As you know I did a lot of travelling round Scandinavia and to get between the different countries I took trains, cars and planes. SAS aka Scandinavian Airlines are the most popular airline in the area (above Air Baltic and Norwegian) and they do a lot of flights between Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the rest of the world. I figured I had to try them out and so here’s the goss!
I booked online on their site which did feel a little dated (parts of it reminded me of Teletext weirdly). They’re pretty budget as the flights aren’t super long and therefore you have to pay extra for amenities, baggage, food etc. I flew with them from Bergen to Copenhagen on a night flight and it was about a quarter full. Having a row to myself was lovely as I got to peek out the window at the most incredible sunset. I took almost a hundred photos of the sky turning from yellow to orange to pink amongst the fluffiest clouds ever. Having a great sunset isn’t a reflection on the airline but it definitely improved my experience hah.
So the plane was a 737-600 and a 3, aisle, 3 layout. There was no first class section as far as I’m aware but there are more expensive tickets you can buy. These included amenities like faster boarding, use of the lounge, an inflight meal, get to sit closer to the front etc. There were food and drinks available for purchase including some Scandi favourites (all of which reasonably priced). I really loved the design of the menu and inflight magazine. The bold text and cut-out tabs was very fitting with Scandi design. I wonder why they don’t do this on their website? The site is quite bland and bog standard which is a real shame, especially as their photography is so engaging and beautiful (it’s bloody mountains and lakes dang it). Maybe it’s something they’re in the process of changing though.
Chairs were cotton-padded and bright blue. No headrests or anything fancy but for these short haul flights it’s fine. You actually have two ‘rack’ areas, one above your tray table with the magazine, menu, sick bag etc. and then a stringed one on the bottom for your own belongings which is a neat feature for people that like to get all their stuff out and within reach. I normally do the clipped bag trick (I put all my pocket stuff, phone and wallet etc. in a small drawstring bag and clip it to the rack on flights) but here there’s no need here as they’ve supplied a temporary home already.
Would I fly SAS again? Yeah why not. They aren’t the most exciting airline with their design and features (compared to say WOW air or Norwegian) but the whole process was smooth and I felt comfortable and safe. I don’t know how often I’ll be in Scandinavia and therefore won’t necessarily have much access to them but if I’m in the area I’ll possibly hit them up haha. The only reasons I wouldn’t is a) they were more expensive and b) because they aren’t part of my loyalty programs but that’s it. Honestly though most of the flight was spent looking out the window at the gorgeous views so they could’ve gotten away with bloody murder haha. Hope this helped a smidge if you’re considering SAS and I’ll see you in a few days!