Scandinavian Airlines Ireland, commonly referred to as SAS Ireland or — less often — SAIL is an Irish airline that offers scheduled passenger flights on behalf of its parent company, SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Despite technically being an Irish airline, SAS Ireland is based at both London Heathrow and Malaga airports from where it flies to several destinations throughout Europe.
Scandinavian Airlines Ireland was founded in 2017. The airline was launched by SAS to allow the airline to compete with other European airlines that offer low-cost, short-haul flights such as Norwegian, easyJet, Ryanair, while the parent carrier continued to focus on other international routes outside of Scandinavia.
SAS Ireland offers flights to several destinations within Europe from its bases in London and Malaga. Some of its most popular destinations include Scandinavian cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and others.
Despite being based in London and Malaga, the airline also offers flights between different destinations as well. For example, one of its more popular routes flies between Oslo and Stockholm.
All passengers are given a free carry-on baggage allowance of 8 kg, regardless of which fare they purchase. Baggage must fit within the dimensions of 55 cm (21.6") x 40 cm (14.7") x 23 cm (9") and each passenger is not allowed to bring more than one bag each.
Passengers that purchase the basic SAS Go fare are not given a free checked baggage allowance.
If passengers upgrade to the SAS GO LIGHT fare, they're given a free checked baggage allowance of one piece weighing a maximum of 23 kg.
Passengers that buy any of the SAS PLUS fares are given a free an allowance of two free checked bags, weighing a maximum of 23 kg per piece.
Checked baggage cannot exceed the overall sum of 158 cm (length + width + height).
SAS Ireland flights feature an all Economy Class cabin. The airline offers a great value service that gives passengers all they need to get to their destinations safely and comfortably.
Within the cabin, passengers can purchase multiple fares, each gives a different degree of flexibility, as well as different baggage allowance. For example, the most basic fare, SAS GO LIGHT, is completely non-refundable and offers no checked baggage, whereas the airline's highest fare, SAS PLUS FULL FLEX, allows for complete flexibility when it comes to refunds and changes, plus it gives two free checked bags.
Seats are set out in a 3 x 3 formation.
Passengers can purchase a range of snacks and drinks once in-flight. The in-flight menu regularly changes throughout the year, however, passengers can expect an offering of sandwiches, potato chips, chocolate and hot, cold, alcoholic and soft drinks.
Payment for food and drink is made at the time of ordering, once in-flight.
SAS Ireland offers high-speed WIFI on most flights. The WIFI gives passengers the capability to use their personal device to browse the web, catch-up on emails, scroll through social media platform, as well as stream videos on Netflix and other popular streaming websites and apps.
Unless it's included within the price of the fare, passengers must pay a fee to use the WIFI. This can be purchased once in-flight.
There's no in-flight entertainment system installed on the airline's planes. However, passengers can connect their laptops, phones or tablet to the airline's WIFI network and stream their favourite films, TV shows, music and more.
Passengers can check-in online via the SAS online check-in page. Online check-in opens 30 hours before scheduled flight departure time. To complete online check-in, passengers must enter their booking reference and last name.
Passengers can also check-in at the airport for their flight. Airport check-in can be completed one of two ways. Passengers can either use the airline check-in desk or use the self-service kiosks, which are available at select airports. Airport check-in opens two hours before scheduled flight departure time.
The airline's fleet is made up entirely of Airbus A320neo planes.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is an international airport in London, England and the main gateway and busiest airport in the UK. SAS Ireland has used London Heathrow as one of its two main hubs since it launched in 2017. It began using its second hub at Malaga Airport in 2018. London Heathrow has five terminals, two runways and handles more than 80 million passengers each year. The majority of SAS flights flying out of London Heathrow are operated by SAS Ireland, rather than the parent carrier.
Other than SAS Ireland, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also use London Heathrow as a hub. Aeroflot, Asiana Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, LOT Polish, Philippine Airlines, Saudia, TAP Portugal, TAROM, United Airlines and Vueling are among the many other airlines that fly to/from the airport.
easyJet, Norwegian and Wizz Air are all airlines that fly similar routes to Scandinavian Airlines Ireland.