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SAS Opens New Flights from Copenhagen to Atlanta in Summer 2024

The new route strengthens the airline's new relationship with the Air France-KLM group and Delta Air Lines

by Fergus Cole

January 18, 2024

Photo: SAS, Airbus A330-300. Courtesy of Airbus SAS / Lancelot

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is planning to launch direct flights to Atlanta this summer as part of its strategy to extend its transatlantic network and further solidify its ties with the Air France-KLM Group, which acquired SAS shares in the previous year.

The daily service will commence on June 17, 2024, from Copenhagen Airport (CPH) in Denmark to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). This new route will bring the number of North American destinations operated by SAS to nine.

The airline currently operates flights to New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), Washington (IAD), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Miami (MIA), and Toronto (YYZ). However, its service to Miami will end on April 7.

Photo: SAS, Airbus A330-300. Courtesy of Beckett P / Unsplash

SAS will operate the new route with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, accommodating up to 262 passengers across three cabins: 32 lie-flat business class seats, 56 reclining SAS Plus seats, and 174 standard economy seats.

However, during the winter season, SAS will reduce the frequency of flights to five per week but switch to a larger Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which has a capacity of 300 passengers, including 40 in business class, 32 in SAS Plus, and the remaining 228 in standard economy.

The outbound flights from Copenhagen will depart at 1:10 PM local time daily and arrive in Atlanta by 5:10 PM EST. Similarly, the return flights will leave Atlanta at 7:00 PM and land back in Copenhagen at 10:20 AM the next day.

This new flight service will be the only one connecting Copenhagen and Atlanta. Delta Air Lines has operated this route for five years since May 2006.

For this route, SAS has a transatlantic agreement with Delta, Air France-KLM, and Virgin Atlantic, enabling SAS passengers to access destinations throughout Delta’s extensive network from its primary hub in Atlanta.

Photo: SAS, Airbus A350-900. Courtesy of Airbus SAS

SAS President and CEO, Anko van der Werff, said “Through an agreement with Delta Air Lines, passengers can continue their journey on other Delta-served destinations out of Atlanta. This development means an expanded offering for SAS passengers, who can look forward to reaching several new and exciting destinations across the Southern USA, Caribbean, and Latin America, all conveniently accessible from Atlanta.”