Business Class only services are in an interesting proposition as they fill specific needs – for example the classic British Airways London City to New York service serves the needs of Canary Wharf and New York. The upcoming Qatar Airways service will operate at times convenient to business needs.
It seems SAS is getting in on the action with a new service – between Stavanger and Houston to serve oil business needs … with a Boeing 737-700.
- SVG – IAH = 4844 miles Map – Great Circle Mapper – www.gcmap.com
A 737-700? Yes. The very same that’s used by many airlines on short-haul services. This is more precisely a Boeing 737 Boeing Business Jet-1, which is based on the 737-700.
This aircraft will be configured with 44 business class long haul seats only on the plane as a business class only plane, and will be wet-leased from PrivatAir in a special SAS livery, which should handle the extended range reasonably well.
The service commences 20th August 2014, and will operate six days a week (Saturday excluded). Whilst actual timings have not been released, SAS are promising the timings will make reasonable connections in Norway, as well as in the Americas with connections towards Mexico, Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix.
Tickets go on sale for this business class service on the 29th April.
It’s an innovative service… as these business class services always are. Providing they can get companies to pay to use it – it could be a winner.