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The route between Scandinavia and China is open

September 5, 2006 07:00

SAS launches direct flight from Stockholm to Beijing

Coinciding with the East-Indiaman Götheborg’s presence in China, SAS announces an increase in traffic to China with the launch of the coveted Stockholm-Beijing route in April 2007.The Götheborg’s visit has received widespread attention in China with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip participating in the activities. Industrialist Jacob Wallenberg, who is currently visiting China, will be pleased that Sweden’s connections with China will be further strengthened with SAS expanding traffic to China.

“We are eager to be flexible and operate flights on routes demanded by customers,” says Lars Lindgren, President of Scandinavian Airlines International. “Since our direct routes to Shanghai and Beijing from Copenhagen are highly appreciated, we see great potential in the Stockholm-Beijing route.”

As of April 2007, the Stockholm-Beijing route will be added to the airline’s already extensive flight connections with the East. There will be four direct flights per week from Stockholm to Beijing. SAS will continue to fly from Copenhagen to Beijing and Shanghai.

Passengers to Beijing from Stockholm will have access to the very highest comfort. The route will be operated with an Airbus 340 aircraft equipped with SAS’s well-known flatbeds in the entire Business Class cabin. The design and functionality of these seats has led to them being called the next generation of airline seats and they can be compared with a real bed when folded into the sleeping position. The new seats provide improved comfort and more secluded space than traditional seats. Departures from Stockholm will be late at night, making it possible to plan an entire day of work prior to the comfortable flight to Beijing.

To create as flexible a journey as possible, customers traveling on the route to Beijing can choose between Business Class, Economy Class and Economy Extra. The Economy Extra cabin will be separate from the rest of Economy area, the seats will be wider and passengers will have more legroom. In this class, it will also be possible to combine other types of tickets, such as Business Class, and security control will be quicker through the Fast Track area.

From as early as 1988, SAS began operating direct flights between Copenhagen and Beijing and since 2004 SAS has also flown from Copenhagen to Shanghai.

In addition to the planned Stockholm-Beijing flights, Scandinavian Airlines International also operates routes to eight destinations in Asia and the US. From Copenhagen, there are direct flights to New York, Washington DC, Seattle, Chicago, Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai. From Stockholm, there are flights to New York and Chicago, and from April 2007 also to Beijing.

For further information, please contact:
Kerstin Edenby-Stross, Director Information & Communication,
Tel. +46 8 797 12 36; e-mail: kerstin.edenby-stross@sas.se

Brief facts about Scandinavian Airlines International, the long haul operator of SAS

No. of passengers per year about 1.5 million. Aircraft 11 Airbus 330/340s Destinations New York, Chicago, Washington, Seattle, Bangkok, , Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo. Copenhagen and Stockholm

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