Scandinavian Airlines Ireland

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Scandinavian Airlines Ireland Ltd.
SAS Ireland logotype.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programEuroBonus
Fleet size9
Parent companySAS Group
HeadquartersDublin, Ireland

Scandinavian Airlines Ireland Ltd, also known as SAS Ireland or SAIL, is an Irish subsidiary of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). The airline exclusively operates flights on behalf of SAS. Despite being an Irish airline, none of its aircraft are based in Ireland, which are instead based in London Heathrow and Málaga.


SAS set up its Ireland-based subsidiary in early 2017 and expected it to be operational by 1 November 2017. Initially, the airline was expected to be equipped with nine brand new Airbus A320neo; five aircraft to commence flights out of London Heathrow, and later from Málaga in spring 2018, with the remaining four aircraft on behalf of its parent company.[1]

SAS' intention was to replace its own aircraft with cheaper ones crewed and based outside Scandinavia to compete better with other airlines.[2] The airline doesn't employ staff itself, which are instead employed by CAE, an aviation recruitment firm, which started the employment of the back end personnel in 2017.[3]

The Swedish Pilots Union expressed its dissatisfaction with the operational structure of the new airline, suggesting it violates the current labour-agreements. The union also lamented the lack of coverage in Scandinavian media.[4] The Swedish Cabin Crew Union also condemned the new venture and stated that SAS established the airline to "not pay decent salaries" to cabin crew.[5] Jonas Sjöstedt, the leader of the Swedish Left Party (Sweden) told a newspaper that the government of Sweden would have to stop the establishment of the new airline, but the Swedish minister for enterprise, Mikael Damberg told the same paper that "it is not an issue for the owner if the company decides to open bases abroad".[6]

Citing delivery delays, SAS Ireland had to delay its launch until December 2017.[7] The first revenue flight took place on 20 December 2017 from Copenhagen to London Heathrow.[8]

In the summer of 2018, many flights intended to be operated by SAS Ireland were either cancelled or operated by the parent. At the same time, 26 pilots at SAS Ireland sent a letter to the corporate governance at SAS Group criticizing working conditions and safety levels. The chief instructor at SAS Ireland resigned after being criticized for having safety standards which were too high. During the brief period that the airline had been operating, they experienced the leave of a number of pilots with most of the ones that were still employed were actively looking for new employment.[9]


SAS Ireland Airbus A320neo

The Scandinavian Airlines Ireland fleet consists of the following aircraft as of October 2018:[10]

Scandinavian Airlines Ireland Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320neo 9 0 180 Operating for Scandinavian Airlines.
Total 9 0


  1. ^ O'Halloran, Barry (28 February 2017). "SAS Irish subsidiary to begin flights in November". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ Sumers, Brian (14 June 2017). "Why Scandinavia's SAS Is Creating a New Airline With the Same Name in Ireland". Skift. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ Burke-Kennedy, Eoin (7 May 2017). "Aviation recruitment firm creates 80 new jobs as part of Irish expansion". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Facket om nya SAS-bolaget". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Stockholm: Schibsted Media Group. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  5. ^ "SAS ger personalen usla villkor". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Stockholm: Schibsted Media Group. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Kräver stopp för SAS planer" [Halt called for SAS plans]. Helsingborgs Dagblad (in Swedish). Bonnier Group. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  7. ^ Dwyer, Mark (19 October 2017). "Scandinavian Airlines Ireland Delays Launch". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ Dron, Alan (21 December 2017). "SAS starts operations under Irish AOC". Air Transport World. Rosslyn, Virginia: Penton Media. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  9. ^ Tuv, Nina (26 July 2018). "Kanselleringskaos i SAS: Piloter tviler på Irland-prosjekt (Norwegian)". E24. Oslo. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Latest Register and Monthly Changes".

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