Technical problems force SAS planes to turn back three times in a week

A Scandinavian Airlines flight from Copenhagen to Shanghai was forced to turn back due to a technical problem on Tuesday evening.

Technical problems force SAS planes to turn back three times in a week
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231 passengers on board flight SK 997 will be reallocated a new flight on Wednesday, reports Swedish newspaper Expressen.

The aircraft took off from Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport at 8:13pm on Tuesday, but returned after around an hour’s flight.

“The temperature in one of the engines was too high, and the aircraft was required to return to Copenhagen for technical assistance,” Anna Kansell of the airline’s press department told Expressen.

With the aircraft not ready to take off again, passengers will now be reallocated to other flights.

The aborted flight to Shanghai is the third such incident to affect SAS over the last week.

A flight from Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport to Hong Kong returned to the Swedish capital on Saturday, while Danish newspaper BT reported last week that a Chicago-bound SAS flight had made an unscheduled landing in Iceland due to low oil pressure in one of the engines.

“It is extremely unusual for this kind of thing to happen… there were two different faults,” Kansell told Expressen in reference to the Shanghai and Hong Kong flights.

The spokesperson stressed that SAS always “puts safety first”.

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‘We agree to disagree’: Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

By lunchtime on Friday, talks between the Scandinavian airline SAS and unions representing striking pilots were still stuck on "difficult issues".

'We agree to disagree': Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

“We agree that we disagree,” Roger Klokset, from the Norwegian pilots’ union, said at lunchtime outside the headquarters of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in Stockholm, where talks are taking place. “We are still working to find a solution, and so long as there is still some point in continuing negotiations, we will do that.” 

Mats Ruland, a mediator for the Norwegian government, said that there were “still several difficult issues which need to be solved”. 

At 1pm on Friday, the two sides took a short break from the talks for lunch, after starting at 9am. On Thursday, they negotiated for 15 hours, breaking off at 1am on Friday morning. 

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Marianne Hernæs, SAS’s negotiator on Friday told journalists she was tired after sitting at the negotiating table long into the night. 

“We need to find a model where we can meet in the middle and which can ensure that we pull in the income that we are dependent on,” she said. 

Klokset said that there was “a good atmosphere” in the talks, and that the unions were sticking together to represent their members.

“I think we’ve been extremely flexible so far. It’s ‘out of this world’,’ said Henrik Thyregod, with the Danish pilots’ union. 

“This could have been solved back in December if SAS had not made unreasonable demands on the pilots,” Klokset added. 

The strike, which is now in its 12th day, has cost SAS up to 130m kronor a day, with 2,550 flights cancelled by Thursday, affecting 270,000 passengers.