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FOUNDED IN 1946. A K A "SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES NORGE (BRT)." FORMERLY "SAS BRAATHENS" AND BEFORE THAT SIMPLY "BRAATHENS." DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 55
N-1330 FORNEBU, NORWAY
The Kingdom of Norway was established in 1814, it covers an area of 32,878 sq km, its population is 4.5 million, its capital city is Oslo, and its official language is Norwegian.
JANUARY 1993: FORMERLY NAMED BRAATHENS (SAFE) SOUTH AMERICAN & FAR EASTERN (BRT).
1992 = +$3.4 MILLION (+$1.8 MILLION) (NET PROFIT): +7.8% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +7.4% PASSENGERS (PAX), +18.9% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
POSSIBLE SALE OF BRAATHENS (BRT) TO SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS).
TO ALESUND, BERGEN, BILLUND, BODO, EVENES, HAUGESUND, KRISTIANSUND, LONDON GATWICK (LGW), MOLDE, MURMANSKE, NEWCASTLE, ROROS, STAVANGER, SVALBARD, TROMSO, AND TRONDHEIM.
3,290 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 750 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 700 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)). LAYED OFF -9% IN ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
REPOSSESSED 3 737-200S (JT8D-17A) LEASED TO VASP (VSP). 1 737-505 (PT011) DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 1993: 1 737-500 (CFM56-3C1), EX-LUFTHANSA (DLH). PLANS TO ONLY OPERATE 1 737-200 BY THE END OF OF 1993.
JANUARY 1994: LAST 6 MONTHS = +4% PASSENGERS.
MARCH 1994: 1 737-400 & 1 ORDER (SEPTEMBER 1994) 737-500, (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED.
APRIL 1994: NORWEGIAN AVIATION DEREGULATION OCCURS.
DECEMBER 1994: $62 MILLION, 2 ORDERS (1996) 737-500'S.
ROGERSON AUXILIARY FUEL TANKS ARE INSTALLED ON (PW571; PW572; PW575; & PW576).
JULY 1995: 2,804 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 236 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 355 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 609 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
LAST 6 MONTHS = +9.5% (RPK) (TRAFFIC), +9.0% PASSENGERS (PAX), 58.5% LF (LOAD FACTOR) (-0.5).
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +$37 MILLION (+30%) ANNUAL RECORD!: +8% (RPK) TRAFFIC. CARRIED >9 MILLION PASSENGERS DOMESTIC IN 1995 = 52% OF MARKET, SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) TOOK REST!
MAY 1996: 1 ORDER (MARCH 1997) 737-500 (27631), (ILF) 8 YEAR LEASED.
JUNE 1996: 1 737-500 (CFM56-3C1) DELIVERY.
JULY 1996: CELEBRATES 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
BOUGHT 50% OF TRANSWEDE AIRWAYS (TNS) WITH OPTION FOR OTHER 50% BY END OF 1997.
2ND QUARTER = +9% PASSENGERS.
NORWAY POPULATION = 4.5 MILLION.
737-500 (PT014) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1996: TO START RECEIVING BOEING ON-LINE DATA (BOLD).
OCTOBER 1996: NEW DIRECT ROUTE OSLO TO STOCKHOLM.
CONTRACT MAINTENANCE "1C" CHECK, ON ESTONIAN AIRLINES (ENA) 737-500.
NOVEMBER 1996: INCREASING FLIGHTS TO SVALBARD ISLANDS, IN FAR NORTH OF NORWAY.
JANUARY 1997: "2C" CHECK ON EASYJET SWITZERLAND (TEB) 737-300. BRAATHENS (BRT) 737 "3C" CHECK, AT BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA). SELLS AND LEASES BACK, 2 737-400'S, & 4 737-500'S.
MARCH 1997: $255 MILLION, 6/10 ORDERS 737-705'S (JULY 1998). ALSO, 3/3 ORDERS (MARCH 1998) 737-700'S, (ILF) 9 YEAR LEASED. 737-500 (PT015) DELIVERY.
