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For such a small plane, SAS’ transatlantic 737 sure has spent a lot of time in the news recently. The aircraft, which is operated by contractor Privatair, first began regular US service when it launched on the Houston (IAH) to Stavanger, Norway route last year. That route is popular among oil executives, who, as you may have heard, aren’t currently reeling in the big bucks they once were. In response to a decline in interest, SAS is ending its nonstop Houston service on October 23.
The same week that it shared the news of the ending Houston flight, the airline announced that it would be bringing its all-business 737 to Newark, with a flight to Copenhagen (CPH) six days a week. Then, at the beginning of 2016, the airline will reconfigure the plane with 20 business-class seats and 66 economy seats, and continue flying to Newark.
This week, however, SAS announced that it would be moving the plane to a brand-new route — Boston to Copenhagen. That new flight will operate year-round, with the same 86 seats that’ll be available on the Newark route in Q1 of 2016. The Privatair 737 will move to its new home in Boston in late March 2016.
SAS is targeting business travelers with the new flight, including those traveling from Boston’s tech companies and universities to Europe. Note that this aircraft doesn’t have SAS’ latest business-class product, offering angle-flat seats, instead. The flight will depart Boston at 5:30pm each day, arriving the next morning at 7:00am. Then, on the return, it’ll leave Copenhagen at 12:50pm and pull into BOS at 3:20pm, leaving plenty of time for connections on both continents.
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