airBaltic, Texas Air, Thai Airways International, and LAN Airlines. SAS was a founder of the Amadeus Computerised Reservation System and the Star Alliance, where several of the group's airlines are members. SAS runs the frequent flyer program EuroBonus.


The airline was founded on 1 August 1946 when Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S, AB Aerotransport, and Det Norske Luftfartselskap AS (the flag carriers of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) formed a partnership to handle intercontinental traffic to Scandinavia. Operations started on 17 September 1946. The companies then started coordination of European operations in 1948 and finally merged to form the current SAS Consortium in 1951. When established the airline was divided between SAS Danmark (28.6%), SAS Norge (28.6%), and SAS Sweden (42.8%), all owned 50% by private investors and 50% by their respective governments. SAS gradually acquired control of the domestic markets in all three countries by acquiring full or partial control of several local airlines. In May 1997 SAS formed the global Star Alliance network with Air Canada, Lufthansa, Thai Airways International, and United Airlines.

Radisson hotel in Oslo no longer managed by SAS as of 2009. (This picture was taken in May 2005.)
SAS Group Milestones
  • 1918 Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S (DDL), SAS' Danish parent company, is founded
  • 1920 DDL is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange
  • 1924 AB Aerotransport (ABA), SAS' Swedish parent company, is founded
  • 1927 Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S (DNL), SAS' Norwegian parent company, is founded
  • 1946 SAS is formed from Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S (DDL), Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S (DNL), and Svensk Interkontinental Lufttrafik AB (SILA). The first intercontinental flight is from Stockholm to New York.
  • 1951 DDL, DNL, and ABA form the present SAS Consortium.
  • 1954 SAS is the world's first airline to fly the Copenhagen - Los Angeles polar route in regular scheduled service.
  • 1955 SILA (which owns 50% of ABA) is quoted on the "Stockbrokers' List" in Sweden.
  • 1957 SAS is the first airline to offer "round the world service over the North Pole" from Copenhagen to Tokyo via Anchorage.
  • 1959 SAS enters the jet age. The first jet aircraft, the Caravelle, is introduced in service.
  • 1960 SAS opens its first hotel, the SAS Royal Hotel Copenhagen. SAS helps set up Thai Airways International, taking a 30% share in the joint venture.
  • 1965 SAS is the first airline to introduce an electronic reservation system.
  • 1967 DNL is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • 1971 SAS puts its first Boeing 747 jumbo jet into service.
  • 1977 SAS sells its remaining stakes in Thai Airways.
  • 1980 SAS opens its first hotel outside of Scandinavia, the SAS Kuwait Hotel. SILA is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
  • 1981 SAS EuroClass is introduced on all European routes.
  • 1982 SAS is named the most punctual airline in Europe for the first time.
  • 1984 SAS receives the Air Transport World's distinction "Airline of the Year" for 1983.
  • 1986 Spanair is founded.
  • 1987 SAS cofounds the Amadeus Computerised Reservation System (also known as GDS).
  • 1989 SAS International Hotels owns 40% of Intercontinental Hotels Group. This stake is sold in 1992.
  • 1994 SAS begins to refocus on airline operations in the SAS Group - selling a number of subsidiaries, along with the franchise of Diners Club Nordic.
  • 1996 SAS celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 1. SAS parent company changes its name to SAS Danmark A/S, SAS Norge ASA, and SAS Sverige AB.
  • 1997 SAS is one of the founding members of Star Alliance.
  • 1998 Air Botnia (Blue1) becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the SAS Group.
  • 1999 The SAS Group becomes a majority owner of Widerøe.
  • 2001 A single SAS share is established. On July 6, SAS is listed on the stock exchanges in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo. Braathens is acquired by the SAS Group in December.
  • 2002 Rezidor SAS Hospitality signs a master franchise agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide; the agreement comes to an end in 2009.
  • 2003 SAS acquires 49% of the shares in Estonian Air.
  • 2004 Scandinavian Airlines Sverige, SAS Braathens, and Scandinavian Airlines Danmark are incorporated.
  • 2006 SAS sells its remaining shares in the Rezidor Hotel Group chain.
  • 2007 CEO and President Mats Jansson is inaugurated; SAS sells the SAS Flight Academy.
  • 2010 CEO Jansson departs his position and is replaced by John S. Dueholm on an interim basis.
  • 2011 Rickard Gustafson becomes the new permanent CEO.
  • 2012 In January Spanair collapses and lead to write-downs of 1.7bn kronor by SAS.
  • 2013 SAS sells 80% of the shares in Widerøe.
  • 2014 SAS sells the cleaning part of SAS Ground Handling to Sodexo.
  • 2015 SAS sells SAS Ground Handling in 14 Airports in Norway to Widerøe Ground Handling. SAS sells Blue1 to CityJet. In November Estonian Air collapses and SAS loses 2.5% of the shares.
  • 2016 SAS sells its remaining 20% stake in Widerøe.
  • 2020 SAS halts most of its traffic from the 16th of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]


SAS Group is the main operational company in the SAS consortium. As of January 2017 the SAS Group company structure looks as follows:

Core SAS Holdings
SAS Individual Holdings

Head office

Former Scandinavian Airlines head office at Arlanda Airport

The SAS Group head office is currently in the SAS Frösundavik Office Building in Frösundavik [sv], Solna Municipality, Sweden, in the Stockholm area.[5][6]

The SAS Group head office was previously located on the grounds of the Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden.[7]

Before spring 2011,[] it was located in the SAS Frösundavik Office Building.[8][9]

