SAS expanded its European network with the addition of two new services, both of which are launched from Oslo Gardermoen (OSL). With the longest sector being the 2,900-kilometre service to Chania (CHQ) in Greece, launched on 12 April and operated weekly (Saturdays) utilising its 141-seat 737-700s, and the shortest being inaugurated to Edinburgh (EDI) on 10 April and served twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) by a mixed fleet of SAS’ 186-seat 737-800s and 141-seat 737-700s, both airport pairs will be served until 11 October. While the airline’s second route to Edinburgh will face competition from Norwegian’s five weekly services, its fourth route to Greece is already flown by Norwegian with weekly operations. SAS is also planning to commence another service from Edinburgh to Stavanger on 24 April. Commenting on the launch from Scotland, Gordon Dewar, CEO, Edinburgh Airport, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the first of two routes to Norway launching this month. Norway is an important tourism and business link for Scotland and we’re pleased to be working with SAS in developing our good relationship. These services to Oslo and Stavanger will give Scots the chance to visit this beautiful country and allow Norwegian passengers the opportunity to experience all that Edinburgh and Scotland have to offer in 2014.”
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