In an landmark turn of events, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) will put seats for its first electric aircraft flight on sale on Friday June 2nd.
To be exact, the airline will launch the sale at 12pm CET, however those interested would need to be quick as only 90 seats will be available for the 3 inaugural electric flights it will operate.
Therefore this will mean 30 seats will be available per flight.
Unfortunately though, if you’re living outside of either Sweden, Norway or Denmark, you won’t have the chance to book as the reservations will only be open to people living in the aforementioned countries. This caveat was made by the airline in its statement advising the ticket sales.
Despite the excitement over this huge step in SAS’ history, don’t get too excited as these inaugural flights are still some time away, with them due to start in 2028.
Although the airline hasn’t stated why tickets are going on sale for these particular flights so soon, it would seem that SAS’ intentions are likely to show the world that the reality of carbon free flight is not far away in the grand scheme of things.
Sharing his excitement for the launch of these ticket sales, President and CEO of SAS, Anko van der Werff said, “The fact we can now invite our passengers to the next major milestone in the future of aviation is a natural continuation of that pioneering spirit and a significant step on our journey towards more sustainable aviation”.
A special notion to the pricing
For those interested on how much it will cost to reserve your seat on one of the first flights, it will cost you SEK/NOK/DKK 1946.
SAS elaborated on this in a press release, saying the price of the each seat refers to the year the airline first commenced operations.
Overall, the idea is to show how far the airline has come over the years from the early days of aviation just post-World War 2 – from piston engine aircraft to today’s highly fuel efficient jet aircraft, and now electric aircraft.
Despite the flights not being available to those outside of the Scandinavian countries, this price would equate to just over £140 or around 165 euros.
Reservations can be booked through the following link at flysas.com/electric.
Towards a more sustainable aviation
SAS is currently looking forward to the future of aviation in its sustainable form, with big ambitions. Indeed, they are the first airline in the world to put seats on sale for their future electric flights.
This also not the first time the airline has been a leader in a new tradition in aviation.
Back in 1952, the airline was the first to navigate over the North pole – a routing technique that is now used by many airlines around the world to slash journey times on long haul flights between continents.
SAS put its letter of support in for the ES-30 electric aircraft being produced by Heart Aerospace in September 2022, joining the likes of Air Canada, United, Finnair and Braathens Regional Airlines who have also ordered the aircraft.
In addition, SAS has also been in a partnership with Airbus since 2019 to pave the way for large scale use of low and zero emission aircraft. Therefore showing that the airline is keen to transition to such aircraft as and when it becomes viable.
To top it all off, SAS also joins the long list of airline with firm intentions on becoming net zero by 2050.
With such a long list of commitments and now its first electric flights about to go on sale, SAS has a clean and clear future ahead and the world is quite likely looking forward to this transition to low and zero emission aircraft.