SAS Launches New Direct Route from Copenhagen to Bangkok

SAS, Scandinavia’s leading airline, announces the launch of a new direct flight route from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Bangkok, Thailand.

This inaugural flight, scheduled for October 30, 2023, marks a significant milestone, coming nearly 75 years after SAS first bridged the skies between Copenhagen and Bangkok.

The Copenhagen-Bangkok route is strategically positioned as a winter seasonal offering, with both legs of the journey operating as overnight flights. This thoughtful scheduling ensures seamless connections for travelers coming from Scandinavia and other European destinations, utilizing the well-connected CPH airport.

SAS is not just stopping at Bangkok. As part of its Winter 2023/2024 program, the airline is committed to maintaining its thrice-weekly services to Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Shanghai (PVG), ensuring a robust network of destinations for its passengers.

The historical context of this route is fascinating. SAS first operated a flight between Copenhagen and Bangkok back in 1949, pioneering a new air route that connected Scandinavia and Thailand. Back then, the journey was a 36-hour odyssey with stopovers in cities like Zürich, Rome, Damascus, Karachi, and Calcutta. Fast forward to 2023, and SAS has rekindled this connection, offering a streamlined, approximately 10-hour and 30-minute flight, with no stopovers.

Paul Verhagen, SAS Chief Commercial Officer, expressed his enthusiasm about the new route, highlighting the longstanding friendship and cooperation between Thailand and the Scandinavian countries. He emphasized that the Bangkok route is not just a gateway to Thailand but to wider Asia, catering to both business and leisure travelers. He noted, “Thailand is a favorite destination among many passengers during the winter season, and a lot of Scandinavians see Thailand as their home away from home.”

Passengers on the Bangkok route will be treated to a unique travel experience aboard the Airbus A350, an aircraft renowned for its fuel efficiency and significantly lower CO2 emissions—up to 30% lower than comparable previous models. With 300 seats spread across three travel classes—SAS Business, SAS Plus, and SAS Go—travelers can choose the experience that best suits their needs.

As SAS continues to expand its services and adapt to the growing demand for leisure travel, this new direct route stands as a testament to the airline’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and customer satisfaction.

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