jimyvr
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SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:36 pm

SAS will celebrate 50th anniversary of Polar Route operation on 24FEB07.

On 24FEB57, SAS launched the first polar route from Copenhagen to Tokyo, slashing flying time from 54hours (southbound route) to just 32 hours.

In 1960, SAS phased in DC8 service to Tokyo, further cutting flying time.

According to JWing (15FEB07) http://www.jwing.com/w-daily/bn2007/0215.htm

The airline hopes to relaunch Stockholm-Tokyo service, which was briefly operated in mid-90s.
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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:18 pm

Quoting Jimyvr (Thread starter):
The airline hopes to relaunch Stockholm-Tokyo service, which was briefly operated in mid-90s.

How many slots do they have?
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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:32 pm

Quoting Jimyvr (Thread starter):
On 24FEB57, SAS launched the first polar route from Copenhagen to Tokyo

Interesting synopsis of the service found at Plane-Spotter.com:


First over the Pole and Around the World
With the DC-7C SAS got a true long distance aircraft. The first DC-7C ("Torstein Viking" LN-MOB MSN 44927) was delivered to SAS on August 4th 1956. With these aircraft a new era was started. On February 24th 1957 a new service from Copenhagen to Tokyo over the North Pole with one stop at Anchorage, and this reduced the flying time from 52 hours to 32 hours. Since the southern route to Tokyo still was flown, in addition to the polar route - the DC-7C earned the right to put "FIRST OVER THE POLE AND AROUND THE WORLD" over the door.


Following the success of SAS in becoming the first airline to fly regular scheduled services from Europe to Tokyo and return via Anchorage, most of Europe's leading airlines as well as Japan Air Lines followed the lead of the airline that could rightly claim to be "First Over The Pole," a routing that continued to be favored until the opening of Siberian airspace for non-stop Europe-Tokyo flights beginning in the late 1980s further reduced flying times.

*** Plane-Spotter.com is an excellent resource for anything having to do with the history of SAS, past and present, including a fleet list giving the history of every aircraft that has served with SAS from the DC-3 to the present. A "must have a look" website for anyone having an interest in SAS.

[Edited 2007-02-15 05:52:18]
 
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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:01 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 1):
The airline hopes to relaunch Stockholm-Tokyo service, which was briefly operated in mid-90s.

How many slots do they have?

14 (7 arrival amd 7 depature) which is enough for 1 daily CPH-NRT. ARN-NRT will not be launched until they get more slots which is unlikely to happen in the near future.

Btw the CPH-NRT route is said to be SAS's most profitable one
 
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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:05 pm

JAL have some finacial difficulties at the moment hence reducing network and workforce.

Do they have to give away slots at Narita if they are reducing frequencies and/or destinations? And could those slots be obtained by SAS?
 
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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:13 pm

Quoting Jimyvr (Thread starter):
The airline hopes to relaunch Stockholm-Tokyo service, which was briefly operated in mid-90s.



Quoting ARN (Reply 4):
Do they have to give away slots at Narita if they are reducing frequencies and/or destinations? And could those slots be obtained by SAS?

Right now SAS' best shot at more slots at NRT is landing slots on the shorter rwy; in this way they could utilize their precious slots on the longer rwy for more take-offs.. AY got four recently, doubling their capacity to NRT..

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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:54 pm

Before SAS can expand on intercontinental routes, they need more aircraft. These days they only fly their intercontinental routes with only nine A330/A340 - the two last aircraft are either out for heavy check and cabin upgrade (new C seats and this upgrade will take more time than planned). That's the reason for their reduced network programme these days (to fly a full programme they need at least ten aircraft).

Roumours have it that they have first right on two used A340-313X from AC, but the new SAS CEO Mats Jansson will not sign the contact until having finished his first 90 days in office. In other words, we can expect a decision in April on their intercontinental future. Insiders reports about adding new destinations both in Asia and North America, but also OSL to North America (either to EWR or ORD) is included in the talks. OSL has a great demand for cargo capacity to North America (the narrow body CO flight between OSL and EWR has no space for cargo). SAS IC planners seems to get a very busy time this spring to get ready for the Winter 2007/2008.

