Scandinavian Airlines has announced a new route to the United States, which clearly reflects the carrier’s change in allegiance.
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Scandinavian Airlines adds Copenhagen to Atlanta route
As of June 17, 2024, Scandinavian Airlines will introduce year-round flights between Copenhagen (CPH) and Atlanta (ATL). The flights will be daily in summer and 5x weekly in winter. This new service will operate with the following schedule:
SK929 Copenhagen to Atlanta departing 1:10PM arriving 5:10PM
SK930 Atlanta to Copenhagen departing 7:00PM arriving 10:20AM (+1 day)
The 4,603-mile flight is blocked at 10hr westbound and 9hr20min eastbound. The airline will use an Airbus A330-300 for the route, featuring 262 seats. This includes 32 business class seats, 56 premium economy seats, and 174 economy seats.
Currently the carrier’s service from Copenhagen to the United States is comprised of routes to Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), and Washington (IAD). As of now, routes to all those destinations remain on sale. So it seems that this represents growth to the United States, rather than a replacement for an existing route.
This new route comes as Scandinavian Airlines joins SkyTeam
In July 2022, Scandinavian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and the airline has been undergoing quite the restructuring. As part of this, the airline is getting an investment from Air France-KLM, and will be leaving Star Alliance and joining SkyTeam.
So while there’s no exact timeline for the airline transitioning from Star Alliance to SkyTeam, it seems pretty clear that this route is motivated by the major changes coming to the airline. Atlanta is of course a massive hub for Delta, with huge connectivity.
While the two airlines don’t yet have a codeshare agreement, you’ll see that Scandinavian Airlines is already selling lots of itineraries on its website that also include travel on Delta.
As of June 2024, Scandinavian Airlines will launch a year-round flight between Copenhagen and Atlanta using an Airbus A330. This new route comes as the airline is transitioning from Star Alliance to SkyTeam, as it prepares to emerge from bankruptcy protection.
It’s not surprising to see this, and I imagine this will be the first of several tweaks to the carrier’s route network. I wouldn’t be surprised to see reduced service to Chicago and Newark, and new service to Detroit, added service to New York, etc.
What do you make of Scandinavian Airlines launching Atlanta flights?