SAS launches its first flight from Stockholm to Los Angeles today as part of the airline’s investment in long-haul expansion.
The new route will introduce daily service from Arlanda to L.A., with an outbound flight SK939 departing Stockholm at 9:50 am and landing in LA at 12:15. The return flight SK940 departs L.A. at 2:15 and arrives to Stockholm, Arlanda at 10:00 am.
“It means a lot to be able to re-introduce our historical route to Los Angeles. With the startup of the route Stockholm – Los Angeles with daily departures, we are once again connecting two highly dynamic and innovative regions in the world,” says Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO at SAS.
New Nordic Comfort Standards
Passengers onboard flights between LAX and Arlanda will enjoy SAS’s newest cabin design featuring SAS Business class, SAS Plus, and SAS Go cabins.
SAS Business class seats are fully lie-flat beds (196 cm) with Hästens bedding for extra comfort while sleeping, large HD screen (15″) and modern in-flight entertainment system, massage feature on seating, room to work and relax, individual and USB power outlets, and lots of little cubby holes for storing the things you’ll want to hand during the flight. All Business class seats have direct aisle access. Business class customers are also able to access snacks and beverages throughout the flight on-demand at the Business class cabin’s self-service bar.
SAS Plus offers a Premium Economy experience with a 38″ pitch (legroom) a 2-3-2 across seating configuration, modern in-flight entertainment system with 12″ HD screens, as well as individual and USB power outlets.
SAS Go is the airline’s Economy cabin in a 2-4-2 configuration with a seat pitch of 31-32″, in-flight entertainment system with 9″ HD screens, and one power outlet per double seat as well as an individual USB power outlet on every seat.
There is high-speed Wi-Fi service onboard.
First Polar Flyover
SAS previously made history in California by introducing a more efficient way to fly to the city of angels.
The first route between Scandinavia and Los Angeles started in 1954 with a flight path which made SAS the first airline ever to overfly the North Pole. To accomplish this new route, SAS developed its own navigation technology which helped shorten the journey to Los Angeles by around 1000 kilometres.
This special navigational system gave SAS an advantage over competitors transporting tourists and those in the film industry between Europe and the U.S.. Other airlines did not catch-up to SAS for five years.
Over the years, a corporate restructuring led to a reduction of long-haul routes, which the airline is now expanding again.
New Routes Coming
SAS currently flies long-haul flights from Scandinavia to New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and will be adding new long-haul flights to Miami and Boston from both Copenhagen and Oslo this year. The Copenhagen-Boston route will launch at the end of March. Flights to/from Miami will commence in September.