Air Transport World

A decade of experience.(profile of airline SAS Commuter)(Brief Article)

With Braathens out of Sweden and new Dash 8-Q400s arriving, SAS Commuter has become a grownup in SAS Group

SAS Commuter is no longer a kid. Ten years ago this sister consortium to SAS, with private and state ownership, was established to assume regional operations when SAS's monopoly position in Scandinavia was in full bloom. SAS Commuter's duties were narrowly defined, its growth limited.

Today deregulation is the norm in Scandinavia and SAS Commuter has become an integral part of its parent's long-term growth plans, in part because of the former's ability to transport large numbers of passengers aboard turboprop aircraft at a cost significantly less than its partner could provide. It's an old story in North America but one that now has been embraced in Scandinavia.

Years of providing service on thin, sometimes money-losing routes with larger twinjets no longer is tolerated at SAS. Nor is the practice of exploring uncharted territory with larger equipment allowed unless absolutely necessary. …

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