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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:02 pm

Quoting LN-KGL (Reply 6):
Before SAS can expand on intercontinental routes, they need more aircraft. These days they only fly their intercontinental routes with only nine A330/A340

You are 100% correct about that and I also forgot to mention that when I wrote why SK won't begin flying ARN-NRT, in addition to the slot restriction

Quoting LN-KGL (Reply 6):
Insiders reports about adding new destinations both in Asia and North America, but also OSL to North America (either to EWR or ORD) is included in the talks.

I doubt that OSL is first on their list. There are several destination out of both ARN and CPH that will get priority over any OSL routes should SK get hold on addition 330/340
 
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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:37 pm

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 7):
Quoting LN-KGL (Reply 6):
Insiders reports about adding new destinations both in Asia and North America, but also OSL to North America (either to EWR or ORD) is included in the talks.

I doubt that OSL is first on their list. There are several destination out of both ARN and CPH that will get priority over any OSL routes should SK get hold on addition 330/340

Agreed.. Also (not that it's not an interesting subject!!) new SK long-hauls has been discussed extensively here recently..

As for polar routes, congrats to SAS! They were also IIRC the first ones to fly from Europe to LAX, via SFJ and YYC, back in 1950-something.Not exactly a polar route, but still, up north anyway! When the route opened, the mayor of L.A. came to Copenhagen and put up a sign at CPH saying "LA City Limit" - those were the days!!! I didn't see the mayor of Atlanta putting up a "welcome to Georgia" sign when DL opened on CPH (although he was on the premiere flight ATL-CPH IIRC)!

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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:54 pm

Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 2):
Following the success of SAS in becoming the first airline to fly regular scheduled services from Europe to Tokyo and return via Anchorage, most of Europe's leading airlines as well as Japan Air Lines followed the lead of the airline that could rightly claim to be "First Over The Pole," routing that continued to be favored until the opening of Siberian airspace for non-stop Europe-Tokyo flights beginning in the late 1980s further reduced flying times.

That is a bit inaccurate. Non-stop Europe-Japan started in 1983 with Finnair flying HEL-NRT over the North Pole and avoiding both a stop in Alaska and Soviet Airspace. Flying time was about 13,5 h with the DC-10-30ER.

So non-stop Europe-Japan began way before Siberian airspace was opened.

http://www.finnairgroup.com/group/group_14_3.html :

Quote:

April 1983 marked the inauguration of Finnair's Helsinki-Tokyo route. This made the company the first airline in the world to operate a direct non-stop flight from western Europe to Japan. The route goes over the North Pole, via the Bering Straits, covering a distance of 11,024 km.
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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:01 pm

If SK can swing another one or two A343s NRT-ARN may be possible. There are still some morning slots, as evidence with the increase in AY NRT-HEL from two to four weeklies and NH has doubled its NRT-SIN with a morning departure, so with the A343, they can do all their arrivals on the short runway and take-offs on the longer. Not to mention NH will add NRT-BOM daily with the 73GERs plus a handful of cargo flights will be added for JL & NH operated by 763F starting summer schedule.
It all depends on the financial willingness of SK to go forward.
 
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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:27 pm

Quoting Carpethead (Reply 10):
Not to mention NH will add NRT-BOM daily with the 73GERs plus a handful of cargo flights will be added for JL & NH operated by 763F starting summer schedule.

Isn't it a waste of good slots to use them for cargo and 737s??

Quoting Carpethead (Reply 10):
It all depends on the financial willingness of SK to go forward.

What do you mean? Is it possible to buy a slot or?? Bribing somebody???

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RE: SAS: 50 Years Of Polar Route/eyes NRT-ARN

Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:34 pm

Quoting UpperDeck79 (Reply 9):
So non-stop Europe-Japan began way before Siberian airspace was opened.

It had actually open already for some time, but the overflying charges were set so high that AY set up a -30ER and went the Polar way to Japan.
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