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Oil execs ‘flying low’ with SAS

03 June 2015, News Wires – Globetrotting oil executives trying to swing a luxury flight on SAS’ exclusive Stavanger-to-Houston service have apparently seen their request fall on deaf ears in the accounts department amid corporate cutbacks – causing passenger figures to nosedive.

SAS flight                                                  (GORM K. GAARE/Upstream)

The Scandinavian airline has reportedly been struggling to fill seats on the no-expense-spared route launched last August, coinciding with a plunge in the oil price that has forced companies to tighten the purse strings on travel budgets.

The business class-only flights on the specially upgraded 44-seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft have been less than half full – with an average of 20 passengers on each flight – forcing SAS to offer discounts on pricey tickets.

A round-trip fare for the nine-hour flight was originally priced at a sky-high Nkr61,000 ($7800) at the time of the launch but was this week being offered for a mere Nkr38,600 for the privilege of enjoying a full in-flight service including a la carte catering with champagne, a personal iPad and enough leg-room for even the biggest industry fat cat.

Touted as the first direct flight between the two oil capitals, SAS is refusing to ground the extravagant venture despite low ticket sales, according to Danish publication Check-In.

It is though looking at other potential markets with well-heeled clients to fill capacity on the route.

Who knows: perhaps indicted Fifa executives would like to be extradited to the US in style…?



– Upstream

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