SAS boosts capacity From N. America

SAS boosts capacity From N. America

SAS Cargo, on Tuesday said it has signed contracts with Korean Air Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo in order to boost capacity from North America.

SAS Cargo said it has signed contracts with Korean Air Cargo and WOW-alliance partner Singapore Airlines Cargo about cargo capacity onboard their freighters from North America to Scandinavia.

The contracts cover Singapore Airline Cargo's flight from O'Hare airport in Chicago to Copenhagen every Friday and Korean Air Cargo's flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Oslo every Monday.

Both routes are operated by 747 freighters, SAS Cargo said.

With these contracts SAS Cargo said it's increasing capacity from North America to Scandinavia with 64 tons per week.

It said the first flight from Chicago is on May 21 and the first flight from New York on June 7.

"The new contracts will work as a supplement to our current belly capacity onboard SAS' aircraft and they will provide us with capacity that enable us to accept cargo that does not hold the requirements regarding size and dimensions to enter passenger aircraft," said Kenneth Marx, president and chief executive of SAS Cargo.

"Furthermore, we have experienced increased cargo quantities from North America to Europe lately and we wish to be able to meet this increase," Marx said.

In the fall 2003 SAS Cargo said it signed a similar contract with Korean Air Cargo regarding capacity from New York to Copenhagen.

With the two new contracts SAS Cargo said it will have three weekly freighter departures from North America to Scandinavia.

The use of all-cargo freighters opens up the possibility to transport large animals and cargo that does not fit into the belly of a passenger aircraft, the company said.