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...

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

The new Oslo service will operate from March 28, 2011, linking Newark Liberty International Airport with Oslo Gardermoen Airport. The new United States-Norway flight is available for booking. The westbound flight from Oslo is numbered SK907 and the eastbound flight from Newark is numbered SK908. SAS will operate the service daily during the peak summer season.

Scandinavian Airlines will then begin five-times-weekly Copenhagen-Shanghai flights during the winter of 2011.

“Due to a world-class product, improved market conditions and significantly reduced costs, there are now greater opportunities for profitable expansion for SAS,” says Sveneric Persson, vice president Americas for SAS. “We will expand our New York area service to three daily flights to the three Scandinavian capitals. The new Oslo route will provide smoother connections to the rest of Norway and other areas in Scandinavia and Europe, as SAS also will significantly increase frequencies across our short-haul network with an additional 150 weekly departures on key routes.”

Scandinavian Airlines will be operating a long-haul fleet of 11 Airbus A340-300s and A330s by the end of 2011, with the re-introduction of two A340-300s which the airline put into storage at the peak of the global economic crisis

Adds Persson: “As previously announced, we are adding one Airbus A340 to the fleet this winter and another A340 next winter, which will bring our long-haul fleet to 11 Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft. We are also adding another three short haul aircraft in spring 2011.”

Scandinavian Airlines will operate its Newark-Oslo service using Airbus A330-300s with 34 seats in Business, 35 in Economy Extra (premium economy) and 195 Economy seats. SAS offers service to Copenhagen and Stockholm non-stop from Newark, and serves Copenhagen and Stockholm from Chicago, as well as Copenhagen from Washington, D.C.

The carrier will launch its Copenhagen-Shanghai service with five-times-weekly flights in winter 2011 using Airbus A340-300s with 245 seats: 46 in Business, 28 in Economy Extra and 171 in Economy.

SAS will introduce its additional European frequencies in spring 2011. It will launch four new intra-Europe routes: Oslo-Munich, Oslo-Palma, Oslo-Split and Stockholm-Venice.