IAD, also in the future?

Old Apr 25, 08, 5:56 am
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IAD, also in the future?

I have heard some rumors lately, that SAS my be considering to stop the CPH>IAD>CPH flight. Has anyone heard about this and is it likely?

The reason is that we use this very frequently and would need to find alternative flights. Better to have some time to do this, than be looking at the last minute.

I recall similar rumors 3-4 years ago, at the time the story was that United wanted the route.

Any assistance on insight you may have would be greatly appreciated
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Old Apr 25, 08, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by chris flyalot View Post
I have heard some rumors lately, that SAS my be considering to stop the CPH>IAD>CPH flight. Has anyone heard about this and is it likely?

The reason is that we use this very frequently and would need to find alternative flights. Better to have some time to do this, than be looking at the last minute.

I recall similar rumors 3-4 years ago, at the time the story was that United wanted the route.

Any assistance on insight you may have would be greatly appreciated
Well didn't UA fly it a couple of years ago? AFAIR it was on behalf of SK.
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Old Apr 25, 08, 11:47 am
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Well didn't UA fly it a couple of years ago? AFAIR it was on behalf of SK.
Was it that when SK wet-leased it from UA while renewing their cabins?
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Old Apr 25, 08, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by miikka View Post
Was it that when SK wet-leased it from UA while renewing their cabins?
I think so, yes.

Speculations about a possible UA/CO-merger belongs in a different thread, but I can't help thinking that using EWR as the primary connecting airport for SK in the US was better for load factor, having both a major tourist and business destination and onward connections served by the same flights, instead of splitting up the traffic.

OK, EWR is not the ideal connecting airport, but that certainly goes for IAD as well!!

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Instead of only flying to airports mainly served by UA and CO, what about partnering with US?
CPH-PHL is probably not a good idea, but what about CPH-CLT?
That would offer connections in the south, and people could fly to ORD/EWR when they're off to northern U.S.
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Old Apr 25, 08, 8:39 pm
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Instead of only flying to airports mainly served by UA and CO, what about partnering with US?
CPH-PHL is probably not a good idea, but what about CPH-CLT?
That would offer connections in the south, and people could fly to ORD/EWR when they're off to northern U.S.
Don't expect SAS to partner any closer with US.. They looked at US new route to ARN as a hostile attack on SAS's home market
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They looked at US new route to ARN as a hostile attack on SAS's home market
Hostile attack or healthy competition, there are many views of the world
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Old Apr 26, 08, 7:42 pm
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EWR vs. IAD

I certainly prefer IAD over EWR, mainly due to frequent long delays in EWR. IAD also is (much) closer to my home and business, if I needed to transfer through EWR to get to CPH, I would rather transfer in Europe (FRA, MUC or even LHR). Likely I am not in the majority, but seems many passengers to IAD have onwards flights to FL, NC, GA - so at least IAD is in the right direction.

My concern is that they will (may) pull the flight with little notification, in which case I will need to find alternative route.

Any thoughts on how likely this is?
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Old Apr 26, 08, 11:03 pm
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Originally Posted by chris flyalot View Post
My concern is that they will (may) pull the flight with little notification, in which case I will need to find alternative route.

Any thoughts on how likely this is?
I don't think anyone can be sure about it but of course it is possible that SAS would pull the route quickly, they have done it before with PVG for example so it is possible. But we can also see that they have focused quite much to US routes anyway so pulling IAD is in my opinion less likely.
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Old Apr 27, 08, 8:41 pm
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Originally Posted by miikka View Post
I don't think anyone can be sure about it but of course it is possible that SAS would pull the route quickly, they have done it before with PVG for example so it is possible. But we can also see that they have focused quite much to US routes anyway so pulling IAD is in my opinion less likely.
Good points, sure hope they decide to stay - it makes my travel from IAD>CPH a short hop, rather than multi-airport-transfer, with resultant loss of time. Last year I did at least 20 return trips, so even 4-5 hours in each direction quickly add-up
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Old Apr 28, 08, 1:42 am
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With the intro of SFO as a destination next year (I hope they keep that promise this time) some changes may occur on the US routes - I would expet though that SEA would be the destination most affected - unfortunately - if any at all.

UA was in on the CPH-IAD-CPH route while SK upgraded their intercont fleet, as wet lease. Hardly a success, do a search on this forum on you will find adjectives on this that do have a very negative trend to it.
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Old Apr 28, 08, 12:58 pm
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I have used the CPH-IAD route several times, last time was a week ago, when I traveled from OSL to MIA.

If SAS decides to stop flying to IAD, I hope that they will use the extra capacity to open a route from OSL to EWR or another major airport in the USA.
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Considering all the various (and contradicting) rumours regarding SAS IC, I don't think people should pay much attention to them. With regards to SAS IC, nothing is sure before it actuelly happens, like the their "12th aircraft"
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