Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced it will restart service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and introduce Miami International Airport (MIA) to its long haul network in 2016. In addition, it will increase frequency in five other routes as the airline forecasts additional passenger demands in the future.
With Los Angeles and Miami, SAS would be serving seven US cities through four different Scandinavian airports (Stockholm Arlanda Aiport (ARN), Copenhagen Airport (CPH), Oslo Airport (OSL) and Stavanger Airport (STV))
- The new Los Angeles flight commences on March 1, 2016 from ARN on board an Airbus A340. Outbound to LAX will have good connections to other US west coast cities via Star Alliance partner United Airlines (UA). Inbound to ARN will have afternoon connections to other European cities.
- The new Miami flights will commence in Fall 2016 from both CPH and OSL on board an Airbus A330-300 Enhanced.
Outbound to MIA provide passengers opportunities to connect to cruises and connection flights to South America. Inbound to ARN will have afternoon connections to other European cities.
All flights will have the new SAS cabins on board (refer to our coverage on the major cabin upgrades here) and will cut travel time by three hours.
Additional Frequencies on Other Routes
SAS will also being daily operations after its Winter 2016 schedule:
Copenhagen – Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)(+2 flights per week)
Stockholm – O’Hare International Airport (ORD) (+1 flight per week)
Stockholm – Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) (+1 flight per week)
Oslo –Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) (+1 flight per week)
Copenhagen – San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (+1 flight per week)
By Spring 2016, SAS will have 11 Airbuses available for its long haul network. Besides the US, the Scandinavian Airlines will also these planes to operate to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)(September 2015), Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) and PVG.
SAS will continue to be the leading carrier from the Nordic to US through 2016 as it continues to build its network to compete with the surging low cost and network carriers Norwegian Air and FINNAIR respectively.
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