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SAS to launch direct routes to New Delhi and San Francisco

9th November 2007 Print
Next year, SAS will expand its fleet of aircraft with an additional Airbus A340, thereby making it possible to launch two new intercontinental routes. In autumn 2008, New Delhi in India and San Francisco in the US will be introduced to the traffic program.

India is a market experiencing strong growth and demand for flight connections is increasing. SAS will initially offer four non-stop flights per week between Copenhagen and New Delhi from November 2008.

"We are continuing to focus on satisfying our customers' needs for new destinations by offering time-efficient non-stop connections from Scandinavia. Both India and the US are countries that are attractive destinations for both business and leisure travelers. We will offer an attractive product with three classes onboard and a high level of flexibility," says Lars Lindgren, President of Scandinavian Airlines International.

San Francisco will also become a new SAS destination from autumn 2008 when the traffic program is expanded, initially with three non-stop connections per week between Copenhagen and San Francisco.

"SAS currently has a relatively large traffic program in the US, with direct flights from Copenhagen to New York, Chicago, Washington and Seattle. From Stockholm, we fly to New York and Chicago. Based on our partnership with United Airlines, we have been able to offer a wide range of additional destinations in the US. Due to considerable demand we are now experiencing for travel to California, it feels appropriate that we add our own route to San Francisco," Lars Sandahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Scandinavian Airlines International.

The Airbus 340 to be used on the New Delhi and San Francisco flights has approximately 245 seats in three classes: Business Class, with Business Sleepers (chairs that recline to a bed), Economy Extra - an upgraded economy class with extra legroom and extra in-flight service, and Economy Class.

"The launch of these two routes is part of Scandinavian Airlines International's new expansion strategy, which this year has resulted in the launch of three new routes: from Stockholm to Bangkok and Beijing and from Copenhagen to Dubai," says Lars Sandahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Scandinavian Airlines International.