Your first look at the new SAS Airbus A350 that will serve Chicago

Dec 9, 2019

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Scandinavian Airlines has taken delivery of the first of eight Airbus A350s it has on order. The new plane will start flying on Jan. 28, with Chicago as its first planned destination from Copenhagen.

The airline said the new aircraft meant an improved experience for passengers.

“Travelers can look forward to even more comfortable flights, including a cabin with new seat models and unique, customized SAS solutions. The new aircraft is composed of the latest aerodynamic design and technology meaning unrivaled levels of operational efficiency,” SAS said in a statement.

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The A350 will have 40 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. According to the airline, the seats have an 18.5 inch screen and foot massage capabilities, among other amenities.

SAS A350 business class. (Image courtesy of SAS.)

It will also include 32 updated “SAS Plus” seats.

SAS A350 premium economy. (Image courtesy of SAS.)

And the aircraft will have 228 economy seats, with USB power for every passenger.


“The aircraft is one of our biggest investments, enabling us to provide an outstanding travel experience,” Rickard Gustafson, the airlines president and CEO said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this state-of the-art aircraft.”

Over the course of 2020, the A350 will visit seven cities: Chicago, Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and San Francisco.

This article was updated to reflect that the A350 is not the first SAS aircraft to offer a premium economy cabin.

All images courtesy of SAS. 

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