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SAS and Airbus to research hybrid and electric aircraft

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

SAS and Airbus have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding for hybrid and electric aircraft eco-system and infrastructure requirements research. This is a unique cooperation to establish the requirements for the next generation of sustainable aircraft. The project aims to gain an understanding of the introduction of hybrid-electric aircraft for large-scale commercial use.

The partnership involves a joint research project where SAS and Airbus will work together to build knowledge of the opportunities and challenges regarding operations and infrastructure linked to large scale introduction of hybrid and electric aircraft in commercial traffic.

“We are proud of our ambitious sustainability work and are now pleased that Airbus has chosen SAS to partner up with us for this future project. If this becomes a reality, it will revolutionize emissions”, says Rickard Gustafson, CEO, SAS.

SAS has for decades worked to reduce emissions and worked hard and focused towards a more sustainable flying. SAS’s goal is to reduce emissions by 25 per cent by 2030, mainly by modernizing the fleet and increasing the use of biofuels. We see electric aircraft as the next step beyond the current technology.

“We are delighted to be embarking on this partnership with SAS,” said Grazia Vittadini, Airbus Chief Technology Officer. “Leveraging our respective expertise to explore the potential of hybrid-electric propulsion opportunities in our aviation eco-system.”

The collaboration also includes an ambition to involve a renewable energy supplier to ensure genuine zero emissions operations.

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SAS to open a new route to Luxembourg

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (CityJet) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) EI-FPW (msn 15443) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945318.

SAS has made this announcement:

From early November, SAS will fly a new route from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Luxembourg. The route will operate three times a week with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. SAS is the only airline that offers a direct connection between Stockholm and one of the leading business destinations in Europe.

The new route from Stockholm Arlanda to Luxembourg will start on November 4, 2019.

The new route between Stockholm Arlanda and Luxembourg will be flown with 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.

In winter 2019/2020, SAS will also open new routes from Copenhagen to Turin, Italy, and a connection from Oslo to Kyiv in Ukraine. This winter, SAS will fly to 110 destinations from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Many of these routes will be flown with the new Airbus A320neo, the most environment friendly aircraft on the market.

Photo: SAS.

Timetable for Arlanda – Luxembourg

Monday ARN-LUX 08.05-10.20 LUX-ARN 11.00-13.15
Wednesday & Friday ARN-LUX 10.55-13.10 LUX-ARN 13.50-16.05

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (CityJet) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) EI-FPW (msn 15443) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945318.

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airBaltic to start codeshare flights with SAS

airBaltic has concluded a cooperation agreement, known as a codeshare agreement, with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). The airBaltic and SAS partnership will offer convenient connections between Latvia, Scandinavia and beyond. 

airBaltic will put its code BT on flights connecting Riga and Alesund, Bergen, Stavanger, Tromso, Trondheim via such common gateways as Oslo and Copenhagen airport. SAS will place its flight code SK on direct flights from Stockholm Arlanda, Copenhagen and Oslo airports and vice versa, ensuring transportation between Scandinavian capitals and Riga, as well as connecting traffic from SAS’s whole network and Riga via its three hubs.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In summer season 2019, airBaltic has launched new destinations from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv as well as to Kos and Menorca.

SAS reaches agreement with its pilots unions

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKT (msn 1697) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946391.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

Negotiations between SAS and SPF (Svensk Pilotförening), NSF/NF (Norsk Flygerforbund*), SNF (SAS Norge Pilotforening*) and DPF (Dansk Pilotforening*) are now concluded. The parties have agreed on new collective bargaining agreements and all flights in Denmark, Norway and Sweden will be resumed as soon as possible.

Following the pilot strike, that started on Friday April 26, 2019 the parties in all countries have now reached three-year agreements and the strike has been called off. The pilots will resume their work and traffic is expected to normalize over the next few days.

The agreements between SAS and the pilots’ unions concern predictability of scheduling, job security and salaries. In addition, the previously canceled agreements concerning collaboration and career paths have been reintroduced.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

It is too early to provide an estimate of the financial effects, but after six days of pilot strike approximately 360,000 passengers have been affected by 4,015 canceled flights, while SAS’ other employees have worked around the clock to help our customers.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to all those SAS employees who have worked day and night to help our customers in this difficult situation”, Rickard Gustafson concludes.

Traffic disruptions will continue during the following days while normal traffic is resumed.

*) Formal approval subject to member vote.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKT (msn 1697) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946391.

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SAS announces it expects additional traffic disruptions due to pilot strike, cancels more flights

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROE (msn 7791) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 943747.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

We deeply regret that our customers are being affected by the ongoing pilot strike that has led to delays and cancellations. As a result of the ongoing conflict, SAS will cancel additional departures on Wednesday.

In total, about 47 000 travelers will be affected when SAS cancels 504 departures across Scandinavia on Wednesday 1 May. See the table below for information about all canceled departures. In the meantime, we’re doing everything we can to help our travelers affected by the strike. SAS is striving to reach a solution as quickly as possible to prevent additional inconveniences for travelers. Negotiations between SAS and the pilots’ unions have not yet resumed.

