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Hainan Airlines To Open Chengdu-Chicago Route From September 16

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Hainan Airlines plans to officially open the Chengdu-Chicago direct flight on September 16. This is another North American direct flight route opened in Chengdu after the Chengdu-Los Angeles and Chengdu-New York routes. Passengers can depart from Chengdu easily to visit the United States.

It is understood that the Chengdu-Chicago route will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 2 times weekly frequency. The cabin layout is spacious and comfortable. The business class is equipped with 180-degree flat seats, BOSE noise-reducing headphones and branded toiletries. Exclusive entertainment on-demand system and East-West cuisine for passengers on both end.

Located in the middle of the United States, Chicago is adjacent to Lake Michigan and is one of the top three cities in the United States, known for its culture, architecture, sports, and cuisine. There is a world-class museum, the Art Museum of Chicago, and the Cloud Gate of Millennium Park, which has been photographed in film and television. It is the hometown of skyscrapers. The city skyline is famous all over the world and is also the home of the NBA Bulls. Chicago is also known as the “Building Capital”, “Music Capital”, “Food Capital”, with music festivals and food festivals throughout the year. With the opening of the Chengdu-Chicago route, travelers can explore the wonders and charm of Chicago more easily.

Chengdu is the gateway to the southwest region and has the reputation of “the fourth city of aviation” in China. It is an international regional center city that is the key to China’s national “13th Five-Year Plan”. In recent years, Hainan Airlines has actively responded to the call by continuing to invest in capacity. It has opened two long-distance intercontinental routes between Chengdu-Los Angeles and Chengdu-New York. The opening of the Chengdu-Chicago route will further improve the route network from Chengdu to North America, meet the increasingly diverse travel needs of travelers in Chengdu and Southwest China, and promote more in-depth exchanges and cooperation between Chengdu and Chicago in tourism and culture.

Up to now, Hainan Airlines has opened 19 North American routes, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Mexico City, Tijuana, forming a rapid transit. The intermodal network layout of intermodal transportation provides a more diverse choice for passengers traveling in North America. At the same time, Hainan Airlines also provides passengers with a wide range of products such as package deals, superior seat selection, business class car transfer, prepaid baggage, upgrade, and air-rail connections to meet the travel needs of different passengers, making it more convenient and comfortable for passengers.

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SAS Presents New Livery After 21 Years

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For the first time in 21 years, SAS has launched a brand new visual identity and revealed a new design for its aircraft exterior. The new livery is a modern take on classic Scandinavian design, and to highlight the future of SAS, the new Airbus A350 and A320neo, the market’s most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft, will be the first to feature the new design.

Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO at SAS
Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO at SAS

“The new livery design is a symbol of our future, a more sustainable and competitive future for SAS, but one that also embraces our heritage. Travelers from Scandinavia will recognize their home, while global travelers will encounter the renowned feeling of the Nordics,” says Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO at SAS.

“Crucial to the successful relationship with our travelers, is the thousands of SAS employees who provide passengers with top class travel experiences and service every day. They are the face of our brand and their commitment is key to a more sustainable and competitive future,” Rickard Gustafson says.

The new SAS livery features several updates, including:

 The previous grey color used on the fuselage has been updated to a fresher shade of grey. 
SAS New Silver Logo
 A big proud and confident SAS logo has been placed at the front of the plane, in a silver grey tone.
 Analysis and customer feedback showed that the unique SAS blue color is strongly recognized by the community of SAS travelers. The new SAS livery embraces this unique relation between SAS and true travelers by enhancing and extending the blue color of the tail further down the belly of the plane. 
The earlier red engines have now been turned into silver grey and dressed with SAS blue crowns to harmonize with the SAS current visual identity, and to also embrace the connection to the SAS blue for SAS true travelers. 
The word mark “Scandinavian” is still located on the engines, but it is now in dark grey, in order to provide sufficient contrast to the light grey and silver color of the fuselage and to flirt with the SAS interior design color scheme. 
The word “Scandinavian” has also been largely and proudly placed under the plane on the belly as a symbol for SAS’s Scandinavian heritage and for clear visual identification from the ground. 
 The Scandinavian heritage is also shown in the three Scandinavian flags that have been updated in a modern, elegant way.

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SAS Relocates Its Stockholm – Los Angeles Route To Copenhagen

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SAS is opening a year-round route to Los Angeles from Copenhagen. The first flight will be in January 2020. Big demand from leisure travelers in Denmark and a more attractive timetable with daily flights mean that the route will be part of the flight program from the new year.

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From 13 January 2020, SAS will be moving its route between Stockholm and Los Angeles to the Danish capital. This won’t be the first route SAS decided to relocate due to the previously introduced Swedish aviation tax(Lag (2017:1200) om skatt på flygresor) which carriers has to pay up to SEK400 (EUR39) on long haul routes departing from Swedish airports. The non-existent flight SK963 was flying between Stockholm – Hong Kong before was moved to Copenhagen under a better time slot in October 2018.

A320neo SAS
A320neo SAS

However, this won’t be the only reason for SAS to make the decision of moving its long haul operation from Stockholm, the “Greta Thunberg effect” has been impacting Swedish travel habits, new buzzwords in Swedish mainstream media like flygskam (flight shame) and tågskryt (train bragging) has made the global air travel industry worried.

SAS is also moving its Los Angeles route to Copenhagen at a strategic time as the other big carrier at CPH – Norwegian will suspend 3 long haul destinations in winter season 2019, routes being canceled are Copenhagen to Fort Lauderdale, New York JFK and Los Angeles. This was seem as a move that the low cost carrier is shifting from growth to profitability, something SAS is also keen on after the week-long strike earlier (from April 26 to May 2) in the summer season.

The ‘new’ route will have an improved timetable from six to seven departures a week from Copenhagen Airport(CPH) starting next March.

“By opening a year-round route to Los Angeles from Copenhagen we are increasing availability and enabling growth. The timetable is attractive, and thanks to the economies of scale we can achieve in fully utilizing our fleet, we are in a position to provide a daily service from Copenhagen Airport,” says Karl Sandlund EVP Commercial, SAS.

“Los Angeles is one of the most in-demand intercontinental routes from Copenhagen, and an important route for our leisure customers in particular, who are keen to visit the American West Coast. We continuously assess our offering in order to optimize our network for our travelers,” says Karl Sandlund.   

Flights from Copenhagen to Los Angeles can be booked from 3 September 2019. The first flight departs 13 January 2020. Passengers with already purchased tickets from Stockholm to Los Angeles, will be rebooked via Copenhagen.

A350-900 SAS
A350-900 SAS

The new time schedule for the route starting January 13th:

Flight SK931 departs from CPH 09:35 and arrives in Los Angeles 12:15 the same day. 
Flight SK932 departs from Los Angeles 14:00 and arrives in CPH 10:10 the day after.

There will be daily departures on the route SK931/932 between Copenhagen and Los Angeles starting on March 31st 2020, something suggests that their newly received A350s next year will come into play here.

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