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SAS har netop meddelt at de nu har opnået en ny aftale med yderlig to flyleasingselsaber. Dermed har SAS opnået enighed med alle ejere af de fly, som SAS bruger i dag.
Det har været en central del at SAS kunne få en bedre aftale med de 15 flyleasingselskaber som har leveret fly til SAS. Det drejer sig om i alt 59 fly. De sidste to flyleasingselskaber stod for samlet 13 fly.
Gennem de nye aftaler, så har SAS opnået en årlig besparelse på mindste 1 milliard svenske kroner i forhold til de samlede aftaler før SAS påbegyndte deres Chapter-11 process ved retten i USA – nærmere betegnet i New York.
Den ene milliard svenske kroner er en central del i jagten på den samlede besparelse, som i SAS FORWARD programmet er sat til 7,5 milliarder svenske kroner.
I gennem forhandlingerne om bedre aftaler på leasingaftalerne, så har SAS også sagt farvel til flere fly. Blandt andet er to af de nye Airbus A350’ere sendt hjem til ejerne. Oprindeligt havde SAS 6 Airbus A350’ere, men nu er de så reduceret til 4:
Tidligere har vi interviewet SAS CEO Anko van der Werff og der siger han noget om den fremtidige SAS flåde. En flåde der nok skal have flere Airbus A321LR, der er mindre fly, som fortsat kan flyve long haul ruter. Vi kender den i dag fra for eksempel Boston og New York. Det er samme type, som skal flyve den helt nye SAS rute mellem Aalborg og New York.
Se selv med og vurder selv:
reached agreements with two additional lessors, representing 13 aircraft in the aggregate, to amend the terms of existing aircraft and equipment lease agreements. With these agreements, SAS concludes its lessor negotiations as part of the chapter 11 process. In total, SAS has reached agreements with 15 lessors, representing 59 aircraft. Through the amended lease agreements, SAS expects to achieve the targeted annual cost savings of at least SEK 1.0 billion in reduced aircraft lease expenses and annual cash flow items relating to aircraft financing. This constitutes an important step in achieving the SEK 7.5 billion in annual cost savings by fiscal year 2026 under the SAS FORWARD plan. The new amended lease agreements are subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) and to the plan of reorganization in the chapter 11 process being confirmed and becoming effective.
As part of SAS’ comprehensive business transformation plan, SAS FORWARD, SAS set a target for annual cost reductions of SEK 7.5 billion by fiscal year 2026, as compared to the annual cost base for fiscal year 2019. An important part of the targeted cost reductions, at least SEK 1.0 billion, are expected to be achieved in reduced aircraft lease expenses and annual cash flow items relating to aircraft financing.
Today, SAS announces that SAS has entered into agreements with two additional lessors – Air Lease Corporation and Jackson Square Aviation – representing 13 aircraft in the aggregate, including one wide body and twelve narrow body aircraft, as well as certain equipment related thereto. With these agreements, SAS concludes its lessor negotiations as part of its chapter 11 process, having reached agreements with 15 lessors in total, representing 59 aircraft in the aggregate, including seven wide bodies and 52 narrow bodies. Through the amended lease agreements, SAS expects to achieve the targeted annual cost savings of at least SEK 1.0 billion in reduced aircraft lease expenses and annual cash flow items relating to aircraft financing, as part of the SAS FORWARD plan.
Anko van der Werff, President and Chief Executive Officer of SAS, says:
“We are pleased to announce that we have reached an important step in our chapter 11 process, having concluded negotiations with aircraft lessors. Through these agreements, we expect to achieve our targeted cost reductions related to annual aircraft lease and financing costs, which constitutes important progress in reaching our overall targets in the SAS FORWARD plan. We are grateful to our lessors for working constructively with us. We continue making progress in our transformation journey and in becoming a more competitive airline.”
As of the date of this announcement, SAS expects its fleet to soon consist of 134 aircraft, of which 35 are contracted through third parties, 22 are owned by SAS and 77 are subject to various financing arrangements. The reconfigured fleet includes 59 aircraft that have been subject to restructuring and 18 aircraft with lease agreement terms that have been determined to be at or better than market levels.