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SAS Serves 2 Million Passengers In March, Reveals Date Of SkyTeam Switch

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SAS has published its traffic results for March, which showed positive growth. The airline also announced the date of its departure from the Star Alliance as the airline joins SkyTeam.

SAS switches from Star Alliance to SkyTeam

2 Million Passengers Flew With SAS In March

Two million passengers traveled with SAS in March, a 5 percent increase compared to last year. SAS’s capacity increased by 15 percent, and RPK increased by 20 percent compared to March 2023. The flown load factor for March was 79 percent.

“We are pleased to see that 2 million passengers traveled with SAS in March, which includes the Easter weekend this year. During the month, the U.S. Court approved SAS’ plan of reorganization, which is a major milestone for SAS FORWARD and sets a clear path for us to exit the restructuring proceedings. SAS has also signed a new agreement with the Norwegian Armed Forces for strategic air evacuation, which means we will continue these proud assignments using lower-emission Airbus A320neo aircraft following the phase-out of the current aircraft in 2025. Finally, we are proud that SAS was yet again voted the most sustainable company in the aviation industry among Swedish and Danish consumers,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS March Traffic Tables

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)Mar24Change1Nov23- Mar24Change 1
ASK (Mill.)3,58915.1%15,73512.0%
RPK (Mill.)2,83720.2%11,60616.4%
Load factor79.1%3.4 pp73.8%2.8 pp
No. of passengers (000)2,0034.9%8,5336.2%
1 Change compared to same period last year, pp = percentage points
Geographical development, scheduleMar24           vs.          Mar23Nov23-Mar24   vs.   Nov22-Mar23
RPKASK
Intercontinental25.7%19.3%
Europe/Intra-Scandinavia26.8%19.6%
Domestic-9.8%-9.3%
Preliminary yield and PASKMar24Nominal change1FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK1.00-7.0%-6.7%
PASK, SEK0.79-2.6%-2.3%
Mar24
Punctuality (departure 15 min)84.9%
Regularity98.7 %
Change in total CO2 emissions20.1%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer-0.2%

Definitions and Notes

RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers
ASK – Available seat kilometers Load factor – RPK/ASK

Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)

PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)

Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger related carbon emissions divided with total available seat kilometers (incl non-revenue and EuroBonus tickets), rolling 12 months vs rolling 12 months previous year

From fiscal year 2020 SAS reports changes in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) to align with the airline’s overall goal to reduce total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

SAS Alliance Shift To SkyTeam: Benefits for EuroBonus Members

SAS has officially revealed the date of its significant alliance shift from Star Alliance to SkyTeam.

Until August 31, 2024, SAS will maintain its position within Star Alliance, ensuring continuity for its customers. Starting from September 1, 2024, SAS will enhance its partnerships by collaborating with a majority of SkyTeam airlines, promising a seamless transition for travelers.

This strategic move means that SAS EuroBonus members can look forward to loyalty benefits comparable to those they currently enjoy with Star Alliance carriers, this time with most SkyTeam member airlines. The change aims to offer more value and maintain the level of perks passengers are accustomed to.

Engaging in deep negotiations, SAS is forging robust commercial relationships with SkyTeam and several of its member airlines. The goal is to expand travel opportunities for SAS customers. SAS joining SkyTeam will grant passengers access to 19 additional airlines and an expansive network covering over 1,060 destinations worldwide.

The alliance transition marks a new era for SAS passengers. They will retain access to their preferred cities and regions while discovering a wider array of travel options, including routes to destinations previously beyond reach.

“We are thrilled to progress on our alliance transition journey and pave the way for delightful new destinations and loyalty program benefits across the world. Our focus now is to guide customers and our EuroBonus members on each step during this transition. We look forward to sharing more details as our journey progresses, with the aim to create a smooth transition to an exciting travel future with us,” says Chief Commercial Officer at SAS, Paul Verhagen.

Over the past six months, the airline has maintained close collaboration with Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and their member airlines. SAS aims to guarantee a seamless transition for customers and EuroBonus members. Customers will continue to enjoy Star Alliance benefits such as earning and using EuroBonus points, accessing lounges, and other travel perks until August 31, 2024. EuroBonus will remain as SAS’s loyalty program even after SAS departs from Star Alliance.

The airline will share more information over the coming weeks and months.

Star Alliance Responds To SAS Departure

Star Alliance issued a statement after SAS announced the date of its departure. The Alliance committed to continuing its “tradition of exceptional global connectivity and superior customer experience in Scandinavia.”

The Star Alliance statement follows:
 
Since its founding in 1997, Star Alliance and its member airlines have maintained a significant presence in Northern Europe. Loyal customers who travel to and from Sweden, Denmark, and Norway have come to appreciate the many benefits of the superior customer experience and loyalty reciprocation that Star Alliance member airlines proudly provide globally, and in Scandinavia.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines plans to exit Star Alliance on August 31, 2024. On behalf of our member airlines, we thank SAS and its employees for contributing to the superior customer experience for which Star Alliance is globally renowned.

During this transition, the experience of our customers is top of mind. Star Alliance, its member airlines, and SAS intend to ensure that this change is seamless for customers, particularly with respect to previously booked flights. Members of frequent flyer programs should consult their individual airline programs directly with specific questions related to mileage accrual and redemption for travel within the Star Alliance network.

Going forward, 17 Star Alliance member airlines will continue to offer direct flights to and from Scandinavia, including Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal, Thai, Turkish Airlines, and United. These Star Alliance member airlines will operate more than 3,700 flights per month to Scandinavia from 23 hubs worldwide, offering customers connections to more than 1,100 international destinations — the most by any airline alliance. In the future, Star Alliance member airlines may bring additional service to Scandinavia.

On September 1, Star Alliance will have 25 member airlines dedicated to fulfilling and enhancing their customers’ global journeys. Star Alliance continues to hold its position as the world’s largest and foremost global airline alliance, providing over 17,000 daily departures and serving more than 1,100 airports across 187 countries. In Scandinavia, Star Alliance and its member airlines will continue to provide customers with a wide choice of travel options and focus on delivering a superior customer experience.

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