NEW YORK —  Aalborg, a city in Denmark, may not be a well-known destination for US travelers, but it is about to receive a transatlantic link to New York City. Starting on April 27, passengers will have the option to fly nonstop between New York Newark and Aalborg Airport, situated in the Jutland region of northern Denmark.

The flights will be conducted three times a week by SAS Scandinavian with Airbus A321LRs, the longer-range variant of the European planemaker's A320neo Family. SAS will also offer an additional service between Newark and Gothenburg in Sweden, which is set to launch on April 28. Passengers can likewise expect three weekly flights on board A321LRs for this route.

SAS's single-aisle A321LRs, equipped with 157 seats, will feature 22 seats in business class and 12 in premium economy. Although flights will be suspended during winter 2023/24, they are expected to resume the following summer.

SAS deviates from its typical network strategy by introducing two new routes to Newark. Previously, the airline served North America from Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm. However, SAS's three A321LRs now offer the airline greater flexibility in planning its long-haul routes. This flexibility permits SAS to tap into the US demand from secondary cities in Scandinavia with lower risks compared to operating a widebody aircraft.

Newark will also receive two daily flights from Copenhagen and a daily service from both Oslo and Stockholm. SAS recently resumed services to New York JFK in February, offering five weekly flights from Copenhagen, marking the Scandinavian carrier's return to JFK after 30 years.