SAS Airbus A320neo Diverts To Milan With Suspected Fuel Leak

A Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A320neo on route from Copenhagen (Denmark) to Nice (France) had to divert to Milan (Italy) after the crew detected indications of a possible fuel leak.

SAS flight to Nice diverts to Milan. Photo: Wikimedia

According to the Aviation Herald, the SAS Airbus registration EI-SIF operating as flight number SK-793 was on route from Denmark to the south of France with 146 passengers on board. While cruising at an altitude of FL390 15 miles northwest of Lugarno (Switzerland) the crew detected what they thought were signs of a fuel leak.

Flight SK-793 was over Switzerland when it diverted to Milan

Despite being well into the flight and not that far from their final destination, the captain of the plane decided to divert to Malpensa Airport in Milan (Italy).

SAS Airbus A320neo Diverts To Milan With Suspected Fuel Leak
Flight number SK-793 diverted to Milan after detecting a possible fuel leak. Image: Flightradar24

The aircraft landed safely on runway 35R some 22 minutes after deciding to abort the flight.

Passengers had to remain on board the aircraft for 20 minutes after landing, with several people reporting a strong smell of fuel. SAS dispatched a replacement Airbus A321-200 registration OY-KBB to Milan to pick up the stranded passengers and deliver them to Nice.

The passengers aboard flight number SK-793 arrived in Nice after enduring an eight-hour delay.

SAS was one of the first airlines in Europe to fly the A320neo

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was one of the first airlines in Europe to take delivery of the world’s most efficient single-aisle twin-engine jet.

A320 cockpit
SAS was one of the first airlines in Europe to take delivery of the A320neo.Photo: Airbus

The Airbus A320neo is a standard Airbus A320 with bigger, more fuel-efficient engines, airframe improvements, and winglets that Airbus calls ‘Sharklets’. Airbus offers two engine choices to airlines ordering the A320neo in the Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan or the CFM International’s LEAP-1A.

Set up as a 50/50 joint venture between American GE Aviation and French Safran Aircraft Engines, the Franco/American engine was chosen to power SAS’s fleet of 18 A320neo’s. With these new improvements, the A320neo offers a fuel saving of up to 15% compared to baseline A320s according to Airbus.

In case you do not know what the suffix neo means, it does not stand for new, recent, revived or modified, but simply “new engine option.” You may also hear people say it stands for “new environment option” a term Airbus came up with to appease environmentalists.

What is SAS’s A320neo like?

Scandinavian Air Services A320neo’s are configured for 174 passengers laid out in 3-3  single-class arrangement with an 18-inch seat width and a pitch of 31 inches according to website SeatGuru.

New cabin SAS 320neo

The new SAS A320neo offers mood lighting and WiFi. Photo: SAS

All seats are covered in a fashionable gray material and cabin colors that are consistent with SAS’s new long-haul cabins.

What is particularly nice about SAS’s A320neo’s is clean, cool Scandinavian feel that is given off by the wood effect bulkhead and the writing over door, one which reads “This is the door to our second home; We are travelers.”

While this slogan certainly applies to the cabin crew, you can be sure that plenty of frequent business travelers can relate to it as well.

SAS deploys its current fleet of 18 A320neo’s on short- to medium-haul routes throughout Europe from its main hubs in Stockholm and Copenhagen.

SAS is very happy with its A320neo’s and has a further 48 on order with Airbus to be delivered between now and 2023.

Simple Flying contacted SAS about the fuel leak and they wrote back saying:

SK793/17AUG CPH-NCE diverted til Milano due to fuel leak. They had indications during the flight, and performed a security landing at Malpenza Airport, where the technical issue was resolved. The Airbus 320 neo in question has resumed to normal operations today.

146 passengers experienced a normal landing at Malpenza, and after a reallocation of aircraft they had a new flight for Nice later in the evening. Of course we are very sorry for the inconvenience to all the passengers that got their holiday on the French Riviera delayed due to the incident

Best regards Knut Morten

Knut Morten Johansen


Head of Media