While I recently had a crazy trip to Singapore and back over the course of 72 hours, I’ve just kicked off a trip that’s a lot more about the destination than the journey.
Yesterday we flew SAS business class from Los Angeles to Stockholm, which was operated by one of their A330s. I was excited about this for two main reasons:
- SAS just launched their Los Angeles to Stockholm route in March
- SAS has the Vantage XL seat in business class, which is very well regarded, though I had never flown it before
With that in mind, I figured I’d share my usual teaser post about the flight, with a much more detailed review to follow.
Let’s start with the seats. They’re a huge upgrade over the Vantage seats that other airlines have in business class, as they offer a good amount of privacy.
The seats are well designed overall, and don’t have the same issue of restrictive legroom as in the Vantage configuration (offered on Austrian, Brussels, Delta, etc.). However, it still isn’t in the same league as a reverse herringbone seat or a window seat in an Apex suite configuration, in my opinion.
The food on the flight was excellent, though the service was slow. The dinner service took 2.5 hours, while the breakfast service started 1hr40min before landing. On an overnight flight in business class I’d far prefer that the service is done at a faster pace.
But it’s the crew that really shocked me. The purser and one of the business class flight attendants were friendly, while the other two business class flight attendants were actively rude. They had zero charm, rolled their eyes at me when I asked for a drink in the galley, etc. I’ll assume they were just bad apples, but wow… they were among the worst flight attendants I’ve had in a while.
Lastly, I’d note that SAS offers free internet for business class passengers, which is pretty awesome.
So I’m conflicted about SAS business class — the seats were solid, the food was great, and wifi was free. On the other hand, two of the flight attendants were terrible.
Of course a full trip report will follow, though in the meantime below are 10 pictures of my flight in SAS’ new business class product.