APRIL 1997: JAN-ERIK SANDVEN, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE IS LEAVING THE COMPANY. TERJE HELGALAND, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE REPLACES SVEIN BERTHEUSSEN (ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE).
1 737-400 (PV351) DELIVERY (CFM56-3C-1). SOLD 737-500 (PT029), 1 OF 3 LEASED TO XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA).
MAY 1997: (http://www.nettvik.no/braathens).
3,290 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 750 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 700 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JUNE 1997: TO COMMEMORATE 1,000 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRONDHEIM, PAINTED 737-505 (24273) AS A TRONDHEIMSFLYET, & NAMED IT "OLAV TRYGGVASON," KING OF HAARFAGRE CLAN OF NORWAY, WHO HAD FOUNDED THE CITY, IN 997. (24274) RENAMED "MAGNUS BARFOT."
1 ORDER (OCTOBER 1998) 737-705 (28217), (ILF) LEASED.
AUGUST 1997: (KLM) BUYS 30% OF BRAATHENS (BRT), FOR $106 MILLION. BRAATHENS FAMILY IS REPRESENTED BY LUDWIG BRAATHEN REDERI, & OWNS 38%.
IN 1996 = 5.4 MILLION PASSENGERS. 1ST 6 MONTHS = +$22 MILLION.
OCTOBER 1997: 3,298 EMPLOYEES.
STARTED 1ST "D" CHECK ON (KLM) 737-400.
DECEMBER 1997: CODE SHARE WITH NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA). BRAATHENS (BRT) NOW HAS 300 DAILY FLIGHTS, WITH 51% NORWEGIAN MARKET, INCLUDING 14 NORWEGIAN, & 8 INTERNATIONAL ROUTES WITH 27 737'S.
BUYS 50% OF TRANSWEDE (TSW) (2 737-300'S, 4 F 100'S), & NOW OWNS 100%.
IN APRIL 1998, TO RENAME AIRLINE "BRAATHENS SAFE SVERIGE," AND CONSOLIDATE FLEET TO ALL 737'S.
FEBRUARY 1998: OPERATIONS MOVING FROM LONDON GATWICK TO STANSTED.
MARCH 1998: HARALD ROSNES, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
APRIL 1998: NEW LIVERY HAS ONLY NAME "BRAATHENS."
MOVES LONDON OPERATIONS FROM GATWICK (LGW) TO STANSTED (STN), TO IMPROVE OPERATIONS WITH AIR UK (UKL), WHICH IS OWNED BY (KLM).
3,290 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 750 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 700 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
737-500 "C" CHECK, TO BRITISH MIDLAND ENGINEERING (BMA). SELLS 2 737-
505'S (27155; 27153), TO INDIGO LEASING.
BRAATHENS (BRT), SCANDINAVIA'S LARGEST 737 OPERATOR, TAKES DELIVERY OF 1ST 737-700, (ILF) LEASED, 134 PAX.
JUNE 1998: 1ST QUARTER = 1.577 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+10.7%), 53.2% LF LOAD FACTOR.
737-405 (24644) HAS PAINT SCHEME WITH "VI FLYER DRILLOS" WITH SOCCER PLAYER ON TAIL. SELLS 2 737-200'S, LEASED TO ARCO, TO SANWHA (PN452, PN453). ALSO, SOLD 737-500'S (PT027; PT028), LEASED TO XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA), TO INDIGO. 737-548 (2463-25165), (ILF) LEASED. 1ST 737-705 (28211, "INGEBORG ERIKSDATTER"). NEXT 3, NAMED "RAGNHILD ERIKSDATTER," "ASTRID OLAVSADATTER," & "MARGRET SKULESDATTER."
