SAS Plus on the Airbus A330-300 to Chicago

Unser Flieger nach Chicago - SAS Airbus A330-300 LN-RKR

With the SAS Plus, the Scandinavian airline has created a great product in the premium economy class. In the following trip report you will find out what service and equipment you can expect in SAS Premium Economy on long-haul routes.

After Arrival with airberlin at Terminal 2 of Stockholm International Airport I had to transfer to Terminal 5 for the SAS flight to Chicago. You can easily walk there in 15 minutes.

Willkommen in Stockholm
Welcome to Stockholm


Check-in at the SAS Star Alliance Gold counter was quick and easy. I was able to check in my luggage even though it was over 5 hours until SK945 departed for Chicago. After the security check you are in Terminal 5 in the Duty Free Zone or “Absolut Vodka Paradise”. The price for a 1L bottle of vodka was the equivalent of 20 EUR. Probably quite cheap by Scandinavian standards.

Absolut Vodka Paradies am Flughafen Stockholm (Terminal 5)
Absolut Vodka Paradise at Stockholm Airport (Terminal 5)

Now the search for the lounge began. Like the last time in Copenhagen it's not that easy to find them at SAS. I couldn't find any clue except for a tiny signpost. I was only able to orientate myself with the building postcard. It's best to just find your way to Gate 1 in Terminal 5, at the fork in the road you will find a spiral staircase that leads to the lounge on the 3rd floor.

Weg zur SAS Gold Lounge (Stockholm)
Route to SAS Gold Lounge (Stockholm)

SAS Gold Lounge at Stockholm Airport

The SAS Gold Lounge is similar in design to the lounge at Copenhagen Airport. The only, but very important, difference is the unobstructed view of the apron.

Blick auf das Vorfeld von der SAS Gold Lounge (Flughafen Stockholm)
View of the apron from the SAS Gold Lounge (Stockholm Airport)

The decor is very Scandinavian and kept simple. A lot of work was done with wood and metal, creating seating groups of different sizes. I found it really exemplary that there were enough sockets everywhere and even extra USB slots for charging your own electronic devices. The interior designer simply thought along here!

The buffet is located at the back of the SAS Gold Lounge. Today there was a pasta pesto salad, smoked salmon and various vegetables with dip to choose from. In addition, a soup of the day and various types of bread are offered. The selection of drinks ranges from soft drinks (water, ginger ale, cola, tonic and a Swedish drink I don't know) to various beers, wines and spirits. So nobody has to die of thirst here. After my fellow pilot Robert finally arrived from Munich with a long delay, we had a small lunch and drank one or the other Turborg.

Flight SAS SK945 to Chicago

Around 2:30 p.m. we left the lounge and walked to today's departure gate F66. The brand new Airbus A330-300 Enhanced (registration LN-RKR, first flight on August 26th, 2015) was already waiting at the gate. It took a few minutes before boarding began. No value was placed on booking class and status when boarding. Nevertheless, we were one of the first on the plane and were able to take pictures of the newly designed cabin in peace and quiet.

After we booked our flight to Chicago in June, we decide to buy an upgrade to the next higher booking class via the website Four days before departure we finally got the long-awaited confirmation for an upgrade to SAS Plus (Premium Economy).

SAS Plus (Premium Economy)

The Premium Economy cabin (configuration 2-3-2) is beautifully designed. The seats are upholstered in gray fabric and have a wide seating area. The distance to the front row is generous at 97 cm (headrest to headrest). There is also a footrest on the front seat. Each passenger can charge their electronic devices at an individual socket and USB port.

SAS Plus Kabine (Premium Economy)
SAS Plus Kabine (Premium Economy)

SAS Plus – Inflight Entertainment

Ganz toll ist das neue Inflight Entertainment. Die Bildschirme haben endlich eine gute HD-Auflösung (30 cm Bildschirmdiagonale) und auch der Touchscreen funktioniert präzise und zuverlässig. An unserem Platz in Reihe 24 (24A & B) lagen Ohrhörer und ein Amenity Kit bereit. Man kann aber auch seine eigenen Kopfhörer mitbringen, da der Sitz über eine einfache Klinkenbuchse verfügt. Das Entertainment-System bietet verschiedene Filme (Neue und Klassiker wie “Alien”), einzelne Episoden von Serien, Musik, eine detaillierte Flight Map und zwei Außenkameras. Auch das Essens- und Getränkeangebot kann im Display angeschaut werden.

SAS Plus - Free WiFi on board

Punctually at 3:30 p.m. the boarding of the plane, which was maybe 60% full, was completed and we set back. The taxiway to the runway was very short and the captain took off. After the seat belt signs went out, the WLAN on board was also switched on. This is free for SAS Business and SAS Plus passengers. So I was able to surf the internet for the first time on FL36 and stay in touch with those at home. Already awesome! Sure, the speed isn't great and there are always disconnections, but what can you expect at an altitude of 10 kilometers and when flying over Greenland.

