Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1 Posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2832 times:
Why dont SAS fly to the Middle East (excluding Israel) isnt there a market in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, why dont they fly to these countries, will they in the near future
KRP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2796 times:
SK in the ME
At present flies only CPH ATH
Previously Sk has flown the flw ME routes
These routes were flown on alternate dates by DC8 enabling a daily service to ATH - this ended approxinately at the time that the DC8-60s were retired from SK
CPH-JED-NBO this flight ended with the demise of the DC10 from Sk fleet
was flown for a short time by MD83 approx 10 years ago.
At the moment Sk partner DM flies 4times weekly CPHCAI in code share with Sk on 737-500
DM also flies the former SK routes to ATH (2daily from 24mar) and CPHIST(daily from 24mar)
Sk got their new (ugly) livery approx 2½ years ago.
747/DC10/A300 were retired due to lack of yield.
SK has gradually reduced their overses flights:
Here´s a list of SK routes that has been given up:
CPH-LIS-GRU/GIG/EZE/SCL/MVD (in all kind of kombinations)
CPH-CUR on to some other caribean destination that escapes my memory)
with the exception og KIX and HKG all these routes disappered around the time of the demise of SK DC8´s
KIX/HKG were flown recently by 767-300
Recently flight were also undertaken on the
ARN NRT route but have been discontinued
Before nonstop NRT flight were made possible NRT flight were routed
CPH ANC NRT
CPH SVO NRT
For at short time SK operated also operated
CPH-SIN and CPH-GRU nonstop by 767-200ER these flights have also be cancelled, though SIN is now (again) served via BKK as a one-stop service.
Present SK overseas flights are:
CPH IAD (from april 01)
CPH BKK SIN
CPH THU (regular charter)
Roumours in Scandinavia will have it that SFO is the next SK destination to be added.
Vadheim From Norway, joined Jul 2000, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2795 times:
If there was a market for SAS routes to those countries mentioned, SAS would have been there. SAS does'nt fly low yield routes where the pax mix. is'nt right (e.g. too many holidaymakers).
However, Scandinavia is well served by airlines from the middle east region. Iran Air from Tehran, Syrianair from Damascus and Aleppo, Egypt Air from Cairo, Turkish from Istanbul and Ankara, PIA from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, Sri Lankan/Emirates from Dubai. Kuwait Airlines, Royal Jordanian and MEA used to fly to Copenhagen from Kuwait, Amman and Beirut.
In addition Maersk Air operates a code-share with SAS on routes from Copenhagen to Cairo, Istanbul, Athens and Venice.
SAS got rid of their big aircraft in the last part of the 80's (1987-1988-1989), when they got their new smaller B767's. I guess the reason was that they wanted smaller aircrafts which was better suited for Scandinavia. At one stage SAS philosophy was to offer mainly nonstop services from the destinations they served, and the B767 was very well suited for these operations.
SAS used to operate to destinations like Los Angeles, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile when they had the B747/DC10.
KRP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2783 times:
SK may well be a feeder airline for LH, however most of these route cuts took place way before anyone had even thought abot STAR-alliance.
START has got nothing to with the cuts, but may however have something to do with the flights not coming back again.
But then again is that not what alliances are for: Feeding into each others network.
That is why SK starts flying to IAD: To feed into UA
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2781 times:
SK's first Caravelle flight was to Beirut, in May 1959. They must have had a lot of flights there pre-war, I have a photo of Hamra (like Oxford Street or Fifth Av in Beirut) and the SAS ticket office is a big building in the main part of town. That was in 1974, a year before the troubles.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
OK! hey i forgot to mention my first international flight was on an SAS DC-10 from Karachi to Singapore via Bangkok in 1978 was 8 years old then, I was sick through out threw up countless times but still have fond memories of the airline, sad they quit Karachi