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SAS Celebrates 50 Years Flying from Dublin with Style

SAS Celebrates 50 Years Flying from Dublin with Style

The cream of the Irish travel industry were out in force to join SAS at the airline’s 50th anniversary celebration lunch in The Greenhouse, one of Dublin’s Michelin-rated fine dining restaurants. The event was hosted in association with Dublin Airport.

Karen Smyth, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Noeleen Lynch, Atlas Travel Services were at the lunch.

Karen Smyth, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and Noeleen Lynch, Atlas Travel Services, at the lunch

The guests were welcomed by Alan Sparling, former Manager of SAS in Ireland, who is currently the GSA for the carrier.A unique fact is that in the 50 years of operations in Ireland, there have only been two managers,Hans Assa and Alan Sparling

Two of the doyens od the industry, Tony Brazil, Limerick Travel and Ancy McKenna,Atlas Travel joined the celebrations.

Two of the doyens of the industry, Tony Brazil, Limerick Travel, and Andy McKenna, Atlas Travel, joined the celebrations

It all began in 1966 when a young Hans Assa from Denmark arrived in Dublin to open the SAS office and organised the first flight, which was DUB-MAN-CPH, and he quickly built up a strong working relationship with the travel agents in Ireland. The first flight was operated by a SUD-SE 210 Caravelle III aircraft SO it was fitting that Hans and his wife Aileen were guests at the lunch.

John Cassidy, cassidy Travel and Martin Skelly,Navan Travel in relaxed mode.

John Cassidy, Cassidy Travel, and Martin Skelly, Navan Travel, in relaxed mode

Hans Dyhroft, General Manager Europe, who flew in specially to join the 50th anniversary celebrations, pointed out the carrier’s origins and its unique three-country ownership. He thanked all the agents for their loyalty and support down through the years.

Alan Sparling,SAS welcomes Liam Lonergan, Club Travel to the lunch.

Alan Sparling, SAS, welcomes Liam Lonergan, Club Travel, to the lunch

SAS currently operates 24 flights a week to Scandinavia and it is estimated that the airline has carried some 4.5 million passengers on the Dublin routes over the past 50 years.

John ssssssssss, Dublin Airport and David O'Grady,  e-travel.

John  Sisson, Dublin Airport, and David O’Grady, e-travel

Aileen Assa paid a tribute to Hans, in that he has been a wonderful gentleman, as a husband, father and partner.

Hans and Aileen Assa were honored guests at the lunch.

Hans and Aileen Assa were honoured guests at the lunch

Chef Mickael Viljanen produced a fine four-course tasting menu of Gorolles Veloute to start followed by a Gravellax, with a main course of rack of lamb, while dessert was lingonberry with white chocolate.

Some of the guests at the lunch.

Some of the guests at the lunch

Eimer Hannon was at the SAS lunch.

Eimer Hannon, Eimer Hannon Travel

Alan lynch,Travel Escapes meets Hans W. Dyhfort-SAS, and Cormac O'Connell,Dublin Airport.

Alan Lynch, Travel Escapes, meets Hans Dyhfort, SAS, and Cormac O’Connell, Dublin Airport

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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