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SAS starts hovercraft service. (Scandinavian Airline Stem)

Malmo--Scandinavian Airlines System flights between Kastrup airport, Copenhagen, and this southern Swedish port arrive in the harbor in a great shower of spray and to the roaring of diesel engines. For the vehicle is not an airliner, but a hovercraft, one of two which the airline, which represents Sweden, Denmark and Norway, has recently pu ton the u7-mile overwater stretch of the Oresund channel to connect with its international services out of Kastrup. SAS claims that it is the first airline in the world to run an interline service of this kind.

The hovercraft are AP188s, built by British Hovercraft Corporation, a sister company of Westland Helicopters, in the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. They are 80 fit. long, 36 ft. wide and can carry 101 passengers, although SAS has configured them with 80 seats at 34 in. pitch, and splits the cabin into two with a movable bulkhead between club and economy passengers. In airline terms, the craft are twinaisle, with two/three/two seats across. Chartered craft

Interior decor is identical with the new livery introduced recently on SAS aircraft, basically dark blue seat coverings and carpeting. …

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