AUGUST 1998: $74 MILLION PURCHASE OF REGIONAL AIRLINE, MALMO AVIATION (TSW). BRAATHENS (BRT) CURRENTLY IS 30% OWNED BY (KLM), & HAS ALLIANCES WITH NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA), & ALITALIA (ALI). THIS STRENGTHENS ITS BRAATHENS SWEDEN SUBSIDIARY OPERATION. MALMO (TSW) HAS A FLEET OF 11 B AE 146'S. HAS 25% OF SCANDINAVIAN MARKET.
2ND & 3RD 737-700 DELIVERIES (CFM56-7B20).
OCTOBER 1998: BRAATHENS (BRT) NORWEGIAN OPERATIONS SHUT DOWN BY PILOT'S (FC) STRIKE. SWEDISH OPERATIONS OK.
737-705 (29090) (CFM56-7B20) DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 1998: PLANS TO INCREASE CONTRACT MAINTENANCE, BY OPENING A
2ND LINE FOR 737 HEAVY MAINTENANCE IN TECHNICAL DIVISION HANGAR, STAVANGER. WILL DOUBLE ENGINE OVERHAULS. RECRUITING +80 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT) SHOP PERSONNEL.
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$27 MILLION (+$12 MILLION). 1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.73 BILLION (RPK) (+3.9%), 58% LF LOAD FACTOR (-1), 3.34 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+4.9%).
NOVEMBER 1998: 737-705 (28217) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1999: CODE SHARE WITH NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA) FROM OSLO TO MINNEAPOLIS.
ARNE JENSEN (CEO) EX-MANAGING DIRECTOR OF NORWAY'S LARGEST TV STATION REPLACES ERIK BRAATHEN. BRAATHEN FAMILY STILL OWNS 38% OF BRAATHENS (BRT).
5TH 737-700 (LN-TUE) DELIVERY. 2 737-405'S (24270; 24271), 5 YEAR LEASED TO VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA).
APRIL 1999: 3,840 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 750 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 700 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
NEW SERVICE FROM STAVANGER, & BERGEN, TO ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND.
6TH 737-700 (YA545, LN-TUF), (ILF) LEASED.
MAY 1999: 7TH 737-700 (YA546, LN-TUG) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1999: STOCKHOLM TO BOLOGNA (B AE 146/F 100).
OPENS 2ND HEAVY MAINTENANCE LINE. CAN ALSO SERVICE 737-NG AIRPLANES.
OCTOBER 1999: BRAATHENS MAINTENANCE: CONTACT: G P VEENSTRA, DIRECTOR MARKETING & SALES (email@example.com): HAS HANGARS FOR 7 NARROW BODY AIRPLANES, FOR 737 "C" TO "D" CHECKS, INCLUDING AVIONICS UPGRADES, COMPOSITES REPAIRS, INTERIORS, & STRIP/PAINT.
NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = -$2.9 MILLION (+$26 MILLION).
737 EXTERNAL PAINT SCHEME, MODIFIED TO INCLUDE NORWEGIAN FLAG ON THE TAIL.
DECEMBER 1999: WITH (KLM) & TRANSAVIA (TAV) CONTRACT WITH BOEING AIRPLANE SERVICES (BAS) FOR 737NG'S, SPARES EXCHANGE, PROGRAM (300 LRU'S/AIRPLANE), & SHIP REPLACEMENT PARTS WITHIN 1 DAY OF ORDER.
JANUARY 2000: 8TH 737-705 (YA547, LN-TUH) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 2000: 1 737-505 (25789) RETURNED TO INDIGO (INZ), LEASED
5 YEARS TO BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB).
MARCH 2000: 1999 = 3.15 BILLION (RPK) (+3.1%); 5.92 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+3.2%); 6.10 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+4.5%).
PRATT & WHITNEY (P&W) BUYS 65,000 SQ FT, (CFM56) MAINTENANCE FACILITY, AT STAVENGER FOR $83 MILLION AS PART OF LONG-TERM CONTRACT TO PROVIDE (CFM) MAINTENANCE FOR 41 737'S. FACILITY IS NAMED (P&W) "NORWAY ENGINE CENTER."
