Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), founded in 1946, is the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark and the largest airline in Scandinavia. SAS operates 256 routes to, from and within Scandinavia. In 2016, SAS carried more than 29 million passengers and operated 813 daily departures. Since 2015, SAS has adapted a production model based on operating a homogenous aircraft fleet under SAS’s own traffic license and using strategic wet-lease partners to manage production with smaller aircraft on routes and departures with lower demand. This has enabled increased flexibility and streamlined and simplified production. SAS now has only two aircraft types for traffic in Europe. At the same time, through expanded wet-lease production, SAS can offer higher frequencies and more destinations. In 2015 and 2016 this strategy resulted in an expansion on long-haul routes to Asia and the US, where SAS now offers departures from main hubs in Scandinavia to Boston, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Miami.