Scandinavian Airlines is continuing its expansion in the Polish market by launching a new service on October 29 between Copenhagen and Łódź. As of...

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is continuing its expansion in the Polish market by launching a new service on October 29 between Copenhagen and Łódź.

When the new Copenhagen-Łódź route goes into operation, Scandinavian Airlines will be offering more than 70 direct flights a week between Scandinavia and Poland, on eight routes.

Among the various aircraft types in Scandinavian Airlines' diverse fleet are 12 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. This photograph shows a SAS CRJ900 at the gate at Copenhagen Airport, while another taxis past

The carrier offer connections from Poland to its flights to the rest of Europe at its hub airports at Copenhagen Airport, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and Oslo Airport, Gardermoen.

According to SAS, it will be the first network carrier to operate flights to Łódź, which is Poland’s third-largest city. Some 1.2 million people live in the Łódź metropolitan area.

“Poland is an extremely important market to us, considering its proximity to Copenhagen,” says Joakim Landholm, chief commercial officer of SAS.

“We can offer a quick direct flight or an easy transfer to all our Polish destinations,” adds Landholm. “Earlier this year, SAS opened Copenhagen-Katowice and last fall also Stockholm-Gdansk. SAS will now fly to six destinations in Poland, offering eight direct routes from Scandinavia.”

The new service, featuring the SAS flight numbers SK773 and SK774, will operate daily except Saturdays. Scandinavian Airlines will operate the service with a leased or chartered Bombardier CRJ200 featuring 50 seats in three-class configuration, with Business, Economy Extra and Economy classes.

Until recently Danish carrier Cimber Sterling operated four CRJ200s on behalf of SAS on regional routes, but this carrier stopped operating and filed for bankruptcy on May 3. The source of the CRJ200 for the Copenhagen-Łódź service is not yet known.

However, SAS itself operates 12 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, each configured to seat 88 passengers, so it is possible Scandinavian Airlines itself will choose to operate CRJ200s.

Flight SK773 will depart Copenhagen Airport (IATA code CPH) at 12.20 p.m., arriving at Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport (LCJ) at 1.35 p.m. Flight SK774 will depart LCJ at 2.15 p.m. and land at CPH at 15.30 p.m.. The flights will connect in both directions with SAS flights to and from all of Scandinavia, the Baltic and European destinations.

As of October 29, Scandinavian Airlines’ eight routes between Scandinavia and Poland will be Stockholm-Gdansk; Oslo-Gdansk; Copenhagen-Gdansk; Copenhagen-Łódź; Copenhagen-Katowice; Copenhagen-Poznan; Copenhagen-Warsaw; and Copenhagen-Wroclaw.

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