SAS Trials Copenhagen-Boston Flights With Boeing 737 Narrow-Bodyby
Nordic carrier will switch to bigger A330 if route successful
Aircraft is on lease from Switzerland's PrivatAir through 2017
SAS AB plans to upgrade Copenhagen-Boston flights to a larger wide-body jet if the experimental service that began this week with a single-aisle plane proves popular.
The 8 1/2-hour flight will initially be operated by a Boeing Co. 737 aircraft seating fewer than 100 people and provided, along with crew, by Swiss leasing specialist PrivatAir. Any expansion would most likely see a 266-seat Airbus Group SE A330 deployed, spokeswoman Anna Nielsen said.
SAS will lift the number of direct U.S. destinations to 11 this year with the start of flights from Copenhagen and Oslo to Miami in September. That follows the recent addition of services from Stockholm to Los Angeles, as well as the Boston route that began on Tuesday.
The Boston flights commenced with a 737-800 plane from PrivatAir seating 92 people, 32 of them in business class, which was freed up from SAS’s Copenhagen-Newark route after the Nordic carrier began operating that service with its own Airbus A340 last week.
Boston will switch to a smaller 737-700 with 86 berths, 20 in business, by mid-April, according to Nielsen. That plane has become available following SAS’s termination of flights between the oil cities of Stavanger, Norway, and Houston, and is being reconfigured from a 44-seat all-business layout.
SAS is facing heightened competition on U.S. routes from Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, which offers flights from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo using the most modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes.