Entries in Stockholm (4)

Sunday
Jun262011

Norwegian starts seasonal route between Stockholm and Tel Aviv

Norwegian Air Shuttle commenced a seasonal service between Stockholm's Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA), and David Ben-Gurion Airport (IATA: TLV; ICAO: LLBG) in Tel Aviv this morning.  The first Stockholm-Tel Aviv flight of the season for the carrier was scheduled to leave Stockholm's main international airport at 7:00 this morning local time, but was delayed 25 minutes according to Arlanda's website.  The route will operate weekly in both directions on Sunday, until Norwegian Air Shuttle decides to retire it for the season.  It will be flown with the Boeing 737-800.

The route is scheduled to depart Stockholm at 7:00 in the morning each Sunday, local time, and arrive in Tel Aviv 12:50 in the afternoon local time.  It is scheduled to depart Tel Aviv for the return trip at 1:50 in the afternoon local time, and arrive back in Stockholm at 5:40 in the afternoon local time.  The flight is listed at 4 hours 50 minutes long, in both directions, on Norwegian Air Shuttle's official website.  Stockholm and Tel Aviv both observe daylight saving time during the middle months of the year, and Tel Aviv generally operates one hour ahead of Stockholm.

Norwegian Air Shuttle was founded in 1993 and is now Scandinavia's second-largest airline behind Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).  It is based in the municipality of Bærum, a western suburb of Oslo.  In true Scandinavian tradition, it operates seven roughly equivalent hubs in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.

Meanwhile, the Moscow-based airline RusLine started a non-stop route from Moscow to the Lithuanian Baltic seaside town of Palanga today, according to the official website of the town's airport (IATA: PLQ; ICAO: EYPA).  The route is operated with a Bombardier CRJ200.  It too will operate once a week on Sunday, in both directions.  It is scheduled to depart Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport (IATA: DME; ICAO: UUDD) at 5:50 in the morning local time, and arrive in Lithuania at 6:40 in the morning local time.  It is scheduled to depart the town of Palanga at 8:10 in the morning local time, and arrive back in Moscow at 11:05 local time.  Flight time is just under two hours long, in both directions.  Moscow operates one hour ahead of Palanga.

Additional information about this route, including pricing information, can be found on the airline's website, though it is in Russian, and does not offer an English translation.

original stories

Norwegian's Stockholm Arlanda network passes 30 routes; becomes second biggest base (www.anna.aero)

2011 04 12 (Palanga International Airport)

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Thursday
Nov252010

Scandinavia's SAS offers winter sale, launches codeshare

Until November 30, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is offering sales on certain routes from the United States to both Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.  Reservations can be made up to a year in advance.  But American citizens traveling to these destinations for a period of time measured in months rather than days should keep in mind certain rules in addition to holding a United States Passport that will be valid during the entire length of their stay.

The United States Department of State has outlined the rules applicable to Americans staying in each of these countries for which an SAS trans-Atlantic winter sale is valid, over an extended period of time.

Norway

Sweden

Denmark

Latvia

Poland

Planning ahead and booking earlier tends to allow air travelers to secure the lowest possible fares.

Also, SAS and Singapore Airlines will begin a codeshare agreement effective December 1.  Singapore Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (SQ) onto the SAS multiple times daily round-trip routes between Copenhagen, and the cities of Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki.  The flights that are part of the new codeshare involve Copenhagen Airport (IATA: CPH; ICAO: EKCH), Gardermoen Airport near Oslo (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM), Arlanda Airport near Stockholm (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA), and Vantaa Airport near Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK).

For its part, SAS will add its codeshare symbol (SK) to Singapore Airlines' twice-weekly round-trip routes between Copenhagen Airport and Changi International Airport (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore; and also to select flights between Changi International and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (IATA: BKK; ICAO: VTBS).

Founded as Scandinavian Airlines System in 1946, SAS is headquartered in a northern suburb of Stockholm called Solna.  It operates 142 aircraft to close to 100 destinations mostly within Europe.  SAS flies to three destinations in North America, and four in Asia.  Its main hubs are Copenhagen Airport, Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, and Oslo's Gardermoen Airport.

