Coinciding with the East-Indiaman Götheborg’s presence in China, SAS
has announced an increase in traffic to China with the launch of the coveted
Stockholm-Beijing route in April 2007.The Götheborg’s visit has received widespread attention in China with Crown
Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip participating in the activities.
Industrialist Jacob Wallenberg, who is currently visiting China, will be
pleased that Sweden’s connections with China will be further strengthened
with SAS expanding traffic to China.
“We are eager to be flexible and operate flights on routes demanded by
customers,” says Lars Lindgren, President of Scandinavian Airlines
International. “Since our direct routes to Shanghai and Beijing from
Copenhagen are highly appreciated, we see great potential in the
As of April 2007, the Stockholm-Beijing route will be added to the
airline’s already extensive flight connections with the East. There will be
four direct flights per week from Stockholm to Beijing. SAS will continue
to fly from Copenhagen to Beijing and Shanghai.
Passengers to Beijing from Stockholm will have access to the very highest
comfort. The route will be operated with an Airbus 340 aircraft equipped
with SAS’s well-known flatbeds in the entire Business Class cabin. The
design and functionality of these seats has led to them being called the
next generation of airline seats and they can be compared with a real bed
when folded into the sleeping position. The new seats provide improved
comfort and more secluded space than traditional seats. Departures from
Stockholm will be late at night, making it possible to plan an entire day
of work prior to the comfortable flight to Beijing.
To create as flexible a journey as possible, customers traveling on the
route to Beijing can choose between Business Class, Economy Class and
Economy Extra. The Economy Extra cabin will be separate from the rest of
Economy area, the seats will be wider and passengers will have more
legroom. In this class, it will also be possible to combine other types of
tickets, such as Business Class, and security control will be quicker
through the Fast Track area.
From as early as 1988, SAS began operating direct flights between
Copenhagen and Beijing and since 2004 SAS has also flown from Copenhagen to
In addition to the planned Stockholm-Beijing flights, Scandinavian Airlines
International also operates routes to eight destinations in Asia and the
US. From Copenhagen, there are direct flights to New York, Washington DC,
Seattle, Chicago, Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai. From Stockholm,
there are flights to New York and Chicago, and from April 2007 also to