Mats Jansson new President and CEO of SAS

The Board of Directors of SAS AB, October 20, appointed Mats Jansson new President and CEO of SAS. He is 54 and was most recently President and CEO of Axel Johnson AB with sales of some USD 5 billion and 15,000 employees in 30 countries. The Johnson Group works in areas ranging from distribution of consumer products to industrial production.
“Mats Jansson is a respected leader who for twelve years has been President and CEO of a large number of major companies with Nordic and international operations, including Catena/Bilia, Fazer and Axfood,” says Egil Myklebust, Chairman of the SAS Board of Directors.
“Mats Jansson is a leader with documented skills and experience of both the consumer and business-to-business sectors. He is accustomed to working in sectors characterized by major changes. He is an energetic, motivated, secure and open person. The Board is unanimous in its view that he is the right leader to continue developing SAS,” continues Egil Myklebust.
“SAS is a brand with positive connotations, and SAS has a large customer base and skilled employees,” says Mats Jansson. “Both the airline industry and SAS still need to undergo changes. In the increasingly tough competition, SAS and its flight operations have strong growth potential.”
Mats Jansson will begin his employment with SAS 1st January 2007. 
SAS AB is the Nordic region’s largest listed airline and travel group. The SAS Group offers air transport and related services from its base in Northern Europe. The Group also includes hotel operations with Rezidor SAS Hospitality.
Scandinavian Airlines is a part of SAS Group, which comprises more than 20 subsidiaries and affiliates in Europe, including the airlines Spanair, SAS Braathens, Wideroe’s Flyveselskap and Blue1 and the partly owned airlines airBaltic and Estonian Air. 
Scandinavian Airlines serves six weekly flights between Bangkok and Copenhagen with convenient connections to more than 60 cities in Europe and North America.  Scandinavian Airlines also operates intercontinental flights from Copenhagen/Stockholm to Beijing, New York, Chicago, Washington, Seattle, Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The airlines recently introduced the new SAS Business Flat Beds onboard SAS intercontinental flights from Asia to Europe.

Scandinavia-China Route is open
SAS launches direct flight from Stockholm to Beijing Coinciding with the East-Indiaman Götheborg’s presence in China, SAS announces an increase in traffic to China with the launch of the coveted Stockholm-Beijing route in April 2007.
“We are eager to be flexible and operate flights on routes demanded by customers,” says Lars Lindgren, President of Scandinavian Airlines International. “Since our direct routes to Shanghai and Beijing from Copenhagen are highly appreciated, we see great potential in the Stockholm-Beijing route.”
As of April 2007, the Stockholm-Beijing route will be added to the airline’s already extensive flight connections with the East. There will be four direct flights per week from Stockholm to Beijing. SAS will continue to fly from Copenhagen to Beijing and Shanghai.
From as early as 1988, SAS began operating direct flights between Copenhagen and Beijing and since 2004 SAS has also flown from Copenhagen to Shanghai.
In addition to the planned Stockholm-Beijing flights, Scandinavian Airlines also serves six weekly flights between Bangkok and Copenhagen with convenient connections to more than 60 cities in Europe and North America. Scandinavian Airlines also operates intercontinental flights from Copenhagen/Stockholm to Beijing, New York, Chicago, Washington, Seattle, Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The airlines recently introduced the new SAS Business Flat Beds onboard SAS intercontinental flights from Asia to Europe.
Brief facts about Scandinavian Airlines International, the long haul operator of SAS No. of passengers per year about 1.5 million. Aircraft 11 Airbus 330/340s Destinations New York, Chicago, Washington, Seattle, Bangkok, , Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo. Copenhagen and Stockholm

For media information please contact:
Khun Kornkamol Charanasri, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator
Tel 02 645-8221, Fax 02 665-2900, e-mail sas.th@sas.se

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