SAS is preparing to start using the first of eight new Airbus A350s on long-haul routes.

The first of the long range twinjets has been delivered to the Scandinavian carrier and is to enter service on January 28.

The 300-passenger aircraft will operate in a three-class configuration from Copenhagen.

The fuel-efficient aircraft has been earmarked for seven routes in 2020 including Chicago, Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and San Francisco.

SAS is taking delivery of new Airbus A320neos, A330s and A321LRs before the end of 2023 in an overhaul of its fleet.

President and chief executive Rickard Gustafson said: “The A350 is a milestone in the extensive renewal of the SAS fleet which will consist of the market’s most advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft.

“With this aircraft we reduce the fuel consumption compared with the aircraft it replaces, which means reduced carbon emissions by up to 30%. Also, the external noise foot print will be reduced by 40%.

“Along with the new livery, the A350 is a symbol of a more sustainable and competitive future for SAS.

“The aircraft is one of our biggest investments, enabling us to provide an outstanding travel experience.”