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1918 Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S (DDL), SAS' Danish parent company, is founded

1920 DDL is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Market

1924 AB Aerotransport (ABA), SAS' Swedish parent company, is founded

1927 Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S (DNL), SAS' Norwegian parent company is founded

1946 SAS is formed from Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S (DDL), Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S (DNL) and Svensk Interkontinetal Lufttrafik AB (SILA). The first intercontinental flight Stockholm - New York.

1951 DDL, DNL and ABA form the present SAS Consortium.

1954 SAS is the world's first airline to fly the Copenhagen - Los Angeles polar route in scheduled services.

1955 SILA (which owned 50% of ABA) was quoted on the "Stockbrokers' List" in Sweden.

1957 SAS is the first airline to offer "round the world service over the North Pole." North Pole Shortcut Copenhagen - Anchorage - Tokyo.

1959 SAS enters the jet age. The first jet aircraft, Caravelle, in service.

1960 SAS opens its first hotel, the SAS Royal Hotel Copenhagen.

1965 SAS is first to introduce and electronic reservation system.

1967 DNL is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

1971 SAS puts its first Boeing 747 jumbo jet into service.

1980 SAS opens its first hotel outside of Scandinavia, the SAS Kuwait Hotel. SILA is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

1981 SAS EuroClass is introduced on all European routes.

1982 SAS is the most punctual airline in Europe for the first time.

1984 SAS receives Air Transport World's distinction "Airline of the Year" for 1983.

1986 Spanair is founded

1989 SAS International Hotels owns 40% of Intercontinental Hotels Group. This
stake sold in 1992.

1994 Focus on airline operations in the SAS Group - sale of a number of subsidiaries.

2005 The SAS Group sells European Aeronautical Group to Navtech Inc. The SAS Group sells Jetpak Group to Polaris Private Equity and 67 % of SAS Component to Singapore Technologies Engineering. Furthermore Carlson Hotels acquires a 25 % stake in Rezidor SAS.

2006 SAS celebrates 60 years. CEO Jørgen Lindegaard leaves SAS on August 1; replaced temporarily by CFO Gunnar Reitan. SAS discontinues Bangkok-Singapore. Rezidor Hotels introduced at the Stockholm Stock Exchange

2007 Mats Jansson becomes new CEO for SAS on 1 Jan. SAS Strategy 2011 is introduced in June. Flight Academy is sold per 12th Feb. SAS Group sold its remaining stake in Rezidor to Carlson Companies

2008 Datagraf acquires SAS Media. SAS Facility Management sold to Coor. SAS Group sells airBaltic to the management of the Company. SAS reopens route to Dehli.

2009 To facilitate the implementation of Core SAS a rights issue of appr SEK 6 billion was carried out.


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