SAS will fly to Los Angeles and Miami in 2016 as the European airline makes another move on the US market.
First up will be flights between Stockholm and Los Angeles, commencing March 14, with the Star Alliance member tapping into Tom Bradley International Terminal – giving business class passengers and top-tier EuroBonus Gold, Diamond and Pandion members access to the terminal's excellent Star Alliance lounge.
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Flight SK933 will depart Stockholm's Arlanda Airport at 9.50am to reach Los Angeles at 12.15pm; the return leg SK934 is wheels-up from LAX at 2.15pm for a civilised 10am touchdown at Stockholm.
SAS says the Los Angeles flights will run daily throughout the summer schedule but drop back to "five to six weekly flights" in winter, with first tickets on sale from August 20.
Daily services to Miami will begin in northern autumn 2016, but with a split schedule operating from both Oslo (SK955/956, running four times per week) and the Danish capital Copenhagen (SK953/954, three flights per week).
Los Angeles and Miami will join New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco and Houston on SAS' network map and be served by Airbus A330 and A340 jets fitted with the airline's latest business class seats.
Their ability to convert to a fully flat bed – topped by a mattress, blanket and pillow from Hästens, the oldest bed manufacturer in Sweden – will be welcome on those long-haul flights.
Norwegian Air also flies to Los Angeles and Miami using its fleet of the more fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Scandinavian Airlines – the common flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden – also plans to launch flights between Stockholm and Hong Kong in mid-September, which will complement current Asian services to Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.
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