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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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SAS’ pilot unions in three countries to strike the company on April 26

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

SAS IS OFFERING VOLUNTARY REBOOKING FREE OF CHARGE, FOR THOSE PASSENGERS WHO ARE BEING WORRIED ABOUT THEIR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS BEING AFFECTED BY A POSSIBLE PILOT STRIKE STARTING ON 26APRIL19.

The offer is valid for SAS operated flights. Flights operated by our partners are not affected by a possible strike and are not subject for voluntary rebooking free of charge.  

As always, SAS has a strong ambition to reach new collective bargaining agreements thus avoiding conflict.

We are offering our customers to voluntary change their reservation free of charge on My Bookings, even if the flight hasn’t yet been affected or canceled as long as the following criteria are met:

·        Your flight is with SAS

·        Flight is not cancelled

·        The departure date of your flight are between 26-29 April 2019

·        Your ticket number starts with 117

·        Your ticket is issued on/before 24 April 2019

·        The ticket is purchased on SAS web, SAS App or SAS Call Center.

·        If you booked via a travel agent or a tour operator, please contact them directly.

You can rebook to a SAS flight on another date to the same destination if the same service class as the original ticket is available. The new date of travel may not be later than 23-25 April 2019 or 06 May until 30 September 2019.

Please note that you cannot rebook your trip online if you are travelling with an infant, ordered a special meal, are travelling as an unaccompanied minor, have requested transportation of a wheelchair or pet.

SAS will not reimburse travelers for costs such as, but not limited to, accommodations, meals or surface or air transport related for voluntary rebookings.

Did you book your ticket via a travel agent or a tour operator? Please contact your travel agent to rebook your flight.

The pilot unions in Denmark, Norway and Sweden have given notice of a conflict with SAS. The notification of strike includes all pilots who are members of SPF (Svensk pilotförening), NSF/NF (Norsk Flygerforbund), SNF (SAS Norge Pilotförening) and DPF (Dansk Pilotforening). The earliest possible start date for a potential strike is April 26th.

For general information about your options regarding delayed or cancelled flights, Delayed or cancelled flights

SAS to launch a new seasonal Brussels – Tromsø route

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Scandinavian Airlines – SAS has made this announcement:

SAS will operate a Boeing 737 on the route on Saturdays from January to March. The winter period is seen as a particularly attractive time to visit Northern Norway, so SAS has reached agreements with numerous companies in the tourism sector to attract tourists to the “Paris of the North”, Tromsø.

“Northern Norway, with Tromsø as the jewel in the crown, is attracting more and more attention internationally for its stunning scenery and exotic environment, so in response SAS is improving its services further to meet demand,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP Commercial, SAS.

SAS is working with various companies, including tour operator Nordic in Belgium, in conjunction with this initiative, which is very relevant to the tourist market in the BeNeLux countries.

During the year, SAS brings several thousand tourists from Asia and USA to the region, and through this direct link, SAS is further improving connections to and from Europe. SAS is also finding that the direct routes from Copenhagen and Stockholm to Tromsø are popular traffic arteries for people flying from destinations across the Star Alliance network.

SAS expects to fly almost 100,000 passengers between Tromsø and Europe during the winter program, which extends from November 2019 to March 2020.

SAS operates a three-class system on its flights within Europe, SAS Go Light; SAS Go, which also includes a 23kg checked bag, newspapers, coffee and tea on board, and SAS Plus which offers additional premium benefits including complimentary lounges, Fast Travel security, premium check-in, complimentary food and drink and an additional piece of 23kg luggage and fully flexible tickets.

SAS operates a modern fleet, aiming to always offer the most sustainable way of flying, with the airline aiming to reduce emissions by 25% by 2030. Additional sustainable actions include SAS carbon offsetting all travel for its EuroBonus travelers, as well as those traveling on a SAS Youth Ticket, with a simple and quick option offered to all passengers who also wish to carbon offset their journey.

Note: SAS is increasing noting its involvement in carbon offsetting as “flying shame” increases in Sweden. Bloomberg details the decline in travel in Sweden with an article.

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SAS to launch a new direct route to Beirut from Stockholm

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROP (msn 8350) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945341.

SAS has made this announcement:

At the end of June, SAS will begin to fly from Stockholm to Beirut twice a week. The route will initially be operated on Wednesdays and Sundays and then from mid-August on Wednesdays and Saturdays until September 7, 2019. SAS already flies to the Lebanese capital from Copenhagen during the summer months.

The new route, which launches on June 30, establishes an even better connection between Scandinavia and one of the world’s oldest cities, which boasts a wide range of experiences: well-preserved castles, historic churches and mosques, beautiful beaches and the world-famous Lebanese cuisine.

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