SAS 20th anniversary in Poznań
In October this year, SAS Scandinavian Airlines celebrate the 20th anniversary of their presence at Poznań-Ławica Airport. The SAS office in the capital of Wielkopolska Province opened on the day of the carrier's first flight in Poznań - 30 October 1995 - and since then has served passengers who use SAS flights via Copenhagen to Scandinavia, as well as other cities in Europe, Asia and the USA.
SAS specialises in handling business traffic, which perfectly suited passengers' needs as early as in the 1990s, when SAS was the first foreign carrier to launch a route from Poznań. Still today the SAS airport office remains one of a few offices opened by the airlines which fly to that city, and its work is appreciated by passengers. "The decision to enter the Poznań market was a pioneering one, as was the case with numerous actions taken earlier. However, Poznan’s business potential convinced us. Our route is very popular with Scandinavians, but what makes us happy is the fact that residents of Wielkopolska region fly with us equally often, appreciating the standard of SAS service and the transfer possibilities offered, mainly to the Scandinavian countries, but also to other European cities, as well as ones in the USA and Asia." says Beata Ryglewicz, the head of the SAS office in Poznań.
Initially, the SAS route in Poznań was handled by small, 46-seat Fokker-50 aircraft. For the first 12 months, SAS offered 3 flights a week. Since the very beginning, the route enjoyed great popularity, which is why soon the number of flights increased to 7 a week, and then SAS operated as many as 14 a week. In 2000, the carrier introduced on its route from Poznań new, 72-seat Dash Q-400 aircraft.
Over the last 20 years, SAS has, from time to time, often introduced, interchangeably, bigger aircraft, such as MD-80, Airbus 320 or Boeing 737 – mainly in response to increased demand during fairs or other important events in Poznan's life – e.g. during the 2008 UN climate conference or EURO 2012 championship.
Since 2008, the route was operated by CRJ 200, and since the spring 2015 – by CRJ 900 and ATR 72 aircraft. Over the last few years SAS has offered 2-3 flights a day to Copenhagen.
Currently, passengers who travel with SAS from Poznań can choose from 12 direct flights a week to Copenhagen: twice a day from Monday to Friday, and once a day on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to the early morning departures and late arrivals, passengers can travel to and from cities in Scandinavia (e.g. Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bergen or Stavanger) and the rest of Europe (e.g. Brussels, Zurich, Geneva, Paris, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Manchester or Aberdeen) even within one day. The flights are currently operated by ATR 72 aircraft, which take 70 persons on board.
Wanda Brociek, the SAS Director for Poland, says: “We are really pleased about our already 20-year presence in Poznań, and would like to thank very much for the trust placed in us for years by the passengers who use the Copenhagen route. At the same time, the long-standing cooperation with the Poznań airport is really important to us. SAS is constantly working on the offer and service, in order to serve the passengers who use its services in Poznań even better. We do our best to make sure our passengers arrive on time – we are the second most punctual major airline in the world*”.
Planes which take off from Poznań land at Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport, being the SAS main hub, from which passengers can take advantage of many comfortable flights not only to Scandinavia, but also to numerous cities in Europe, Asia and the USA, such as: Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Thanks to the cooperation with Star Alliance partners, SAS passengers can continue their journey to distant parts of the USA, Asia and even to Australia.
Kastrup is one of the most friendly airports: it is comfortable and convenient for transfers. It is, at the same time, cosy, well-signposted, efficiently connected with Copenhagen's city centre and (through Oresund bridge) with Sweden. The term "friendly" should be understood as – lack of noise, constant announcements, a lot of places to sit, rich culinary and commercial offer. The main hub of SAS is the biggest airport in Scandinavia and, at the same time, one of the biggest transit airports in northern Europe, with 25.6 million passengers handled in 2014. It is also the most punctual airport of the region.
Apart from flights on the Poznań – Copenhagen route, SAS in Poland offers direct flights to Copenhagen from Gdańsk, Warsaw, Wrocław and Katowice (and from March 2016 onwards also from Kraków), as well as from Gdańsk to Oslo (Gardermoen airport) and Stockholm Arlanda (the latter will be launched in March 2016). In total, SAS offers connections to over 60 Nordic cities.
SAS is looking forward to see you on-board!
* according to Flightstats.com which monitors the air transport traffic all over the world.
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