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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced today that it is adding its ninth North American destination this summer: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). This new route comes shortly after the founding member of Star Alliance announced that it plans to leave and join SkyTeam, which is led by Delta Air Lines and its mega-hub in Atlanta (more here).
Flights between Copenhagen Airport (CPH) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) will operate daily flights beginning on June 17th for the summer and then 5x weekly the rest of the year on an Airbus A330-300 with 32 Business Class, 56 Premium Economy, and 174 Economy Class seats.
In addition to the new route, SAS is increasing frequency to the United States this summer. Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will fly 2x daily (in addition to the existing daily flights between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN), Oslo Airport (OSL), and Copenhagen Airport (CPH). Flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Copenhagen Airport (CPH) will also operate daily this summer. A fourth weekly flight will also be added between Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to/from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
SAS will serve nine North American destinations this summer, including:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
SAS President & CEO, Anko van der Werff, said:
Through an agreement with Delta Air Lines, passengers can continue their journey on other Delta-served destinations out of Atlanta. This development means an expanded offering for SAS passengers, who can look forward to reaching several new and exciting destinations across the Southern USA, Caribbean, and Latin America, all conveniently accessible from Atlanta.”
Increasing frequency to New York, Boston, and adding Atlanta will position SAS to take advantage of the connecting traffic Delta Air Lines offers from these three hubs. While no date has been officially announced for the move from Star Alliance to SkyTeam, it’s in the works and SAS is planning in advance.
Anthony’s Take: Let’s see how long it takes for other destinations to change once SAS is officially part of SkyTeam. I could see Newark service shift to JFK and Detroit or Seattle added to the mix.
(Image Credits: SAS.)
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