Flight test: Scandinavian Airlines business class

Aircraft Scandinavian Airlines Intercontinental Airbus A340-300.

Route Copenhagen to Bangkok.

Class Business, seat 1G.

Seat pitch and width Every seat reclines 170 degrees into a bed. Seventy-nine inches between seats, 20 inches between armrests (26 inches when flat).

Seat configuration 2-2-2 layout for total of 46 business-class seats (middle two seats missing in row six).

Luggage allowance Two pieces of hand baggage up to eight kilograms each, plus 30 kilograms checked baggage.

Scheduled flight time Ten hours, 55 minutes.

On-time performance Arrived 15 minutes early.

Lounge access I arrive for the late flight leaving Copenhagen at 10.50pm with not much time to spare and the lounge is already closed. SAS is part of the Star Alliance and provides access to partner airlines's lounge facilities.


Aircraft condition Clean, fresh and comfortable.

Console SAS's 26-centimetre personal console seems a bit small compared with some other airlines but is adequate. The seats have a laptop outlet for a PC.

Comfort I'm more than 180 centimetres tall and am yet to find a reclining seat that fits. But the SAS seat feels comfortable despite my length and I sleep well. There is a massage option and the quilted bedding is warm and pleasant. One thing I am grateful for — plenty of leg room.

Service The Scandinavians are a down-to-earth bunch and it shows in their friendly, efficient service. The staff change into practical chef-like outfits to serve food and are attentive and willing to offer extras.

Food and beverages The tasty, healthy menu offers marinated salmon, beef tournedos and a good selection of wines and cheeses. It's all served with top-of-the-range Danish-designed cutlery and crockery. There is a help-yourself buffet between meals that provides fruit, sandwiches, snacks and tea and coffee.

Entertainment With just 46 video titles, 20 TV channels and 30 audio channels, I think the entertainment offering a bit light. There are also 10 games but I'd suggest bringing your own laptop.

Flight frequency Scandinavian Airlines flies Copenhagen to Bangkok six times a week. Flights connect with Star Alliance partners to all major Australian cities.

Online flysas.com.au.

Tested by Simon Johanson