SAS has signed a new modern collective bargain agreement with the Norwegian pilot union NSF. The negotiations have reached its objective after a strike that lasted for seven days and involved 17 pilots. SAS has now agreed with all of its pilot unions on new collective bargain agreements that create conditions for future expansion.
Job security, reduced complexity and SAS need to act faster in relation to the market’s demand have been central parts in the negotiations for a new collective bargain agreement with the pilot unions during this spring. The Norwegian pilot union NSF signed the agreement as the last of the pilot unions and the agreement is now subject to a member voting.
The new collective bargain agreement is in force for 1 year and valid from April 1, 2015.
Copyright Photo below: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-683 LN-RRD (msn 28301) arrives in Zurich.
SAS today (November 7) flew from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Östersund (flight SK 2064) with a 10 % blend in of a certified JET A1 based on re-used cooking oil. The fuel was distributed and delivered by Statoil Aviation and SkyNRG. The flight was also supported by Swedavia.
The synthetic JET A1 as well as the blended JET A1 is certified according to ASTM D7566 and D1655. This flight was not only the first of its kind for SAS but also the first flight from Arlanda Airport.
SAS has worked for over ten years to accelerate the commercialization of renewable fuels. Renewable fuels are crucial on the journey towards a more sustainable aviation. This type of flight proof that solutions exist and focus on creating conditions for this to become a reality on a large scale is essential.
During next week a flight is planned from Trondheim to Oslo in Norway on a 48% blend in of certified synthetic JET A1.
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. The biofuel flight was operated with a Boeing 737-600. Boeing 737-683 SE-DNX (msn 28304) arrives at Stockholm (Arlanda).
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) announced it will launch a new nonstop route between Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport and Hamburg Airport with two return flights every weekday and one return flight on Sundays starting on April 22. Today, over 100,000 passengers fly between Stockholm Arlanda and Hamburg every year. Hamburg is one of Germany’s largest cities. The last time SAS operated this route was 2009, but it is now being reopened in order to meet SAS passengers’ needs for direct routes within Europe.
The route will be operated by a Boeing 737-600 (pictured) with capacity for 120 passengers and a Boeing 717 with capacity for 115 passengers. The flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Germany is a large market for SAS, and the airline has several daily direct departures from Stockholm Arlanda to the three German destinations of Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Berlin. In total, SAS operates around 500 flights a week between Scandinavia and Germany.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-683 LN-RPY (msn 28292) waits for runway clearance at Manchester.
Lufthansa is also carefully evaluating its relationships with the very successful and aggressive Gulf carriers. So far, the Lufthansa Group has decided to serve those markets on its own but it will not rule out a possible future alliance with the Gulf carriers like Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS is one of the limited number of Boeing 737-600 operators. Boeing 737-683 LN-RPS (msn 28298) departs from the runway at Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol.