Launch for defined market with particular travel needs
SAS will launch services between Stavanger and Houston on August 20, a role which the airline says “fulfils the wishes” of leading players in the oil industry for better connections between Norway, the rest of Scandinavia and Texas.
“The route we have established is a tailored product for a defined market with particular travel needs,” says Rickard Gustafson, the carrier’s president and CEO.
The route will be operated by a “business version” of the Boeing 737-700 and will have a SAS Long Haul Business Class concept on board, with just 44 business seats.
“The favourable timetable provides excellent connections throughout Scandinavia in both directions, while Houston is a hub for places to the south and west such as Mexico, Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix with the Star Alliance,” Gustafson explained.
SAS has entered into a wet lease agreement with the company PrivatAir, which owns this special version of the Boeing 737-700. The route will launch just ahead of a major oil exhibition in Stavanger, Offshore Northern Seas. Tickets go on sale on April 29.
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[pictured: Houston; photo by Eflon]