Übertragungsgeschwindigkeit an Bord
Transmission speed on board

Eating and drinking in SAS Plus

First, a bag of salted nuts and various drinks (long drinks, wine, beer, soft drinks and water) were handed out. For the main course we could choose between grilled chicken fillet on grilled vegetables with noodles or cod on rice. We both took the fowl. In addition there was a salad consisting of lots of mayonnaise with crabs and fish. An hour before arriving in Chicago, a small snack (green salad with three slices of ham and potato salad) was served. In general, the service on board was really great.

Arrival Chicago O'Hare

When approaching Chicago O'Hare we had a great view of the sea of ​​lights downtown. The anticipation of the Advent season in the "Windy City" increased!

Downtown Chicago im Anflug auf ORD (by
Downtown Chicago approaching ORD (by

After our arrival at Terminal 5, we were quickly off the plane thanks to row 24 and hurried to immigration. We had often had bad experiences with long waiting times in Chicago and the various desert carriers at the gates next to us didn't promise anything good.

Automated Passport Control (APC) for ESTA travelers

Automatic Immigration (APC) was previously only available to US citizens and Global Entry travelers. Since 2014, ESTA travelers have also been able to complete the formalities at a machine. The user interface can be switched to German and thus saves the possible communication problems with the officials. The formalities are completed quite quickly: you scan your passport, answer questions about entry or customs formalities, have your right hand fingerprinted and take a passport photo with the built-in camera. At the end you get a small piece of paper printed out on thermal paper. With this I had to go to an official, who only asked a few questions about the reason for my trip. It is no longer necessary to fill out the white-and-blue customs declaration “CBP Form 6059B” on the plane.

After collecting our bags from the baggage carousel, we proceeded through customs and out to the waiting point for the hotel shuttles. Lots of buses passed, just never one from our hotel. After 30 minutes of waiting, a stewardess from United helped us out with her iPhone so that we could call our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O'Hare, could report. On the phone I found out that Terminal 5 is only approached on request. We would have liked to have had this information up front. After another 20 minutes the shuttle finally arrived and we were taken to the hotel.

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Evaluation of the SAS Plus in the Airbus A330-300
  • Seat
  • Entertainment
  • Cleanliness
  • Service
  • Beverages
  • Eat
  • Price-performance


With the new cabin and the introduction of Premium Economy on long-haul routes, SAS has a very good product. The seat is very comfortable and the service is excellent. If you decide to upgrade via Optiontown or directly at check-in, the price/performance ratio is right.


My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2021, I live with my wife Christin and our son in Merseburg and work in Leipzig as a product manager. What I love about travelling is flying, discovering delicious food and drink, and staying in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always on the lookout for the next adventure. I have been posting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Philip Schiele

    What like :O you're from Ilmenau, I'm just reading crazy how small the world is :D I'm also from here by birth^^ I stumbled across your blog while looking for a Milage Run and I have to say I think it's really great :) Probably If you get in touch, I would be happy. So from Ilmenauer to Ilmenauer :)

    1. Christian

      Thanks very much! :)
      Yes, the world is small! I was born in Suhl, but studied in Ilmenau. So I'm only a part Ilmenau. ;) Nice that you like our blog. I am very pleased! Which alliance are you interested in?

  2. Phil

    ok genau genommen bin ich auch in Suhl geboren aber in Ilm aufgewachsen ;) An sich möchte ich einen für *Alli machen da ich noch 15.000 Prämien LH Meilen habe a.g. des neuen Jahres aber natürlich keine Statusmeilen mehr bei M&M. Da ich aber dieses Jahr sowieso min 2x in die Staaten fliege wärs schön wenn man da was hinkriegt. Wobei ich mir bei dem 2ten Flug noch nicht sicher bin wie genau der aussehen wird. Im April gehts erstmal nach NYC oder PHL Ex DE und das ganze mal Y+ Ich hoffe die Infos reichen ;)

    1. Christian

      Bei der Star Alliance habe ich auch meinen Status. Allerdings nicht bei LH bzw. M&M sondern bei der griechischen Airline Aegean. Hier benötigte man damals nur 24000 Meilen in 2 Jahren um den Gold Status zu erlangen. Nach einigen Änderungen sind es mittlerweile 72000.
      Wenn du 2x dieses Jahr in die USA fliegst und das beides mal in Y+ bringt dir das zwischen 15000 und 23000 Meilen (abhängig von der Buchungsklasse). Da fehlt noch eine Menge Holz. :) Am erreichbarsten wäre so der FTL bei M&M (30000 Meilen).
      In order to reduce the cent-per-mile ratio, a detour via Scandinavia might be advisable. SAS often has good prices and mostly 100% miles.

      1. Philipp

        Danke für den Tipp :) werde ich mir mal anschauen was da geht :)

  3. Cortez Fresh

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this article plus the rest of the site is really good.

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