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SAS Boeing 737-700

Scandinavian Airlines, also known as SAS, announced a new non-stop flight between Norway and Houston.

The flight is scheduled to begin operations on August 20 of this year.

Tickets go on sale April 29.

The flight will depart from Houston at 9:35 pm everyday except Saturday, arriving in Stavanger the next day at 2:20 pm local time.

“Houston enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the ‘energy capital of the world’,” said Houston mayor Annise Parker. “The arrival of Scandinavian Airlines to Houston will allow us to strengthen that role even more moving forward.”

The direct flight will decrease travel time by several hours. Current routes between Norway and Houston require at least one connection, most commonly through Amsterdam, Newark, Paris, or Frankfurt.

The route will be operated by a “business version” of the Boeing 737-700 with 44 business seats.

Scandinavian Airlines chief executive Rickard Gustafson said, “The route we have established is a tailored product for a defined market with particular travel needs.”