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Why & When Did SAS Discontinue LAX.

Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:18 pm

Curious to find out exactly when and why SAS stopped operating CPH-LAX (early 90's), a route they actually pioneered in 1954. With the Washington/Dulles route replacing LAX, the total number of US gateways has remained at 4. Also, will we ever see SAS back at JFK again?

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RE: Why & When Did SAS Discontinue LAX.

Sun Sep 19, 2004 11:21 pm

SAS discontinued serving LAX in the mid 1990s - they flew a daily 763 between LAX and CPN and although the flight went out more or less filled to capacity each day (especially during the summer season when it was usually very overbooked), SAS claimed that the yeilds on the routes were all wrong and that they were actually losing money on the route. Thus, service was dropped. I do not think that LAX is a high priority for SAS, they do very well out of SEA (SAS has flown out of SEA to Europe for years and have a huge following there) and if they do decide to return to California, I guess SAS would fly to SFO due to STAR Alliance connections at SFO.

SAS left JFK for EWR since SAS once worked very closely with CO and actually invested money into CO after their first which was lost in CO's second bankruptcy, but thats another story. EWR seems to work for SAS, eventhough their ties to CO are long gone; remember, EWR does have many more domestic connection possibilities than JFK. As I do not think that SAS would move its entire operation from EWR to JFK (they are rather established at EWR), it would mean that SAS would have to split their operations between the 2 NYC international airports, which would be expensive; also I do not think that there is the demand to fly to CPN and ARN on a daily basis from both EWR and JFK.....thus, a return by SAS to JFK is also unlikely.
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RE: Why & When Did SAS Discontinue LAX.

Mon Sep 20, 2004 12:19 am

By the way, the last LAX - CPH flight was aug 31, 1994...(I was on it  Crying )

I wish they'd bring it back, the route was a vital Scandi-CA link.

Incidentially, here's a good discussion on SAS' route to Seattle, a route which I've always found slightly peculiar...

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RE: Why & When Did SAS Discontinue LAX.

Mon Sep 20, 2004 1:16 am

CPH-LAX has essentially been replaced with ZRH-LAX. Just as SAS dropped HKG 1997, and Swiss(air) stood to gain.
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RE: Why & When Did SAS Discontinue LAX.

Mon Sep 20, 2004 3:24 am

The Los Angeles route which SAS pioneered being the first to operate a Polar routing from Europe to the West Coast was dropped based on financial reasons.

While indeed SAS enjoyed strong year around load factors including cargo, the airline claimed the economics of the 767 on the route simply did not work. There were even a few years when the LA route had the highest system load factor amongst North America flights.

During much of the 70s and 80s until the 767 was introduced, Los Angeles received a mix of B747 and DC-10 service. Nonstop from CPH in the summers and often routed via Seattle in the winter.
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