Starting March 1, Scandinavian Airlines' Copenhagen-Shanghai flights will operate five days each week.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is expanding its intercontinental route network in March 2012 by launching non-stop service between Copenhagen and Shanghai.

Starting March 1, Scandinavian Airlines’ Shanghai flights will operate five days each week. Flight SK998 will depart Copenhagen Airport at 6:25 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flight SK997 from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Copenhagen will leave at 1:25 every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“Traffic demand to China is again growing significantly, and we see the need for an additional route, complementing our successful Copenhagen-Beijing service. This new service also offers a multitude of smooth transfers on both ends, making it an accessible and quick route for many European and Asian travelers,” says Robin Kamark, SAS chief commercial officer.

Scandinavian Airlines operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300 four-engined widebody jets and twin-engine A330-300s on its long-haul rotues to North America and Asia from its hubs at Stockholm Arlanda, Copenhagen Airport and Oslo's Gardermoen Airport. The carrier has seven A340-300s in total

SAS will use Airbus A340-300s on the non-stop Copenhagen-Shanghai service. Each aircraft is fitted with 245 seats in three cabins: 46 in Business, 28 in Economy Extra (premium economy) and 171 in Economy.

The flights are timed to maximize connections at Copenhagen from Scandinavia and northern Europe and at Shanghai to cities in China and throughout Asia with SAS partners Air China and Shanghai Airlines, both of which (like SAS) are members of the Star Alliance.

Shanghai will be the fourth destination in Asia for SAS, which already operates non-stop from Copenhagen to Beijing, Bangkok and Tokyo.

SAS, which began service to the U.S. in 1946, offers non-stop flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo; from Chicago to Copenhagen and Stockholm; and from Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport to Copenhagen. In 2010, SAS was ranked as ‘Europe ’s Most Punctual Airline’ by the independent research firm FlightStats.

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