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SAS to close several non-Nordic routes

TT/The Local/cg · 17 Jun 2011, 12:26

Published: 17 Jun 2011 12:26 GMT+02:00

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According to a statement released by SAS on Friday, this move is part of the company's plans to improve SAS's long-term position in Finland and the Nordics.

"We strongly feel that this is an important step for Blue1 to strengthen its position on the Nordic market," said John Dueholm, SAS's vice CEO, in the statement.

Blue1 is SAS's regional airline in Finland. By readjusting the company's focus to the Finnish and Nordic market, SAS hopes to boost Blue1's profits.

To this end, SAS will also be phasing out their five remaining Avro RJ-85 airplanes starting in August, and streamline their fleet to Boeing 717.

"This is in line with our Core SAS strategy, focusing on the Nordic market which is our home market," Dueholm said.

It is still unclear which and how many European routes will be affected by SAS's decision.

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In 2010, 25.2 million passengers flew with airlines within the SAS Group, making it the eighth largest airline company in Europe.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

20:33 June 17, 2011 by JulieLou40
There is no such thing as The Nordics. It's Nordic. Still...what can we expect from TL?
23:30 June 17, 2011 by From_San_Diego_to_Sodermalm
SAS has a decent hard product but fares are uber-expensive and the Eurobonus program is probably the worst there is in airline loyalty, worldwide.

Flying Blue by AirFrance/KLM/AirEuropa is such a better choice for Nordic European residents. Or even British Airways Executive Club.
09:19 June 18, 2011 by wakak
SAS, probably the worst airline in the world.
23:13 June 18, 2011 by Attestupa
Why so many negative comments ?

I enjoy The Local - It keeps me up-to-date with Swedish news at the right level. If I want world news I go elsewhere.

And SAS ! It's a wonderful airline. I have earned a gold card by flying in economy. The lounges have free wifi, and lots of space especially in Copenhagen. Check-in is so easy, everyone treats you well.

"SAS, probably the worst airline in the world" What !?!?!?!? Try any American carrier. They elevate the meaning of the word "worst" to a level which is unimaginable in Europe when it comes to airlines.
09:09 June 19, 2011 by Nemesis
SAS is a good airline. SAS is very good compared to US carriers.

Norwegian is a lot better.
09:16 June 26, 2011 by wakak
to Attestupa

A very nationalistic reaction of yours, so typically Swedish.

You should try Swiss, AIr France or Lufthansa. In SAS, they do not even give you a free glass of water, that would be served by stern elderly flight attendants. No newspaper in English language, of course. And the frequent flyer programme is insulting. You get more with ICA Maxi card than with flying SAS!

Easyjet is much better: the flight attendants are nice and smile at you (yes, no kidding - but they are not Swedish or Danish, that's probably why), and you pay half of SAS price.
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