SAS Plus in the Airbus A330-300 to Los Angeles
Every year I try to escape the mulled wine bustle at the German Christmas markets, but also the dull December weather. This time there was a great offer with SAS Plus to Los Angeles. On the one hand I was able to get some sun, on the other hand my Star Alliance Gold status was almost renewed thanks to the good yield of frequent flyer miles. So I flew to Los Angeles on St. Nicholas Day 2019 in SAS Plus in the Airbus A330-300. In the following Tripreport you will find out what service and equipment you can expect from SAS in the Premium Economy on long-haul flights.
After a short night in the airport hotel I took the shuttle bus in the early morning to terminal 5 of Stockholm airport. As the check-in counters were unfortunately not all staffed, it took a little longer to check in my luggage. But I was able to make up for the longer waiting time thanks to Fast Track at the security checkpoint.
Boarding SK939 to Los Angeles
After a substantial breakfast in the SAS Gold Lounge (link to the Lounge review) I went through the passport control and then to the departure gate F58. The number of passengers in the waiting area already suggested that the Airbus A330-300 was not really fully booked. Thanks to Rob from robisintheair.de I had the information that my neighbour’s seat was blocked in SAS Plus and therefore there was a good chance that it remains free.
Boarding began on time, and first the passengers of SAS Business, SAS Plus or SAS Premium Economy and Status customers were asked to board. As I still had to download some series to my laptop, I didn’t use the priority boarding and almost went on board as one of the last passengers.
SAS Premium Economy in the Airbus A330 – cabin and seat
The cabin of the SAS Plus in the Airbus A330-300 is separated from the Business Class directly after the second door. SAS has installed a total of 56 premium economy seats in eight rows in a 2-3-2 configuration.
Apparently there was a seat change at short notice, and so my neighbour’s seat was occupied. However, as the Premium Economy cabin was only 50% full, I took the opportunity and simply sat down two rows forward in 25H.
The seats in SAS Plus are covered with a grey fabric and comfortably upholstered. In the first Premium Economy row (row 20) there is an adjustable legrest and in the following ones only a footrest. The seat pitch is very large with 96 cm and the seat width is also sufficiently wide. The table was folded into the armrest and was a bit small. Nevertheless, I could work on my laptop without any problems. So that you don’t run out of power, there was a universal socket for each seat and a USB slot on the monitor.
SAS Premium Economy in the Airbus A330 – Service
The service started about 45 minutes after the start with a round of drinks. In the SAS Plus I had a free choice from the drinks menu and ordered a sparkling wine to celebrate the beginning of my short holiday. In addition, I was also asked about my drink request for the meal. For this I ordered a red wine and got two bottles of Italian Syrah. Well then, cheers!
For lunch I had the choice between fish and chicken. I chose the chicken that was served with barley and vegetables. This was joined by a potato salad and a juicy carrot cake.
About five hours before landing a small snack was served. Besides fresh fruit there was a kind of wrap with cheese and an ice cream. The Swedish lingonberry ice cream was really fruity and very tasty!
As we flew over the snow-covered Rocky Mountains at the height of Salt Lake City, another snack was served. There was a piece of smoked salmon with bulgur salad. In addition I ordered a non-alcoholic beer. The American-style wheat beer is brewed by the Mikkeller Brewery especially for SAS and filled into these stylish cans.
On each seat there was also a pillow, a slightly better blanket, a 0.5 liter bottle of still water and an amenity kit. The Amenity Kit in SAS Plus included a toothbrush, sleep mask and earplugs.
SAS Premium Economy in the Airbus A330 – Entertainment
The monitor in the forward seat offered a good selection of movies, series, music and games. There were 61 films available, which could be filtered by different categories. A specific search, e.g. for German audio track, was not possible. A great addition was the display of the two outdoor cameras installed in the aircraft. So I was able to follow the take-off in Stockholm from the perspective of the cockpit.
SAS also offers WLAN on long-haul flights to the USA and Asia. This is available free of charge to passengers in SAS Plus and SAS Business. Unfortunately, the Airbus A330-300 I flew to Los Angeles was the only aircraft not yet equipped with satellite technology. Too bad!
Approach to Los Angeles
After about 12 hours flight we landed on time at the international airport of Los Angeles. This ended a great experience in the SAS Plus.
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Review of the SAS Plus in the Airbus A330-300
The SAS Plus is definitely worth the surcharge to Economy Class. The service is friendly, the range of food and drinks is extensive and the seat is comfortably upholstered. The price-performance ratio is right in my opinion!