News Listings for Snowflake

  • AB25: Births, deaths and marriages

    News | 25 Nov 2010 21:58 | Graham Dunn

    The past 25 years have seen the rise to prominence on the global stage of low-cost airlines, mega-Gulf carriers, Asian and Latin American operators. But while most of the familiar names have lasted the course, some notables have fallen by the wayside during the journey
  • INTERIORS: Sarah DaVanzo opens APEX

    News | 13 Sep 2010 22:58 | Jon Ostrower

    Are you an egg or a snowflake? That was the provocative and perhaps confusing question posed for the opening session of APEX by keynote speaker Sarah...
  • SAS launches one-way fares

    News | 25 Aug 2005 23:00

    <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>SAS is the latest European network carrier to introduce the cheap variety of one-way fares made so popular by low-cost carriers. The one-way tickets will be available across its European destinations and restrictions such as Saturday night stopovers have been eliminated.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Scandinavian carrier follows Aer Lingus, bmi and British Airways with one-way tickets. It has some experience with them through its Snowflake low-cost carrier experiment over the past two years, and has been testing them on its </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-US>Copenhagen</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US> to </SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-US>Madrid</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN lang=EN-US> route, says Per Moller-Jensen, SAS vice-president </SPAN><st1:place>
  • SAS fights new class war

    News | 01 Dec 2004 00:00

    <p>A steep decline in business traffic has prompted SAS Scandinavian Airlines to introduce an enhanced economy-class product to help it return to profitability on its European network.</p> <p>SAS has launched a third class on its short-haul services targeted at business travellers that often book flights through corporate travel agencies, but can no longer choose business class. &quot;We want corporates to rewrite their travel policies to include Economy Flex,&quot; says Thomas Wandahl, director customer and distribution strategy.</p> <p>SAS says its new Economy Flex class offers many of the benefits of business class such as free rebooking, refunds, priority check-in and fast-track security at some airports. Tickets will be priced at 80-90% of business-class fares. Economy class tickets will cost 10-35% of business- class fares at rates often competitive with low-cost carriers, says Wandahl.</p> <p>SAS has seen a dramatic fall in its traditionally strong business-class market in Eu
  • 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
  • EU debutants decide to ditch frills

    News | 26 Apr 2004 23:00

    <p>Airlines from central and eastern Europe reveal low-cost ambitions as they seek to compete with western rivals</p> <p>Smaller airlines across central and eastern Europe are using this week's enlargement of the European Union to launch no-frills business models and expand their networks in a bid to compete against existing low-fares carriers. </p> <p>The enlargement of the EU on 1 May will take in eight former communist states in central and eastern Europe as well as Cyprus and Malta - all will become part of the liberalised air transport market. Several low-fare airlines from existing western European EU countries including EasyJet, Scandinavian Airlines' Snowflake and Air Berlin City Shuttle are exploiting European competition rules to start services to destinations previously subject to air service bilaterals. While the region's two largest carriers, CSA Czech Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines have been drawn into international alliances, flag carriers in the remaining eight stat