HCA NEWS HCA takes to the skies across Europe

The Scandinavian carrier, SAS, celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen by making the storyteller airborne across Europe. One of their aircrafts, an Airbus 321 carrying 184 passengers, has just been adorned with Andersen's name and silhouette profile.

By tkr - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 19 April 2005

The poet dreamt of flying, and he was early to predict that air travel would become the predominant means of transport over great distances. In his short fairytale Thousands of Years from Now he describes how Americans in the future would arrive "on steam wings through the air across the oceans" to visit Europe. Now Andersen is himself flying across Europe.

The SAS is the Official Carrier of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation and handled the major task of flying all Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors to Denmark in connection with the Fairytale Weekend, 1 - 3 April 2005, which marked the opening of the Andersen bicentenary.

The SAS furthermore supports the humanitarian foundation, the HCA-abc Foundation, which is a fundraising organisation addressing illiteracy worldwide. The SAS is involved in a number of initiatives in support of the HCA-abc Foundation including the stationing of collection boxes at airport terminals and SAS airport lounges.

For further information, please contact Jens Aaløse, Director of Market, Product & Leisure Sales at SAS Scandinavian Airlines Denmark A/S, tel. +45 32 32 36 35, or email .

Photo of the adorned Airbus 321 (Photographer: Henrik Salling).

Image 1: Airbus 321 with designer Christian Persia (Senior Engineer Interiors Aircraft Development at SAS Scandinavian Airlines Denmark A/S)

Image 2: the Airbus 321

Image 3: the Airbus 321

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