Founded1946; 76 years ago (1946), merger of ABA (1924), DDL (1918), and DNL (1927)
HeadquartersSAS Frösundavik Office Building, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
Area served
Key people
Fritz Schur (Chairman)
Anko van der Werff (CEO)
ServicesAirline services
RevenueDecrease 13.96 billion kr (2021)[1]
Increase −5.49 billion kr (2021)[1]
Increase −6.53 billion kr (2021)[1]
Total assetsDecrease 52.71 billion kr (2021)[1]
Total equityDecrease 6.42 billion kr (2021)[1]
Number of employees
7,532 (2021)[1]
SubsidiariesAviation Services: SAS Business Opportunities; SAS Cargo Group; SAS Technical Services; SAS Ground Handling

SAS AB (Scandinavian Airlines System Aktiebolag),[2] 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 (owner of the Radisson SAS brand) 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.)
Radisson hotel in Oslo no longer managed by SAS as of 2009. (This picture was taken in May 2005.)
SAS Group Milestones


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

SAS Frösundavik Office Building
Former Scandinavian Airlines head office at Arlanda Airport
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,[citation needed] 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


Airbus A340 taking off at San Francisco International Airport
Airbus A320neo in 2017.
Airbus A320neo in 2017.

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.


Main article: SAS Group destinations

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.

See also


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  17. ^ "SAS signs firm order for 35 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft". Airbus. Retrieved 2018-04-15.