Route of the Week: SAS’ Copenhagen to Shanghai
Dragons danced as SAS returned to Shanghai Pudong. Gifts were then exchanged between Jia Rui Jun, President of Shanghai International Co Ltd, and Rickard Gustafson, CEO SAS, who were joined by their colleagues and Li Jing Gao, Senior Officer from CAAC East China, in cutting the ribbon.
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines resumed its route to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) on 1 March. From its Copenhagen (CPH) hub, the Star Alliance airline now flies five times weekly to its second Chinese destination, after Beijing, with 245-seat A340-300 aircraft. The A340 has returned to SAS’ fleet after having been leased out to HiFly of Portugal for two years. SAS previously operated the route between 2004 and 2007. The airline now reportedly expects 100,000-120,000 annual passengers on the route, which is operated out of Copenhagen on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, returning the following day. About 25% of passengers are expected to be Chinese. Scandinavian Airlines’ CCO Robin Kamark commented: “The demand for traffic to China is again growing significantly and we see the need for an additional route, complementing our successful Copenhagen-Beijing and other Asian routes. This new service also offers a multitude of smooth transfers on both ends, making it an accessible and quick route for many European and Asian travellers.”