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    Airline CEO churn moderated in 2021 – with Canada clearout the exception


    Fifteen of the world’s top 100 airlines and groups welcomed new chief executives in the 12 months to early December 2021, according to FlightGlobal’s latest survey, with upheaval among North American airlines a notable theme – and one that is set to continue into 2022.

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    Airlines keep eyes on the summer prize despite winter worries


    It has been almost two decades since there was a direct transatlantic flight operating out of St Louis. That Lufthansa should announce plans to serve the Missouri city in 2022 at a time when the Omicron variant is casting such a pall over near-term demand illustrates the continued faith airlines have in the next northern hemisphere summer.

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    SAS chief uncertain of Omicron winter impact but optimistic on summer 2022


    The chief executive of Scandinavian carrier SAS has described his ‘optimism’ over demand in summer 2022, despite the near-term uncertainty created by the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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    SAS looks at fleet options for thinner network demand


    Scandinavia’s SAS is evaluating fleet options to address lower demand on the company’s network, and is closing in on a decision. Speaking during a full-year briefing, chief executive Anko van der Werff said the company was assessing “what we can do, what we want to get” and was “nearing the ...

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    SAS to introduce new Connect and Link operating arms at Copenhagen


    Scandinavia’s SAS is preparing to commence operations from Copenhagen with new internal operating models, known as SAS Connect and SAS Link, but insists they will not prove confusing to customers. SAS says market dynamics have “changed substantially” over the course of the pandemic and the shift requires the company to ...

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    ​SAS chief sounds warning on ‘wall of debt’ facing airline industry


    The airline industry is “not out of the woods yet”, SAS chief executive Anko van der Werff has cautioned, as companies face the prospect of managing huge debt burdens built-up through Covid-19.

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    EasyJet crew’s forced emergency stop averted taxi collision with SAS jet


    Dutch investigators have disclosed that an EasyJet Airbus A320 crew was forced to make an emergency stop to prevent a taxiing collision at Amsterdam Schiphol, after an SAS A320neo failed to give way at a junction. The EasyJet aircraft had landed on runway 18R and the SAS jet on the ...

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    Europe’s airlines acutely aware that winter is coming


    There are reasons to be cheerful about Europe’s recent performance. But the outlook for the coming winter season on the passenger side of the business remains awash with uncertainty.

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    SAS reports summer demand increase but warns of continued uncertainties


    Scandinavian airline SAS sees “encouraging signs” of greater demand through the summer season but is warning that “significant challenges” remain as the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 delays its capacity ramp-up.

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    SAS turns in first quarterly operating improvement since crisis began


    Scandinavian operator SAS has turned in a first-half operating loss of SKr4.2 billion ($506 million), a deterioration on the previous year’s figure – although the company’s second quarter improved. It slashed operating losses for the second quarter by around 40% to just over SKr2 billion. Demand remained low ...

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    Avianca Holdings chief Van der Werff selected to lead SAS


    Latin American airline operator Avianca Holdings’ head, Anko Van der Werff, is to take up the position of chief executive of Scandinavian flag-carrier SAS by mid-July. Van der Werff will succeed Rickard Gustafson, who will relinquish his position in May and hand control in the interim to chief commercial ...

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    Pilot strike does not free SAS from compensation obligation: court


    Scandinavian carrier SAS has lost a European court judgement over passenger compensation in the event of a strike by airline personnel, after a ruling that valid industrial action does not qualify as extraordinary circumstances. The European Court of Justice ruling contradicts a previous finding by Swedish consumer disputes board ...

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    SAS poised to re-open European summer routes if restrictions ease


    Scandinavian operator SAS is preparing to re-open 180 routes for the summer within the Nordic region and Europe, believing that vaccination programmes are set to ease travel restrictions. The airline is continuing to suffer heavily from the air transport crisis, turning in a pre-tax loss of SKr1.94 billion ($234 ...

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    French and Swedish state aid to airlines not discriminatory: European court


    European court judges have thrown out a case against the state aid granted to French and Scandinavian carriers, which had been brought by budget airline Ryanair. Ryanair had alleged infringement of non-discrimination principles as well as the obligation to weigh the benefits of the aid against its adverse effect ...

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    SAS stays with Leap-1A for remainder of A320neo order


    Scandinavian operator SAS has stayed with CFM International for a further batch of engines for its Airbus A320neo-family fleet. SAS has directly ordered 65 A320neos of which 30 have been delivered. It also operates another 15 on lease, including a single A321LR, all of them fitted with the CFM ...

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    SAS leans on domestic markets amid intensifying competition


    Large domestic markets have helped ease several carriers through the Covid-19 crisis, as travel restrictions and a fear of moving across borders bolster internal demand within countries with large populations and territories.

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    SAS chief Gustafson stepping down to take top post at industrial firm


    Scandinavian carrier SAS’s chief executive, Rickard Gustafson, is to step down from the position and leave the company after a decade in charge. Gustafson will leave by the beginning of July, the airline states, taking up the chief executive role at Swedish industrial group SKF, succeeding Alrik Danielson. ...

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    SAS not counting Norwegian out as rival plans $450m share issue


    Scandinavian operator SAS believes that it will face a fiercely competitive situation in the region during crisis recovery, irrespective of the survival – or otherwise – of budget rival Norwegian. Norwegian disclosed plans on 3 December to pursue a new share issue intended to raise gross proceeds of up ...

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    SAS shifts deliveries of A350s and A320neos to align with recovery


    SAS has shifted deliveries of a pair of Airbus A350-900s due to arrive in the current fiscal year, shifting them to fiscal years 2022 and 2023 instead. It has also deferred introduction of eight Airbus A320neos, pushing back the delivery of two batches of four aircraft each by a ...

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    SAS expects further losses for 2020-21


    Scandinavian operator SAS expects losses to persist through the full-year 2020-21, but insists its recapitalisation will prepare the airline for the winter season and the continuing disruption from the air transport crisis. SAS chief executive Rickard Gustafson says the winter will be “tough” while the new fiscal year will ...