SAS Flights Disrupted Due to Airbus A320neo Inspections

SAS Flights Disrupted Due to Airbus A320neo Inspections
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Flights with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) were disrupted over the weekend due to impromptu inspections on their Airbus A320neo aircraft.

The carrier made a swift announcement on social media over the weekend regardinf this.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Airbus A320neo Inspections…

SAS Flights Disrupted Due to Airbus A320neo Inspections
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In a statement on social media, SAS said the following on March 23 regarding the inspection of Airbus A320neo aircraft:

“The need to inspect a component on some of our aircraft requires pausing operations with these aircraft, causing traffic disruptions in parts of our network”.

“Safety is always our number one priority, so before resuming operation with these aircraft again, these checks must be carried out”.

“Passengers have not been exposed to any risk at any time”.

“We are working hard to minimize the impact. Passengers affected by the traffic disruptions will be notified directly via email and/or SMS”.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused”.

Within the replies to the posts, SAS did confirm that it was “Some of our [Airbus] A320neos”, confirming the aircraft type.

In one of the replies, the airline confirmed that it was pressure regulator transmitter components they were checking.


SAS Flights Disrupted Due to Airbus A320neo Inspections
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The ramifications to this would have been disruptions to passengers over the weekend.

For SAS, the Airbus A320neo is utilized significantly around their European operation.

Data from shows that the airline has 38 of them in their fleet.

Furthermore, they have an average fleet age of 4.8 years.

It remains clear that an issue was identified, which forced the temporary grounding of these aircraft.

SAS later resumed services on Sunday lunchtime following the completion of all the necessary inspections.


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In conclusion, SAS have clearly done the right thing in grounding the aircraft whilst checks take place.

All eyes will be on additional updates following this mini-saga, as well as whether action from Airbus is needed on the A320neo.

But until we gather more information on this, we can only watch to see what the airline does in these inspections.

Such a story remains developing in the weeks ahead. All eyes on this moving forward.

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