After months of rumors, the first Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Embraer E195 was spotted in England already with the airline’s livery.
The SE-RSK registration plane was photographed in Norwich in recent days and will be the first of six first-generation E195s that will form the fleet of SAS Link, a subsidiary that will be launched by the group.
The Embraer aircraft was operated until some time ago by FlyBe, which ended its services last year. It is the first time that SAS will have Brazilian aircraft in its fleet, since until then the airline had chosen its rivals such as the Saab 2000 and the Bombardier CRJ-900.
SAS Link is one of the initiatives to reduce the parent company’s operating costs, which has sparked employee protests over fears of wage cuts.
The airline based in Copenhagen was studying the order of new commercial jets, mainly the E2 family, from Embraer, and the Airbus A220 until before the pandemic. The project, however, would have been postponed.
In addition to the E195s, SAS has wet-lease agreements with CityJet (CRJ-900) and XFly (CRJ-900 and ATR turboprops).
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