Founded as Malayan Airlines in 1947, Singapore Airlines is the national airline of the eponymous southeastern Asian island country off the eastern end of the Malay Peninsula.  It operates 110 aircraft, including the new Airbus A380, to 61 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Its main hub is Changi International, and its main offices are in the central business district of Singapore.  The carrier's majority owner is an investment house called Temasek Holdings.

original stories

SAS Winter Sale to Scandinavia & Eastern Europe (Yahoo News)

SAS and Singapore Airlines enter code-share agreement (SAS)

Singapore Airlines and SAS to codeshare (www.scandasia.com)

Monday
Aug162010

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday

Finnair, the largest air carrier based in Finland, by number of passengers carried, will begin its first ever service between its main hub at Vantaa Airport in the Finnish capital of Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK), and Bromma Airport in Stockholm (IATA: BMA; ICAO: ESSB), in two days.  Bromma is the preferred business airport in Stockholm, and is located not far from the Kista business district of the Swedish capital "where many international companies are located," according to the Finnair press release.  The route will run twice daily in each direction Monday through Friday, will run once in each direction on Sunday, and will not run on Saturday.  Finnair cited noise and environmental restrictions near the downtown district of Stockholm as a key reason why it will operate the Bromma Airport route with aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer.

Also this coming Wednesday, the United Kingdom-based British Airways is scheduled to commence a regular route between Vantaa and Bromma, through an associated regional airline called Sun Air of Scandinavia.  Also on Wednesday, Finnair will begin service between Helsinki and the German city of Stuttgart, through an associated regional airline called Finnish Commuter Airlines.

Finnair was founded in 1923 in Helsinki.  It has a four-star rating from the consultancy Skytrax.  It is headquartered in Helsinki.

related stories

United Airlines debuts first route to and from Africa (June 19, 2010)

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop Montréal-Brussels route (June 13, 2010)

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

original story (Finnair)

Wednesday
May122010

Delta is expanding at both Kennedy and LaGuardia

In its ongoing campaign to become the number one airline in the New York metro area, Delta Air Lines is adding and expanding service to dozens of destinations both domestic and international, the company announced via its website yesterday.  Expansion by the world’s largest carrier (by number of passengers) will occur at both Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) and LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA).  The facilities at JFK are the focus of the company’s international expansion.  And LaGuardia, which does not currently regularly schedule departures or arrivals to or from outside North America, is the focus of the domestic expansion.  (Delta and Continental depart LaGuardia seasonally to Bermuda and Aruba respectively.  These places are considered part of North America.)

Air travelers with Delta will be able to access three more cities in the United States from LaGuardia (Nashville, St. Louis, and San Antonio) once the airline’s domestic expansion, involving both major airports in the borough of Queens, is complete.  Service between the City of New York and seven other American cities will be expanded.  Service between the City of New York and two Canadian cities, Toronto and Montreal, will also be expanded.

Internationally, Delta currently flies two year-round, daily round-trip itineraries between JFK and London Heathrow.  That number will be increased to three this September, the airline announced.  The round-trip flight added this September between JFK and Heathrow will be outfitted specifically for business travelers, and will feature full-flat beds in BusinessElite class.

Delta flights between JFK and various popular European, Eurasian, Middle Eastern, and Asian destinations will be flown with larger planes starting next month, allowing for greater passenger capacity.  Moreover, Delta will commence the only non-stop service between JFK and two northern European destinations, Copenhagen and Stockholm, later this month.

Delta commenced operations as a commercial carrier in 1929.  It has been headquartered in Atlanta since 1941.  In 2008, Delta announced a merger with Northwest Airlines, which was completed earlier this year.

related stories

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

Delta is offering a free checked bag to AMEX SkyMiles members (May 5, 2010)

Delta is angry at DOT and FAA for rejecting its time slot proposal (May 5, 2010)

original story (Delta Air Lines)