In 2021 SAS Group announced that they were to launch 2 new airlines in early 2022. These will be SAS Connect and SAS Link, both airlines will operate as low-cost airlines. It is planned that SAS Link will operate a fleet of Embraer 195 aircraft. SAS Link is expected to primarily serve the northern European area from their hub airport, Copenhagen Kastrup. SAS Group announced that both new airlines will be wholly-owned subsidiaries, each with its own AOC (Air Operators Certificate). However, the airlines will use SAS facilities, platforms and marketing. The new airlines are to help SAS react to changing market demands to stay competitive.
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SAS Group hasn't yet published the intended route network for the airline, however, they have stated that SAS Link will operate north European routes.
SAS Link hasn't launched yet and information about the airline is limited at the moment. The airline hasn't yet publicly stated its cabin baggage policy. However, a personal item such as a camera bag, ladies handbag or small backpack may be permitted free of charge. However, this is unsure, as the airline will be low-cost so SAS will need to determine how this will look within their group.
Similarly, SAS Link hasn't yet determined what their checked baggage policy will be. However, it may be expected that if operating as a low-cost airline then luggage will come at an additional cost.
Online and Mobile Check-in
SAS Group has announced that although operating under its own AOC the majority of its services and facilities will be SAS Airlines. This means that it is expected that the airline will allow their passengers to check-in online via the SAS Airlines website or App.
Additionally, it is anticipated that the airline will have airport check-in facilities. As the airline will use SAS facilities, passengers can expect to head to an SAS Airlines counter or kiosk when at the airport. However, as the airline is operating as a low-cost carrier it is unsure if there will be rules based on ticket type for airport check-in.
SAS Link is expected to have an all-economy fleet due to it operating as a low-cost carrier. The airline is planning on operating the Embraer 195 aircraft which means SAS Link may furnish their cabins with 2x2 across seating. However, because the airline hasn't yet launched and SAS Group haven't received these aircraft the configuration is unknown. It is expected that complimentary snacks and beverages won't be provided by the airline. However, more information will be provided once the airline has launched.
Being a low-cost European airline it is not expected that in-flight entertainment will be provided. However, there should be the airline's magazine in the seat pocket for you to browse.
Parent company SAS Airlines doesn't offer complimentary snacks and beverages on their European flights for economy passengers. It is expected that this will be the same for SAS Link, that complimentary snacks won't be provided for anyone. However, it is expected that a purchasable service will be available during the flight.
Mainline SAS Airlines have installed Wifi facilities on their aircraft at an additional charge for select passengers. It is unknown if the new Embraer 195 aircraft will have this installed for SAS Link to offer it as an option.
SAS Link is expected to operate a fleet of 6 Embraer 195 aircraft once launched.
As SAS Link will utilise a large part of SAS Airlines facilities, it is expected that members of the EuroBonus programme will be able to redeem and be rewarded for flying with SAS Link.
As SAS Airlines is already a member of Star Alliance it may be possible that SAS Link will become an affiliate member, however, this is unsure and will be decided by SAS upon the airline's launch.
Copengagen Kastrup Airport
Copenhagen Kastrup Airport is set to be SAS Link's hub airport and where the airline will initially begin operating from. The airline plans to operate northern European services directly from Copenhagen. Kastrup airport is already a hub of SAS Airlines, which offers onward connections to both European and international destinations. This will make transfers even easier for SAS Link passengers as they will be able to connect onto a SAS or SAS Connect service. The airport also boasts a wide range of airlines and destinations across Europe and internationally for you to choose from. The airport is currently served by Easyjet, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Sunclass and more. You can easily travel from Copenhagen to a diverse route network including Doha, London, Berlin, Bangkok, Rome, Beirut, Dubai, New York and others. Copenhagen Airport is served by both rail and metro services as well as a bus link making it easy to get to the airport from central Copenhagen or from further afield.
There are numerous airlines across Denmark and the Nordic nations with which you could choose to fly with. Some may include Finnair, Lufthansa, TUIfly Nordic, Norra, Sunclass, airBaltic and more.