Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is celebrating its 70th anniversary today.

The airline was formed on August 1, 1946 to merge the transatlantic operations of Swedish, Norwegian and Danish carriers Svensk Interkontinental Lufttrafik, Det Norske Luftfartselskap and Det Danske Luftfartselskab.

The first flight under the new name took place on September 17, 1946, between Stockholm and New York, using a DC-4 “Dan Viking” aircraft, with stops in Copenhagen, Prestwick and Gander (Newfoundland).

Commenting on the anniversary Rickard Gustafson, CEO and Group President, SAS said:

“The anniversary marks SAS’s position as Scandinavia’s preferred airline, focusing on making life easy for travellers to, from, and within Scandinavia.

“I am grateful to each and every passenger and employee that has contributed to SAS’ 70 year long history and our future to come. We’ve been part of seventy years of unique travel stories, and there are many more to come.”

The carrier recently extended its new Go Light hand baggage-only fare to UK routes, following last year’s trials on selected European flights.