News Listings for SAS Commuter

  • SAS maintenance spin off

    News | 30 Sep 2004 23:00

    <p>SAS Group is to spin off its maintenance division SAS Technical Services. The move will encompass the maintenance divisions of the mainline carrier SAS, the group's Norwegian operator Braathens, regional carrier SAS Commuter, as well as Estonian Air. Around 3,800 staff are employed in the combined entity. </p>
  • SAS routes Cimber to Copenhagen

    News | 31 Aug 2004 23:00

    <p>Cimber Air is to operate eight routes from Copenhagen on behalf of SAS Scandinavian Airlines, less than a year after SAS sold its minority stake in the Danish regional, citing strategic difficulties.</p> <p>Cimber will operate routes on a wet-lease basis from Lyon in France, Newcastle and Aberdeen in the UK, Szczecin in Poland, Palanga in Lithuania and Vesteras in Sweden. The latter is conditional on obtaining &quot;reasonable&quot; rates from the airport, whose only other scheduled customer is Ryanair. Cimber is also in negotiation with two other airports. The carrier will operate 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s on the new routes.</p> <p>In March 2003, SAS sold its 26% stake in Cimber and subsequently ended the carrier's affiliated status, except for the frequent flyer programme, saying it would concentrate on those affiliates over which it had complete control, including SAS Commuter, based in Kastrup, Denmark. Cimber cut 15% of its workforce last year and is also undertaking wet-lea
  • FlyBE signs up for SAS support

    News | 20 Jul 2004 23:00

    <p>FlyBE has signed a long-term contract with SAS Component in support of the airline's expanding Bombardier Q400 fleet. The contract, a 'power by the hour' arrangement, covers the repair and overhaul of all components on the high-performance turboprop. </p> <p>The deal enables the exchange of parts between the fleet of SAS Commuter and FlyBE and provides for a shared inventory, which will be held at both Copenhagen and FlyBE's Exeter UK headquarters.</p>
  • Back from the brink

    News | 30 Apr 2004 23:00

    <p>After brokering a last-minute deal with unions for vital concessions, SAS Scandinavian Airlines believes it has the cost base to reinvent itself as a profitable network carrier able to repel the low-cost carrier invasion</p> <p>SAS Group management prepared two press releases on the eve of critical pilot and cabin crew union negotiations in late March - one red, one green. If the talks succeeded, the green one, depicting a restructured, lower-cost network carrier, would to be released. If they failed, the red one would be posted, showing a scaled-back Scandinavian airline with no long-haul services essentially feeding Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.</p> <p>After a night of "harsh" negotiations, including a period where agreement looked so unlikely that SAS executives were briefed to expect the worse, a deal was hammered out in the early hours of 24 March. The agreements with the last of 39 unions at SAS were part of the group's Turnaround 2005 plan, designed to wrench its unit co
  • Unions approve 737-600 deal

    News | 03 Feb 2004 00:00

    <p>Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has struck a deal with pilots' unions to enable it to fly its Boeing 737-600 fleet under regional jet operating rules until the carrier acquires sub-100-seat jets.</p> <p>As part of its review of future profitability, SAS has identified a requirement for 10 regional jets to be used on thinner point-to-point routes, but has had to withdraw from a joint Star Alliance acquisition due to lack of financing options, it says. In the interim, the airline has secured a "tentative agreement" with pilots to operate part of its fleet of 30 111-seat 737-600s, which will be redesignated as regional jets in flightcrew scope clauses. S&ouml;ren Belin, SAS executive vice-president and chief operating officer, describes the new deal as being "two-tiered", with an unspecified deadline by which time regional jets need to enter service. The airline is finalising which routes would qualify under the agreement and Belin says a similar agreement with cabin crew is being negotia
  • SAS questions its long-haul future

    News | 26 May 2003 23:00

    <p>ALEXANDER CAMPBELL / STOCKHOLM</p> <p>Strong competition is putting the future of the Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) long-haul operation in doubt, says the airline's new chief operating officer S&ouml;ren Belin. "It is a tricky question whether long-haul will be a sustainable business," says Belin, who joined SAS in February. "If plan C [the latest round of restructuring] delivers, all our plans will be sustainable on all routes - but it is still very tough to see when we can expand."</p> <p>While origin and destination traffic is holding up, Belin says SAS's location can be a disadvantage for connecting traffic. "There is an connection traffic...for example to Seattle," he says, adding: "It is justifiable to question whether we can compete in the connection market."</p> <p>With long-haul expansion ruled out, the airline's Boeing 767-300ER fleet will be phased out this year following its replacement by Airbus A330-300s and A340-300s. "We do not plan to use [the 767s]