Scandinavian airline SAS will fly from Los Angeles to Stockholm beginning in March 2016, the airline announced this week.
Also announced were two new routes from Miami - one to Oslo and the other to Copenhagen. But those Miami routes will be flown only three times per week. The new Los Angeles flight will operate six times per week in the summer, and five or six times in the winter.
Currently, from the West Coast, SAS only flies from San Francisco, with a flight most days to to Copenhagen. Here's what SAS says about the new Los Angeles service:
Los Angeles is a popular destination for Scandinavian travelers wishing to visit Southern California or onwards to destinations such as Hawaii. The first flight to Los Angeles will leave on 14 March and SAS will have daily departures from Stockholm to Los Angeles throughout the summer season and five-six departures a week in the winter season.
This is the new schedule for L.A:
- Daily departures from Arlanda (SK933) at 09.50 arriving in Los Angeles 12.15.
- Daily departures from Los Angeles (SK934) at 14.15 arriving at Arlanda 10.00.
The release does not mention which terminal SAS will use at LAX, but a story in Australian Business Traveler sugguests the airline will use the Tom Bradley International Terminal. I am not sure if the publication has confirmed that, or whether it is wishful thinking. Terminal 2 also handles flights from international carriers, so SAS could end up there.
SAS has been in and out of Los Angeles before. One interesting fact: In 1954, SAS became the first airline to regularly fly a polar route, using it for Copenhagen-Los Angeles.
In the U.S, SAS now flies to Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington. The Houston route to Stavanger, Norway is unusual, as it is operated by an all-business class Boeing 737-700.