Partners and alliances

List of major shareholders

Shareholder Type of shareholder Nationality Ownership
The Swedish Government Government Sweden Sweden 14.8%
The Danish Government Government Denmark Denmark 14.2%
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Foundation Sweden Sweden 6.5%
Other shareholders 49.8%
Source: [10]


Financial performance

Year ended Passengers flown[11] Employees (Average/Year) Net profit/loss (SEK) Basic eps (SEK)
2010[12] Increase25,200,000 Decrease14,801 Increase-2,218,000,000 Increase-7.79
2009[13] Decrease24,900,000 Decrease18,786 Increase-2,947,000,000 Decrease-18.20
2008[14] 29,000,000 24,635 -6,360,000,000 -6.29
2007[14] 29,200,000 26,538 1,234,000,000 3.87
2006 38,609,000 26,554 4,936,000,000 28.10
2005 36,312,000 32,363 418,000,000 1.06
2004 32,400,000 32,481 -1,813,000,000 -11.38
2003 31,004,000 34,544 -2,221,000,000 -8.60
2002 33,254,000 35,506 -736,000,000 -0.81
2001 35,640,000 31,035 -1,140,000,000 -6.58
2000* 23,240,000 30,939 2,273,000,000 11.79
1999* 21,991,000 30,310 1,846,000,000 8.41
  • Prior to 2001, the SAS Group traffic figures did not include airBaltic, Blue1, and Spanair.


The SAS Group fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August, 2019:[15]

Type SAS On order Notes
Airbus A319-100 4 OY-KBO in retro livery
Airbus A320-200 11
Airbus A320neo 41 39 9 wet leased to Scandinavian Airlines Ireland
Airbus A321-200 8
Airbus A321LR 3 Deliveries to commence 2020
ATR 72-600 6 Operated by Nordica (airline)
Airbus A330-300 9
Airbus A340-300 4 To be replaced by Airbus A350
Airbus A350-900 XWB 4 4
Boeing 737-700 18 To be replaced by A320NEO
Boeing 737-800 25 To be replaced by A320NEO
Bombardier CRJ900 18 Operated by CityJet
3 Operated by Nordica (airline)
Bombardier CRJ1000 1
Total 151

On January 4, 2010 the SAS Group announced the sales of 18 surplus MD-80 series aircraft to Allegiant Travel Company. The aircraft, built from 1985 to 1991, were delivered during the first half of 2010.[16]

On August 26, 2010 the SAS Group announced a 5-year lease agreement of 8 MD-90 series aircraft to an undisclosed US airline. The aircraft will be delivered between Q3-2010 and Q2-2011.

On April 10, 2018 the SAS Group announced a deal with Airbus for 35 new Airbus A320neos with another 15 being leased. These aircraft are meant to replace some of SAS's current A320s, as well as their Bombardier CRJ900's.[17] Bringing the total of the type to 80 aircraft.

It is expected that SAS will announce the replacement aircraft for the 737-700/600 variant in 2020 or 2021. The A220 is discussed to be the favorable option.


SAS Museum

The exhibits at the SAS Museum at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, in Norway, represent an important part of Scandinavian civil aviation history. The museum collections cover Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) as well as its parent companies: AB Aerotransport (ABA), Det Danske Luftfartselskab (DDL), and Det Norske Luftfartselskap (DNL). A museum was originally established in 1989 in the hangar area at Oslo Airport, Fornebu at the same time as the formation of the DNL/SAS Historic Society. It was built up through the efforts of a group of enthusiasts among retired and active SAS employees. The establishment of the new museum in 2003-2004 is a result of SAS feeling a responsibility to document the history of Scandinavian civil aviation. For this purpose, the airline has entered a partnership with its three national historic societies and the latter undertake the day-to-day work on a volunteer basis. SAS absorbs the rental cost of the museum building and has also provided depots for museum exhibits in Denmark and Sweden. The museum at Oslo's Gardermoen is therefore more than just a continuation of the facility at Fornebu - it is a completely new and considerably expanded Scandinavian museum. It is run by a board that includes representatives of the SAS consortium and the Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian historic societies.


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  2. ^ "Företagsfakta" (in Swedish). Swedish Companies Registration Office. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "Shareholders". SAS. Retrieved .
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  5. ^ "SAS AB 556606-8499." Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved on October 26, 2016. "Besöksadress Frösundaviks Allé 1,"
  6. ^ "SAS AB (publ) announces notice to the Annual General Meeting on 8 March 2016." SAS AB. Retrieved on October 26, 2016. "The Annual General Meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at SAS head office, Frösundaviks allé 1, Solna."
  7. ^ "Media Contact SAS Group. Retrieved on 27 January 2012. "Visiting address: Kabinvägen 5, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden"
  8. ^ "SAS head office in Sweden." Scandinavian Airlines. Retrieved on 8 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Cykelkarta 2007." Solna Municipality. Retrieved on 12 February 2010.
  10. ^ (PDF) Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "SAS". SAS.
  12. ^ SAS Group (2010). "SAS Annual Report 2010" (PDF). SAS Group. Retrieved .
  13. ^ SAS Group (2010). "SAS Annual Report 2009" (PDF). SAS Group. Retrieved .
  14. ^ a b SAS Group (2009). "SAS Annual Report 2008" (PDF). SAS Group. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Fleet". Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "SAS sells 18 MD-80 surplus aircraft to Allegiant Travel Company".
  17. ^ "SAS signs firm order for 35 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft". Airbus. Retrieved .

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