SAS Group has signed a firm order for 35 Airbus A320neo aircraft and will also lease 15 more from leasing companies as part of the airline’s commitment to becoming an all-Airbus operator.

The A320 family aircraft will be used for its mainline European operations, as well as for its domestic services within Scandinavia. The new A320neos will join its existing Airbus fleet of 56 aircraft (eight A340s, eight A330s and 40 A320 family aircraft). An engine selection will be announced by the operator at a later date.

“Just over one year ago, we started to phase into service brand new Airbus A320neos, and since then we have received a very positive response from our customers. I’m therefore delighted that, through this order, we can continue improving and investing in our customer offering, and thereby SAS’s future.

“We are also creating a single-type and more efficient fleet for the first time. Ordering 50 Airbus A320neos gives us access to the market’s most efficient aircraft thereby enabling us to further improve our operational efficiency and to continue to reduce our climate-impacting emissions,” said Rickard Gustafson, president and CEO, SAS.

The airline also ordered an additional A330-300 to further standardise its future long-haul fleet. One new A330-300 equipped with RR Trent 772B engines will join the Scandinavian carrier’s network in the second quarter of 2019.