SAS/Braathens a reality from May

The board of the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has postponed by 14 days the decision to merge SAS with Braathens.

The board of the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has postponed by 14 days the decision to merge SAS with Braathens.

However, SAS/Braathens will become a reality from May this year, according to NRK.


The final decision will be taken at an extraordinary board meeting on March 23rd.

-At that meeting the new agreement with the Norwegian SAS pilots will be brought to a successful close, says Joergen Lindegaard, Chief Executive of the SAS Group.

He has also said that if the Danish cabin crew union does not accept a cut in salaries and longer working hours, along the lines accepted by the Norwegian union on Wednesday, the Danish crew may be replaced by Norwegian or Swedish crews.

The SAS board was closeted all Wednesday afternoon for a discussion of the measures needed for cutting costs within the group. SAS has announced that it needs to save NOK 2 billion in order to avoid cutting more jobs.

The new airline will operate 50 aircraft, and they will be manned by the same number of pilots and cabin staff that the Scandinavian Airlines and Braathens have at their disposal today.

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