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Scandinavian Airlines System SAS


SAS operates as the national carrier for Sweden, Denmark and Norway and it has machines registered in all these countries. All three languages are used in their operation. These two machines, LN-RGA and LN-RGD are both Boeing 737-800 machines in Norwegian register. LN-RGA is a leased machine carrying the name Svarthöfde Viking. It was taken in use in April 2012.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 30.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another view of the LN-RGA Svarthöfde Viking.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 30.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


LN-RPK is a slightly older machine. It is a Boeing B737 version 700 which SAS got as new in March 2000. It is registered in Norway and operates on Norwegian inland routes. Its name is "Heimer Viking".
Picture from Oslo Gardermoen airport 8.6.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


LN-RRB "Dag Viking" is another B737-700 but unlike the one shown above, it has received new winglets at its wing tips. It was new in 07/2007 when SAS Norge took it in use.
Picture from Oslo Gardermoen airport 8.6.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


LN-RGO called Brage Viking is one of SAS's newest planes. It was delivered in December 2016. It is an Airbus A320 version 251N or A320neo and it is a leasing machine.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 30.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another view of the Airbus A320 LN-RGO called Brage Viking.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 30.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


SE-ROA Åke Viking is in Swedish register. It was delivered to SAS new in August 2017 and also it is a leasing machine of the type Airbus A320 version 251N a.k.a. A320neo.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 30.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


SAS is now in 2019 rapidly taking in use new planes of the type Airbus A320neo, also known as A320-251N. This SE-ROD "Ingolf Viking" is registered in Sweden and is here seen at the Vágar airport on Faeroe islands. The first flight of this machine was in July 2017. Picture from Vágar at 16.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A view through a passenger's window, while SAS' A320neo SE-ROB is approaching Vágar airfield of Faeroe islands.
Picture from near Vágar at 13.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


SAS has had a lot of financial troubles lately and that shows also in its planes. There are far fewer routes now, all the modern planes are leased and not owned, many routes are given to subcontractors an SAS's own fleet is aging.
SE-RES in Swedish register was taken in use by Midway Airlines in 2000. It worked then for Astraeus and Air China until SAS took it over in 2012 and gave it the name Rut Viking. It is a Boeing B737-700.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 30.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


LN-RRE is one of the very few SAS planes which has been painted in the colours of the Star Alliance. It is a Boeing B737-800 which was originally delivered for Air Europa. It has been flying for SAS in Norwegian register since August 2008 and it received its Star Alliance livery in late 2018. It carries the name Knut Viking.
Picture from Oslo Gardermoen airport 2.6.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


OY-KBL is an Airbus A321 version 232 of SAS. It first flew in October 2001. It bears the name Gunnbjörn Viking.
Picture from Copenhagen Kastrup airport 13.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


OY-KBO has an Airbus painted in the retro livery of SAS of the 1960s-1970s. It is an Airbus A319 version 100 already from the year 2006. It was taken over from Germany. The plane carries the name Christian Valdemar Viking.
Picture from Copenhagen Kastrup airport 16.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.



Passengers packing into Cityjet's CRJ regional jet EI-FPR. Cityjet is operating many of SAS's short and medium haul routes.
Picture from Vaernes airport of Trondheim, Norway, 21.10.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Cityjet CRJ-900 EI-FPO was delivered to Cityjet in the summer of 2017 and it has been flying for SAS ever since. SAS gave it the name Narfe Viking.
Picture from Helsinki Vantaa airport 13.3.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same Cityjet CRJ-900 EI-FPO seen from the other side.
Picture from Helsinki Vantaa airport 13.3.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


EI-FPD is another one of Cityjet's Canadair CRJ-900 planes flying on behalf of SAS. Here it is ready to start boarding passengers at Stockholm Arlanda airport for a flight to Helsinki.
Picture from Stockholm Arlanda 25.10.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.

