Published on March 18th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


SAS Ireland operations off to a “flying start”

SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson president and CEO stated SAS Ireland operations “got off to a flying start” in December 2017. SAS Ireland now have 5 Airbus A320neos (EI-SIA/B/C/D/E) and its sixth airframe, EI-SIF was noted on Friday 16th March at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport awaiting delivery. It was still wearing its test registration D-AUBG. Up to the end of February, the airline had completed over 800 flights and carried 80,000 passengers. According to Mr. Gustafson operations were positively received by passengers and unit cost for operations are tracking according to plan, which means they will shortly be below SAS’s Scandinavia based operations.

The current fleet of aircraft have been noted mainly operating between London Heathrow, Stockholm Arlanda, Copenhagen and Oslo Gardermoen. The have occasionally been noted on other routes presumably operating on wet lease to parent company SAS.

Main photo above shows the first aircraft to be delivered to SAS Ireland, EI-SIA, during crew training at Cork Airport by Terry Murphy.

The newest A320neo operating in the SAS Ireland fleet, EI-SIE.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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