Travelers can look forward to nonstop flights between Houston and Norway beginning on Aug. 20, 2014.
Scandinavian Airlines will launch nonstop air service between Stavanger, Norway and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The route is in direct response to demand from business travelers in the oil and gas industry.
"Houston enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the 'energy capital of the world,'" says Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "The arrival of Scandinavian Airlines to Houston will allow us to strengthen that role even more moving forward and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with our new partners."
A business version of the Boeing 737-700 will be the plane model used for the Transatlantic flights and will include a SAS Long Haul Business Class concept on board. The configuration carries 44 business class seats, along with an in-flight entertainment system and full-service meals.
"The route we have established is a tailored product for a defined market with particular travel needs," says Rickard Gustafson, president and chief executive officer of SAS. "The favorable timetable provides excellent connections throughout Scandinavia in both directions, while Houston is a hub for connections to the south and west such as Mexico, Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix with the Star Alliance."
"The City of Houston is currently enjoying an unprecedented level of global connectivity," says Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz. "This strong international route network is important to both Houston's economy as well as the quality of life enjoyed by its residents and the arrival of Scandinavian Airlines will have a positive impact on both of those fronts."
The SAS flight will depart from Houston at 9:35 p.m. each day except on Saturday and will arrive the next day in Stavanger at 2:20 p.m. The departures flights from Stavanger will take off at 4 p.m. every day except Saturday and will be scheduled to arrive in Houston at 7:40 p.m. on the same day.
SAS will be the only airline with nonstop service between the Scandinavian region and Houston.
Tickets for the flight will be available for sale beginning on April 29.
Star Alliance travelers can earn mileage in EuroBonus or any Star Alliance frequent flyer program.