“I am deeply concerned that the pilot strike hasn’t been resolved and that it is continuing to affect our customers. The consequences are serious for all travelers, for society and also for all our employees who are working around the clock to help everyone. The demands made by the pilots’ unions entail significant cost increases for SAS that would threaten the company’s long-term competitiveness and consequently, the jobs of all SAS’ employees. SAS has clearly stated that we are prepared to continue negotiating and find a solution. The unions have not yet indicated that they are ready to release their ultimate demands and return to the negotiating table, which means that we remain in a deadlock”, says Rickard Gustafson, President & CEO of SAS.

Flights operated by SAS’ partners will not be affected by the strike. Travelers concerned that the strike could impact their travel plans may rebook or cancel their tickets free of charge until 5 May. More detailed information about rebooking and cancellation rules can be found on SAS’ website at https://www.flysas.com/en/traffic-information/disruptions/

Date Canceled departures No. of passengers
Friday April 26 673 72 300
Saturday April 27 329 33 912
Sunday April 28 587 63 360
Monday April 29 667 60 813
Tuesday April 30 546 48 949
Wednesday May 1 504 47 583

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROE (msn 7791) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 943747.

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Reuters: SAS cancels 1,200 more flights as pilot strike drags on

From Reuters:

SAS canceled more than 1,200 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday as a pilot strike that has disrupted the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of passengers entered its third day on Sunday.

SAS pilots went out on strike on Friday as wage talks broke down, grounding around 70 percent of the airline’s flights and impacting about 280,000 passengers including the latest cancellations.

“We deeply regret that our customers are affected by the ongoing pilot strike when SAS now cancels flights on Monday and Tuesday,” the airline said in a statement.

“The strike will affect an additional 61,000 passengers on Monday when 667 flights are canceled across Scandinavia. On Tuesday 49,000 passengers and 546 departures will be affected.”

The deadlock in the dispute showed no sign of being broken early on Sunday with both SAS, Swedish and Danish pilots unions and Norway’s employers association NHO saying no renewed contacts between the parties had been initiated.

The carrier created after World War 2, which remains part-owned by the Swedish and Danish governments, has said it was prepared to return to negotiations but warned that agreeing to pilots’ demands would seriously damage the company.

The airline industry’s employer body in Sweden has said pilots sought a 13 percent wage hike despite what it called already high average wages of 93,000 Swedish crowns ($9,777) a month, demands it labeled as “extreme”.

The SAS Pilot Group, a union body representing 95 percent of the airline’s pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, has said the dispute concerns more than wages, pointing to demands for more predictable working hours.

Pilot strike at SAS expands as the pilot unions in Denmark and Norway also strike, 673 flights cancelled today

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Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has issued this statement:

Members of the Swedish pilot union (Svensk Pilotförening, SPF) in SAS Scandinavia have been called out on strike. As a consequence of the strike, domestic, European and long-haul flights have been canceled, and thousands of travelers will be affected. Flights operated by SAS Ireland and airlines that are subcontractors of SAS will not be affected by the strike.

The strike follows SPF’s rejection of the mediator proposals for agreements. Negotiations have been held since March with the support of external mediators in the final stages. SAS wishes to continue negotiations and reach an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible. Negotiations are still ongoing in Denmark and Norway.

All members of the Swedish pilot unions have been called out on strike which means that many domestic, European and long-haul flights have been canceled. The strike does not include flights operated by SAS partners, which make up approximately 30% of all departures.

The strike follows lack of success in reaching an agreement between the parties. Negotiations have been held in all three countries since March and with the support of external mediators in the final stages. SAS wishes to continue negotiations and reach an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible.

“It is deeply regretful that the pilots strike will have a negative impact on our customers. SAS is prepared to continue to negotiate, but if the requirements were to be met, they would have very negative consequences for the company. Nonetheless, the pilot associations have chosen conflict. Our first priority now is to take care of our passengers and at this moment in time, all SAS employees are doing everything they can to help customers affected,” says Karin Nyman, Director of Communications at SAS.

All members of the pilot unions have been called out on strike which means that most domestic, European and all long-haul flights have been canceled. The strike does not include flights operated by SAS partners, which make up approximately 30% of all departures.
Customers who have a flight booked, are advised to check if their flight is impacted by the strike at www.flysas.com/en/disruptions.

On Friday, April 26, 673 flights will be canceled affecting over 72,000 passengers.

SAS will send updates via SMS and email to those passengers affected. There is a dedicated page for all information concerning traffic disruptions: www.flysas.com/en/disruptions, which will be updated continuously. Everyone who has a flight booked is advised to check the status of their flight on the website before going to the airport as flight status information is frequently updated.

TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS DUE TO PILOT STRIKE IN DENMARK, NORWAY AND SWEDEN

We’re sorry if you’ve been affected by the ongoing pilot strike that has led to delays and canceled flights.

We’re doing everything we can to help everyone.

Flights operated by SAS’ partners will not be affected by the strike.

SAS is striving to reach a solution as quickly as possible to prevent additional inconveniences for travelers.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROA (msn 7602) (Netflix – The Rain) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 943990.

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