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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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  1. Klaria

    September 5, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Exciting! Fake new route much

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SAS To Join ANA With Tokyo Operation Shift To Haneda

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SAS A350 With New Livery, Courtesy of SAS

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) earlier today came out with a statement that they will shift their Copenhagen – Narita service to Haneda. The route will gives travellers access to downtown Tokyo directly with 30 domestic codeshare destinations with its Star Alliance partner All Nippon Airways (ANA). The metropolitan area of Tokyo has two international airports are looking to increase Japan’s tourist numbers by adding significantly more international flights ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Japan’s biggest airport, Haneda, is more ideally located for business travellers and the airport is set to add 50 international routes per day as, starting in late March 2020, the government of Japan for the first time will allow aircraft to fly over central Tokyo during the day.

SAS New Livery, Courtesy Of SAS
SAS New Livery. Courtesy Of SAS

The direct Copenhagen-Haneda route will be served by SAS’ brand new Airbus A350 aircraft. As the most environmental-friendly airplane on the market, the A350 will reduce emissions by 30 percent compared to earlier generations of similar long-haul aircraft.

“Japan is already a very popular destination, and this will provide a positive boost for our travellers, both in relation to business travel and tourism. The new service offers an attractive timetable to Haneda and we hope it will be well received and appreciated by our travellers throughout Scandinavia and Japan, SAS looks forward to the opportunity to serve Haneda from summer season 2020 in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With this initiative, SAS aims to support Olympic athletes in the national teams of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in their quest for Olympic success

Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, SAS.

There is a large Scandinavian common market with a strong interest in Japan, both for leisure and business travel. The route is particularly well timed as SAS is in a unique cross border partnership with the three national Scandinavian Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committees and will be their principal airline partner during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

SAS A350 Business Cabin, Courtesy Of SAS
SAS A350 Business Cabin. Courtesy Of SAS

  • Additional cities (Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen and Stockholm) are part of the 12 new routes ANA will serve out of Haneda Airport starting in 2020.
  • ANA will also be increasing the frequency of the Haneda – Los Angeles and Haneda – Sydney route in 2020.
  • The routes are part of ANA’s dual hub strategy to enhance its international network as Tokyo metropolitan airports continue to expand.

The two international airports had different roles when Narita first opened in 1978, Haneda was focused on domestic service while both ANA and JAL had to move their entire long-haul network til Narita. But since the opening of a fourth runway in 2010, the government of Japan has been gradually approve more international service from Haneda, with Narita will continue to serve more long-haul routes than Haneda, for legacy carriers like ANA and JAL, Haneda will become ever more important for capturing business travellers who are less price sensitive.

ANA will shift its U.S. destinations of San Jose, California, and Washington to Haneda with new destinations like San Francisco, Milan and Istanbul be added. This will shift ANA’s long haul operation to be more focused at Haneda. More capacity between Japan and Scandinavia will be added in spring 2020 when All Nippon Airways opens a new route between Haneda and Stockholm.

Shinjuku Skyline Courtesy Of SAS
Shinjuku skyline at sunset taken from Shibuya, Tokio. Courtesy Of SAS

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Urumqi Airlines To Add 3 New Destinations From China To Nagoya, Japan

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Urumqi Air's First COMAC ARJ-21-700

From December 30, Urumqi Airlines plans to open two new international routes from Urumqi to Nagoya, Japan. With the opening of Urumqi(URC) – Wuhan(WUH) – Nagoya(NGO) from the 30th of December, with flights scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; Urumqi(URC) – Jinan(JNA) – Nagoya(NGO) route will be opened on December 31 for every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The route is the second and third international scheduled routes opened by Urumqi Airlines. The opening of this international route indicates that Urumqi Airlines will further accelerate the pace of international route network build-up, and is these route layout is significant for Urumqi Airlines to create a “connected Eurasian” network.

Urumqi Air Deploys Majorly The All Economy Configuration 186 Pax B737-800
Urumqi Air Deploys Majorly The All Economy Configuration 186 Pax B737-800

In the past, citizens of Urumqi and surrounding areas traveling to and from central Japan required transit in cities such as Xi’an and Beijing, which took a lot of time. After the opening of the route, Xinjiang passengers only need 9 hours to reach central Japan, which greatly reduces the travel time and travel costs of passengers. In addition, the route connects the two secondary aviation hubs of Wuhan and Jinan in China, enriching the routes and time options for passengers from the two places and surrounding provinces and cities to Japan. At the same time, the opening of the route provides a more convenient air channel for economic and trade exchanges and cultural exchanges between these cities.


The flights from Urumqi (URC) to Nagoya (NGO) via Wuhan (WUH) will operate with the following schedule starting on December 30, 2019:

  • UQ2657 / URC – WUH / 7:05AM – 11:25AM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2657 / WUH – NGO / 1:05PM – 5:15PM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2658 / NGO – WUH / 6:45PM – 10:05PM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2658 / WUH – URC / 11:55PM – 4:20AM (Fri, slightly different on Mon & Wed)

The flights operating via Jinan (TNA) will operate from December 31, 2019, with the following schedule:

  • UQ2659 / URC – TNA / 7:30AM – 12:00PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2659 / TNA – NGO / 1:30PM – 5:15PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2660 / NGO – TNA / 6:45PM – 9:15PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2660 / TNA – URC / 11:50PM – 4:30AM+1 (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)

None of the flights between Urumqi and Nagoya will be non-stop and it would still be difficult to foster them in the future, as there are currently 10 other Chinese carriers serving flights to Nagoya from 23 cities in mainland China. As for the two routes Urumqi Air is serving from Wuhan and Jinan, both airports are already served by other Chinese carriers who are competing on the same route, with Shandong Airlines serving Jinan and Nagoya 3 times weekly and China Southern serving Wuhan – Nagoya with twice weekly as well.

Urumqi Air B-1569 At BoAo Airport, China
Urumqi Air B-1569 At BoAo Airport, China

From 1st April earlier this year, Urumqi Airlines implemented service differentiation and customisation on its entire flight network which divided baggage allowance and meal policies into four different classes, with baggage allowance ranging from 10kg to 30kg and after the new implementation, meal service for flights within three hours will be cancelled, with more snack options being added for purchase.

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