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SAS Is Moving Their Hong Kong Route to Copenhagen

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The Swedish government has introduced a new aviation tax which could cost passengers up to 400 SEK for long haul flights. As the main hub operator in Sweden, SAS group today came out with the following statement what can be see as a direct reactions towards this new policy:

Picture from SAS Campaign

“In October, SAS will open a new route from Copenhagen to Hong Kong. This means that the route that currently flies from Stockholm, Arlanda, to Hong Kong, will be moved to Copenhagen, Kastrup, starting from the 2018 winter program.”

The website also stated many challenges SAS has been facing operating the route under current time slot. As I have wrote previous before, the time slot at Hong Kong is a key factor where they’ve been struggling to get passengers to travel with them. See below their current schedule:

The inbound flight to Stockholm has boarding time at 9:20 AM, which is hard to attract premium travellers, however, that’s not the only issue here, as the route does not have any onward codesharing flights within Asia, which could be another reason why they’ve been struggling to make a profit.

Now with the new Swedish aviation tax, it would be even harder for them to offer competitive pricing on such route, Copenhagen would be a wise option for them, judging that Copenhagen airport isn’t really that far away from Sweden, many Swedish reside near the Malmo area can easily reach Copenhagen.

So they aren’t necessary losing much in the market here either, the new route will be schedule first on the 28th October 2018, operating under the following schedule:

You can see that they are trying to maximise their aircraft usage here, with both outbound and inbound flight being night flight, this could be more attractive to many passengers, both business and leisure.


Cathay Pacific A350

Cathay Pacific currently operating flights under a seasonal schedule three times a week from Hong Kong to Copenhagen. It could be easily turned into a yearly scheduled route determined by their excellent overall product. Cathay in many ways is much more attractive to passengers compared to SAS, not to mention the 1.4 Billion market of mainland China they can easily tap into. While competing with SAS on level playing field can be exciting, I can’t help but imaging the tough competition both airlines would be facing, though it would always be good if passengers can benefit from cheaper travel costs.

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SAS Resume Once Weekly Flight To Shanghai With A350

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SAS A350 Livery Rear View

From 29 September, Scandinavian Airlines will once again be possible to fly direct to China. Direct flights between Scandinavia and China with SAS has been stopped since 31 January. The airline has obtained approval from the Chinese authorities and is reopening the route from its hub from Copenhagen to Shanghai with a weekly frequency.


SAS will resume flights from Copenhagen Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport on September 29, 2020. The flight runs once a week from Copenhagen to Shanghai every Tuesday and from Shanghai to Copenhagen every Thursday. This route will use our brand new Airbus 350 to fly. The Airbus 350 has advanced engines and cabins, which can reduce emissions by 30% compared to the models it replaces. The specific flight schedule is as follows:

  • SK997 takes off from Copenhagen at 18:40 and arrives in Shanghai at 10:55+1 (the next day)
  • SK998 Departs from Shanghai at 13:10 and arrives at Copenhagen at 18:30

The reopening of this route is vital for trade. 

With the reopening of the route, SAS is aiming to meet demand for business travel and air freight services between Scandinavia and China.

At the end of October, SAS is also planning to resume flights to Beijing provided that SAS obtains the necessary approval from the authorities.


SAS is currently flying to 75 destinations and operates up to 380 flights a day. 

SAS is monitoring market developments on a weekly basis and is ready to step up its services when travel restrictions are eased and demand for travel increases again. 

SAS has introduced a range of measures aimed at meeting new demands in the work to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please find more information here.


SAS Business Class Cabin Bar
SAS Business Class Cabin Bar

Regarding Onboard Service:

SAS Gold airport lounge at Copenhagen Airport is now open and has been adjusted according to the current situation, providing some packaged food and some buffet meals. SAS have also stepped up cleaning efforts and focused on maintaining a safe distance and reducing contact.

During the flight, meals and beverages are being provided no matter which class you are in, passengers can enjoy two meals during the flight, however, the bar in business class was temporarily closed during this period. The catering services will be different from the past due to pandemic restrictions.



SAS, Scandinavia’s leading airline, flies 30 million passengers to, from and within Scandinavia each year. The airline has three main hubs – Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm – with more than 125 destinations in Europe, USA and Asia. Spurred by a Scandinavian heritage and sustainable values, SAS will reduce total carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025 and use sustainable aviation fuel equivalent to the total fuel used to operate all SAS domestic flights, by 2030.

In addition to flight operations, SAS offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services. SAS is a founder member of the Star AllianceTM, and together with its partner airlines offers around 19,000 daily flights to over 1,300 destinations worldwide.

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