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SAS in last minute bid to avoid collapse: report

Published: 11 Nov 2012 10:42 GMT+01:00

The troubled airline has been the subject of persistent bankruptcy rumours in recent weeks which intensified further after the company delayed the publication of its quarterly report, which is set to be published on Monday.

According to a report in the Expressen daily, intensive last minute discussions are ongoing within the Swedish government over how the immediate situation, and the prospect of bankruptcy, can be managed.

The loss-making airline has been told by its banks that state guarantees from major shareholders - Sweden, Norway and Denmark - are required before an extension is granted on a 4.7 billion kronor ($700 million) credit facility.

According to a report in the Dagens Industri business daily on Friday, the three Scandinavian countries this week sought EU approval for the guarantees.

According to a report in the Dagens Nyheter daily on Sunday, SAS staff are set to be presented with an ultimatum to take a pay cut or face losing their jobs.

The pay cuts will apply to salaries, holiday entitlements and a requirement for longer working hours, according to the newspaper's source.

The company has said that it intends to present a concrete plan for future operations in conjunction with the presentation of its third quarter report on Monday.

The airline's problems have persisted in recent years and the firm has struggled to compete with competitors. High salaries, pensions liabilities and an ageing fleet have all contributed to the parlous state of the company.

The last time the firm's problems came to a head, in 2010, cabin staff backed down and accepted lower pay and conditions.

SAS employs 20,000 staff.

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13:13 November 11, 2012 by Attestupa
C'mon SAS. Everyone pull together. SAS is an airline to be proud of. Don't allow yourselves to be rebranded as Lufthansa.
13:48 November 11, 2012 by Hamsterdam
Are you a joker mate. An airline to be proud of? SAS are no better than Ryanair but with prices of BA. Poor management, poor vision, blind investors.

They should either out up a feasible plan or shut up shop. Plenty of others will take on their routes and offer the passengers much better for much less.
14:35 November 11, 2012 by Eagle63
Nothing beats WestJet !

Proudly Canadian.....
14:44 November 11, 2012 by JohnAndersson
Attestupa has either never actually flown with SAS or has never flown another airline to compare. Hamsterdam is spot on, service like Ryanair at prices like a top tier airline.

SAS has been bordering on bankruptcy for years now and I for one will shed no tears for their collapse. My only hope is that the politicians allow it to happen. Sell off the assets and routes to other airlines - the days of national airlines are over.
17:36 November 11, 2012 by Mb 65
The problem is who will book a flight with then knowing that they might go bust i for one won't be. Another load on the unemployment list to go with the 54,000 immigrants next year.
23:54 November 11, 2012 by philster61
SAAB, SAS...... Sounds like someone needs some outside advise. Anybody want have a go?
08:46 November 12, 2012 by smilingjack
slave labour coming your way right now as I have said over and over. fear not those 500,000,000 Indians arent far away.

Im guessing middle management will be culled. Lower staff will take a serious pay cut and senior management will give themselves a pat on the back and a bonus for "making the tough decisions"!

The company will be right for the taking and one less competitor on the market.
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