Scandinavian carrier SAS said on Thursday it had signed a deal to lease its entire fleet of MD-90-30 aircraft to an unidentified U.S. airline.
SAS, half-owned by the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, said in a statement the eight aircraft would be delivered in a period from the third quarter of this year to the end of the second quarter of 2011.
"The MD-90-30 has, in terms of number of aircraft, been a niche aircraft in the SAS Group fleet and this transaction fits very well in to the SAS initiative to simplify and standardize its fleet and thereby reduce the number of aircraft types used in its total fleet," it said.
A number of the aircraft have been in service with Scandinavian airline Blue1 but the carrier is currently updating it's fleet with the McDonnell Douglas MD-95 (Boeing 717-200) and returning it's MD-90-30 fleet to SAS.
The MD-90-30 was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (DAC/MDC) in Long Beach, California.