Sending out an SAS - Issue 4 - Magazine | Monocle

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The carrier

The airline celebrated its 60th birthday in 2006 when it also reported revenues of €6.6bn generated from 164 destinations and 1,515 average daily departures on its 301 planes. The HQ is in Stockholm but SAS is a joint venture between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Lately, SAS has been beset by labour issues.


Macquarie Bank
First opened in 1925, the airport at Kastrup today serves 132 destinations. The Australian Macquarie Bank is the major shareholder (53.4 per cent) while the Danish government holds 39.2 per cent. Macquarie also has stakes in Sydney, Brussels and Rome airports. A new metro system will link airport and city by October.

Push-back tractor

Kalmar Motor
Founded in 1971, Kalmar produces specialised machinery for the airline and car industries, including the TBL 180 push-back tractor that is pictured here. Mats Petersson has run the company since 1997 from the original offices in Kalmar, southeast Sweden. In 2006 the company had a turnover of €5m.

Navigation services

Denmark’s Ministry of Transport & Energy runs Navair which provides navigation services to Copenhagen Airport and oversees all the country’s airspace. Navair trains all its air-traffic controllers at the company’s own college; it currently has around 670 staff. In 2006, company turnover was €101m.

Air bridge

ThyssenKrupp AS
ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems is part of the ThyssenKrupp Group AG, a €36bn corporation. ThyssenKrupp AS is a market leader in manufacturing passenger boarding bridges. The bridges have a minimum 20-year lifespan and Thyssen has installed over 2,500 air bridges worldwide.

Caljan Rite-Hite

Luggage belt
Caljan is headquartered in Hasselager, Denmark, and employs 1,300 people at over 100 locations around the globe. It is a market leader in systems for loading and unloading cargo, with a 35 per cent market share. The ground support machinery shown here is no longer in production.


Airbus Industrie
Thirty-five years ago, Airbus launched with the world’s first wide-body twin-engine passenger jet, the A300, now it has developed the world’s largest jumbo jet the A380. It will carry over 500 passengers. The plane shown here is an Airbus 319. There are 960 Airbus 319 aircraft in service around the globe.


Founded in 1983 by engine makers Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation, MTU Aero Engines and FiatAvio, IAE manufactures the V2500, the power behind the Airbus 319. The V2500 boasts class-leading fuel burn, plus the lowest noise, total emissions and operating costs.

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