SAS, formerly known at the Scandinavian Airlines System, is the largest airline in Scandinavia, and the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The airline was launched in the 1940’s, comprised of 3 major Scandinavian airlines. Nowadays, they have their main base in Sweden and fly to over 50 short and long haul destinations.
Scandinavian Airlines’ main intercontinential hub is at Coperhagen Airport, but they also have hubs in Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. In 2012, they carried 25.9 million passengers on their fleet of 141 aircraft, which makes it the 9th largest airline in Europe. If you are a frequent flyer with SAS, it might be worth registering for their EuroBonus program for regular customers.
You might also be interested to know SAS was one of the founding members of Star Alliance, the world’s largest global airline alliance.
How to Check In
You can check in online, on mobile or at the airport using the desks and self service kiosk. You can check in online 22 hours to an hour before your flight, and print your boarding passes ready for security. You can also print out bag tags using the self service kiosks and deposit them at the bag drop at least 60 minutes before an international flight, or 30 minutes before a domestic one. Alternatively, use mobile check in on the app, the SMS service or on the mobile site least 22 hours to an hour before your flight. For international flights at the check in desk, you will have to check in an hour to an hour and a half before your flight. For flights within Europe, you will have to check in at least 40 minutes before your flight. SAS do request that you arrive at the gate 20-25 minutes prior to depart. Check in deadlines do apply to different destinations, so be sure to check out the SAS website before you fly.
Baggage Allowances and Fees
You are given an item of checked in baggage and a piece of hand luggage for each flight. Restrictions do apply, cabin baggage must fit within the dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 23cm, and weigh no more than 8kg, whereas hold baggage must weigh under 23kg. You’re also able to take a small personal item that will fit under the seat in front of you. If travelling on an SAS Plus or Business Ticket, you are able to take extra pieces of hold luggage.
You can reserve your seats for free on SAS flights, on mobile or online.
Service on Board
Complimentary coffee and tea is a given on SAS Go, but they also have an on board snack menu if you’re feeling peckish. Meals are offered on SAS Plus and SAS Business flights, as well as in flight entertainment on intercontinental flights. SAS are also in the process of rolling out the Internet on board at the time of writing.
Excess baggage fees do apply, depending on the excess weight and destination.
Information is correct as of 24/08/2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
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