The US market is handled by SAS’ local organization based in Northern New Jersey and boosts a fleet with 12 new Airbus aircraft. SAS and Airbus have signed an order for 12 new aircraft, eight new A350-900 XWB and four A330-300 Enhanced. The first A350-900 is due in 2018, and already in 2015, the fleet will be upgraded with the first couple of A330-300 Enhanced to replace existing A340 when the current leasing agreements expire. In the meantime, SAS will commence the cabin upgrade of seven aircraft in the existing fleet for completion in 2015.The A350 is a completely new aircraft type incorporating advanced aerodynamics, the latest materials and system technology available.
New Service Concept
SAS has launched its new service class concept to create the most modern flight experience. The service classes that were created 30 years ago do not reflect the needs of the modern traveller.
Here is a brief description:
SAS Go (Economy) – For customers who want to have a lot. It always includes a checked bag at no extra charge, as well as several services to save time, including internet check-in.
SAS Plus (Premium Economy) – For customers who wish to have even more. It includes two checked bags at no extra charge, SAS Fast Track, lounge access to SAS lounges, complimentary meals and drinks onboard as well as 200% EuroBonus points; all of this is on top of the benefits offered by SAS Go.
SAS Business - For customers who want the best of everything, extensive ground services such as easy check-in options, fast track security, where available, lounge access, and the in-flight experience includes Business Sleeper, Scandinavian cuisine and personal entertainment system is offered.
In Europe, the change to SAS Go and SAS Plus has also included a brand new concept on board, with the traditional airplane tray being replaced by an onboard cafe.
Stockholm City Card -
The Stockholm Card is a visitor’s passport to 80 attractions in Stockholm. Browse virtually all of the city’s excellent museums, and ride a sightseeing boat or ferry, the subway, an SL bus, or a streetcar.
The Stockholm Card offers:
- Free admission to 80 museums and attractions
- Free travel by public transport
- Free bicycle sightseeing in English (summer)
- Free trips on the Hop-on Hop-off boat (May-September) and free sightseeing by boat with Historical Canal tour (June-August)
- Bonus offers—discounts on sightseeing tours with the bus companies Stockholm Panorama and Open Top Tours, and discounts on boat trips to Drottningholm
- Free guide book
10 Reasons to Cruise from Stockholm -
- Stockholm is Beautiful - Built on 14 islands, Stockholm appears to be floating on water. Add to that the beautiful architecture and an abundance of nature, and you couldn’t ask for a prettier port of arrival — or departure.
- Awesome Archipelago - If 14 islands should prove to be insufficient, not to worry: At Stockholm’s doorstep are 30,000 islands in the archipelago. Cruising through the archipelago is surely one of the world’s most beautiful transits.
- Ancient Old Town - Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, is one of the world’s best-preserved Medieval cities. Enjoy strolling the Old Town’s narrow alleys and cobble-stone streets, taking time to stop in cozy cafes, shops and world-class restaurants.
- Pedestrian & Bicycle Friendly - The Swedish capital is compact and easy to get around on foot or by bike. Want to experience Stockholm’s nature? A visit to royal park Djurgården will fool you into thinking you’re in the Swedish countryside when, in fact, you’re in the city center.
- Fika - You could call Fika a coffee break, but you’d be wrong. It’s much more than that. Fika is a social institution where Swedes sit down to catch up over coffee and Swedish cakes, such as kanelbulle (the original cinnamon bun).
- Good Value - Surveys show that Stockholm offers the best value among the Scandinavian capitals. Want more for your money? Think Stockholm.
- Culture & History - Stockholm has the world’s highest concentration of museums and an abundance of attractions and galleries.
- Green City - With one third of its land area covered in parks, and one third in water, Stockholm is a green city. Stockholm was the first city to be awarded Europe’s Green Capital.
- Easy Access - Getting to Stockholm from destinations worldwide is easy thanks to numerous flights daily from all over the world, including some low-cost carriers.
- Captial of Scandinavia - Stockholm is not just the capital of Sweden but also the self-proclaimed capital of Scandinavia. Why? The city is a Nordic hub in both business and in culture. For cruisers that means excellent infrastructure and convenient cultural activities.