Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3566 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
Has SAS ever served LAX? Why don't they now? (or if they do serve LAX, someone please correct me!) It would seem that there could be a fairly large market for SoCal - Scandinavia non-stops. Of course, the fact that there are currently NO flights between these two regions might indicate otherwise!
(Of course, SAS serves Seattle, so again, why not LA?)
Zander From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 610 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3020 times:
SAS served LA for some years ago, what I know the type was mostly the DC10.
The route wasn't profitable so they drop it.
They have nowadays thoughts about a San Fransisco route from CPH because of their large amount business travellers. I assume there wasn't enough business travellers flying to LA, that's why they dropped it.
I am not sure if this is correct but that's what I have heard.
Heisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3009 times:
I belive there are some problems regarding flying time as well. A nonstop service would due to the long flight time have to be served by two aircrafts in order to have a daily service.
As of today SAS have to few aircrafts.......belive it or not.
There are rumors about SAS starting a route Oslo- Chicago.
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
Will SAS be receiving long-haul aircraft soon? I have no doubt that there are far more business people in LA than in Seattle. Frankly, there are a lot more people in the LA area than in the Bay area, and I don't think an airline would skip LA if it were looking for business travellers.
Lufthansa, British Airways, Virgin, Air France, AOM, SwissAir, KLM, Alitalia, and Aerlingus operate flights into LAX. It would be great to see carriers such as SAS, Iberia, Olympic, and IcelandAir come to LA as well. Of course, I'm not sure a 757 could make LA-Reykijavik (spelling?) non-stop...(i doubt it)
Zander From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 610 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2971 times:
There are a lot of Scandinavian people or people with scandinavian relations living in the Seattle area, that's why SAS serves it daily.
And yes, it seems to be more business travellers around SF then it is in LA, I doubt it, but that's what I have heard.
By the way I flew Icelandair from Orlando-Reykjavik and Reykjavik-JFK. Both flights were very long for 757 in my opinion, the MCO-KEF flight took about 7 hours or so.
I doubt it could fly nonstop to LAX.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6699 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2962 times:
Since SAS became a Star Aliance partner the more thin long haul routes have been more or less split among the aliance partners. So on some US destinations you may have to connect through for instance Frankfurt and catch Lufthansa. If for instance you live in Jutland, Denmark, which half of the Danish population does, then it is often all the same to take a Maersk Air 737 from Billund to CPH or FRA and continue with SAS or LH. For other US destinations LH may send Germans to CPH to continue on a SAS plane.
When SAS earlier had a handful of US destinations, mostly from Copenhagen, then I think that their philosophy today is to spread their US routes between all three Scandinavia capital cities and have fewer US destinations, mainly aliance partner UAL hubs. And then let UAL spread the customers to several dozens of US destinations.
If I was a SAS CEO, then I would think in that way. And I think that customers mostly agree. Simply because it often gives one less connecting flight within Scandinavia.
Best regards, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
Gibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2955 times:
Does SAS follow a hub-to-point or a hub-to-spoke strategy? What US destinations do they serve? If they would go by a hub-to-spoke, they would - like Swissair - only serve their transatlantic partners' hubs and let their passengers connect through their network to beyond US gateways. In this case UA (SFO, ORD, JFK and other, smaller so-called mini-hubs) and AA (DFW, ORD, BOS, SJC, mini-hubs), respectively.
Stratifier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2893 times:
Thomacf, here's a quote from SAS' official history: On May 1, 1989 SAS moved from John F. Kennedy in New York to Newark airport in New Jersey, implementing cooperation with Continental Airlines. This led to improved connections to a large number of U.S. domestic destinations.
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2614 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2874 times:
Next time you have a few minutes lag time at LAX, go
down in front of the arrivals level at Tom Bradley IT, and look at the memorial "Rock" stating that SAS was the first European carrier to serve Los Angeles nonstop with jets, or something to that effect. I always thought it was ironic since they don't fly there anymore.