GetJet Airlines


Everybody knows that SAS has lately had a lot of financial difficulties. One way that this shows to the customers is that if one buys SAS' tickets, one can never know what kind of an airline and plane actually operates the route. This is one strange example. SAS flight from Helsinki to Oslo was operated by GetJet. GetJet Airlines is an airline headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania that offers ACMI and charter services to international airlines and tour operators in the Baltics. In this case SAS had hired GetJet for a while to operate the whole Helsinki to Oslo route with GetJet's old planes and Lithuanian personnel. This was bad news for the travellers, since this machine LY-EWE is a very old Boeing B737-300 already from the year 1998 (Delivered first to Air New Zealand) and the old plane has been stuffed with seats so tightly that it was impossible to lower the table and knees of longer passengers like myself hurt badly after the flight. There was simply not enough room to even sit straight in the chair. The whole trip was just a form of torture.
Picture from Helsinki Vantaa airport 13.8.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Jet Time

Jet Time is a Danish company flying both scheduled flights as well as charter flights and many of Jet Time's flights are operated on behalf of SAS using planes with SAS's colours. However, on this website Jet Time has its own page, so their machines are not shown here, but at the Jet Time page of our site.



ES-ATD or "Skjalm Viking" looks like an SAS plane, but it is actually a leased machine operated by the Estonian company Nordica just flying for SAS. The machine is an ATR 72 from the year 2014. Earlier it flew for Jettime, which also then used it for operating on behalf of SAS.
Picture from Copenhagen-Kastrup airport 13.5.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.



Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS is a traditional small Norwegian airline which has for a long time been operating in Norway's inland traffic, connecting the often very small airfields along Norway's long coastline. Widerøe has 43 aircraft, most of which are Bombardier Dash 8 machines in various versions from the very short version 100 to the large Q400. This one is a Dash 8 Q300. It can take up to 50 passengers and Widerøe has seven of them.
Picture from Værnes airport of Trondheim, Norway, 20.10.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same Dash 8 Q300 LN-WFP as above is turning from the runway towards the terminal building.
Picture from Værnes airport of Trondheim, Norway, 20.10.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another Dash 8 Q300 LN-WFU has just landed.
Picture from Værnes airport of Trondheim, Norway, 20.10.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Bombardier Dash 8 Q100 LN-WIV is one of the smallest Dash 8 planes. The version Q100 can take 39 passengers and Widerøe has 20 of them. Widerøe flies to many so small airfields that this is the only common commercial aircraft type capable of operating from such places.
Picture from Værnes airport of Trondheim, Norway, 20.10.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The Dash 8 Q100 is really short when looked at from its side. Widerøe has several destinations where this is the biggest possible plane to serve the airfield.
Picture of Widerøe's Bombardier Dash 8 Q100 LN-WIA at Tromsø airport 17.8.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 is the biggest version of Dash 8 planes. LN-WDF was taken in use in June 2009.
Picture from Værnes airport of Trondheim, Norway, 8.6.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Widerøe used to be a small airline operating only turboprop planes, but these new Embraer ERJ-190 E2 machines have made it possible for them to extend their business further away from home. Here this Widerøe Embraer LN-WEA is flying on behalf of Finnair on Finnair's Helsinki to Bergen route. Picture from Helsinki-Vantaa airport 18.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Blue 1


For many years SAS operated in the Finnish domestic market under the brand name Blue 1. Blue 1 was a company founded already in 1987 under the name Air Botnia. SAS bought Air Botnia in 1998 and renamed it to Blue 1 in 2004. In 2015 when SAS Group was already financially in very difficult times, SAS sold Blue 1 to CityJet.

For a long time Blue 1's fleet consisted of these Avro RJ85 jets and Saab 2000 turboprops. Air Botnia received both types in its fleet in 2001. The last RJ85 was sold in 2013. This one, OH-SAP named Päijänne after a very large lake in central Finland was photographed by Ilkka Siissalo at the airport of Vaasa 15.8.2008.

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