Finnair has begun selling tickets for its first long-haul services with the Airbus A350-900 and reveals its first long-haul destination with the type will be Shanghai. It has also detailed a series of shorter, intra-Europe A350-900 commercial flights it will operate in October before serving Shanghai.

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The aircraft is the first Boeing 787 delivered to ILFC and its lessee, Norwegian Air Shuttle, which will operate the aircraft. The 787 also is the 700th aircraft that Boeing has delivered to ILFC.

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Scandinavian Airlines is launching a new route between Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and Madrid Barajas Airport on July 1. In June, meanwhile, SAS is launching a new service concept in Scandinavia and Europe.

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Star Alliance member Aegean Airlines has launched an expanded schedule which includes 29 new scheduled international routes from a total of 12 Greek and Cypriot airports, eight of which Aegean uses as bases.

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According to SAS, it will offer direct flights to new destinations from all main airports in the Nordic countries and a number of regional airports. SAS will also increase the frequency of its services on a number of existing domestic and European routes.

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Airberlin and Finnair are extending their existing codeshare cooperation by expanding it to markets in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Denmark and the Middle East.

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The carriers expect the partnership to lead to growth in existing air services between Singapore and Scandinavia, and, subject to market conditions at the appropriate time, pave the way for a new route between Singapore and Stockholm.

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Singapore Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines have agreed to boost services between Singapore and destinations in Scandinavia – with Sweden’s capital Stockholm potentially among the cities to be served non-stop from the Asian hub.

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The airline will introduce new services from Dublin to Verona and Stockholm and will increase service frequencies on routes to Faro, Perpignan, Zurich and 10 other destinations. Faro will see increased service from both Dublin and Cork.

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Fast-growing Norwegian Air Shuttle is planning to launch non-stop scheduled flights to New York from Oslo and Stockholm in the spring of 2013 with Boeing 787s and will offer introductory round-trip fares from Scandinavia of NOK2,000 ($355) on the routes, inclusive of taxes.

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Stockholm is right up there with the most beautiful cities in Europe and deserves thorough exploration. Not only is the city rich in beautiful and imposing architecture, but its geographical setting is also memorable.

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Proud of its legacy as the first Hilton in Sweden, the Hilton Stockholm Slussen displays a five-star sign outside its main entrance to indicate its service ranking. We found the Hilton Stockholm Slussen to be one of the best hotels at which we had ever stayed.

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British Airways is launching twice-daily flights to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport from London City Airport on January 9. The airline will operate the route with 98-seat Embraer 190SRs operated by wholly owned subsidiary BA CityFlyer.

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Singapore Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement that will begin on December 1.

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Scandinavian Airlines is expanding its route network in 2011 with two new long-haul routes, Newark-Oslo and Copenhagen-Shanghai. The airline is also adding more intra-Europe routes and service frequencies.

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From November 1, Finnair will increase its flights to Bromma to three per day from two. The new flight, which Finnair will operate with Embraer 170s, is particularly aimed at business travelers originating in Sweden and flying to Finland.

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Scandinavian Airlines will deploy a sixth Airbus A340-300 to increase frequencies to and from Newark and Chicago in the carrier’s winter schedule, which begins on October 31.

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Marriott International, Inc. is hosting grand openings this week for its first two hotels in Sweden — the Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen and the Renaissance Malmö.

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Finnair will complement its existing service between Helsinki and Stockholm Arlanda Airport with twice-daily flights on weekdays from Helsinki to the Swedish city’s Bromma Airport in August. Its Danish partner Sun-Air is also launching Helsinki-Stockholm Bromma flights.

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