On 22 April, the crew of the first flight between Hamburg and Stockholm Arlanda posed with a commemorative banner at the German airport. SAS’ 11 weekly flights will be operated using a mixed fleet of the carrier’s 717-200s, 737-700s and 737-800s. Celebrating the achievement are (left to right): Jörgen Kearsley, GM Aviation Marketing, Hamburg Airport; Stefan Eiche, Regional GM Central Europe, SAS; and Gesa Zaremba, Senior Manager Traffic Development, Hamburg Airport.
- SAS expanded its European network with two new services during the course of last week. On 22 April, the carrier inaugurated its second route to Hamburg (HAM), namely the 829-kilometre sector from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) that will be served 11 times weekly, utilising a mixed fleet of its 115-seat 717-200s, 141-seat 737-700s and 186-seat 737-800s. Two days later, on 24 April, the Star Alliance member commenced its third route to Edinburgh (EDI) with twice-weekly flights (Thursdays and Sundays) from Stavanger (SVG) in Norway, which will be operated using a mixed fleet of the airline's 141-seat 737-700s and 186-seat 737-800s until 5 October. SAS is already flying to Edinburgh with four weekly flights from Stockholm Arlanda and twice-weekly operations from Oslo Gardermoen, with the latter having been launched on 10 April. Only the service to Germany will face competition from germanwings' 15 weekly flights. See how Hamburg Airport's FTWA compares to the other airports in this week's Arch of Triumph competition.