APRIL 2000: 3,978 EMPLOYEES.
737-505 (24272), RETURNED TO BBAM (BBB), LEASED TO BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB). 737-705 (29094, LN-TUI) DELIVERY.
JULY 2000: 1999 = -$76.07 MILLION (-$2.86 MILLION): 3.15 BILLION (RPK) (+3.1%); 53.7% LF LOAD FACTOR; 5.92 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+3.2%); 6.1 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+4.5%); 3,978 EMPLOYEES.
AUGUST 2000: (http://www.braathens.no).
737-505 (24651), RETURNED TO INDIGO (INZ) LEASED TO BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) IN NOVEMBER 2000.
SEPTEMBER 2000: 737-505 (24650) RETURNED TO BABCOCK (BBB), LEASED TO BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB).
OCTOBER 2000: IN FEBRUARY 2001, BERGEN TO ALICANTE (WEEKLY).
1 737-500 (25791), (GEH) 75 MONTH LEASED.
FEBRUARY 2001: 2000 PRE-TAX = +$23 MILLION.
PLANS TO DROP OUT OF ALLIANCE WITH (KLM), BY OCTOBER 2001. PLANS TO PUT MORE CAPACITY INTO INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS, WITH SERVICE TO NICE, MALAGA, AND ALICANTE (3/WEEK). OSLO TO BARCELONA (737-700).
1 737-705 (29095, LN-TUJ) DELIVERY.
MARCH 2001: OSLO TO LONGYEARBYEN (737-700, 4/WEEK).
2000 = 3.33 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+5.8%), 6.82 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+15.3%), 6.18 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+1.4%).
1 737-705 (29096, LN-TUK) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2001: CODE SHARE WITH ALITALIA (ALI) TO MILAN. OSLO TO NICE (3x-WEEKLY).
MAY 2001: 1 737-548 (25165), RETURNED TO (ILF) LEASED TO AIR
JUNE 2001: AGREES TO BE ACQUIRED BY SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) WHO WILL PURCHASE 38.8% STAKE, HELD BY BRAATHEN'S FAMILY AND (KLM)'S 30%. DEAL IS CONTINGENT ON (SAS) ACQUIRING 90% OF COMPANY, AND GOVERNMENT APPROVAL. BRAATHENS (BRT) WILL REMAIN AS A SEPARATE COMPANY, WITH ITS OWN IDENTITY.
737-205 (23464) RETURNED FROM JAPAN TRANSOCEAN AIR (SWL).
AUGUST 2001: NORWAY GOVERNMENT'S COMPETITION AUTHORITY OPPOSES SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS)'S PURCHASE OF 68.8% OF BRAATHENS (BRT). PER BRAATHEN, LEADING FAMILY SHAREHOLDER, CLAIMED THAT ONLY (SAS) COULD SAVE (BRT) FROM BANKRUPTCY, AND GOVERNMENT WAS MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE, AND PUTTING 5,169 (BRT) JOBS AT RISK.
OCTOBER 2001: TRYGVE HEGNAR, FORMER OWNER OF SHIPPING COMPANY (NCL), SHOWS INTEREST IN BUYING BRAATHENS (BRT). NORWAY'S COMPETITION AUTHORITY NOW SAYS SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) TAKEOVER OF (BRT) IS OK.
OVER NEXT FEW MONTHS, WILL REDUCE FLEET BY 7 AIRPLANES, REDUCING OPERATIONS BY APPROXIMATELY 20%.
600 TO 800 OF ITS 4,000 EMPLOYEES IN NORWAY WILL MOST LIKELY BE MADE REDUNDANT.
NOVEMBER 2001: VIDAR MEUM (CEO) REPLACES ARNE JENSEN, WHO RESIGNED.
DECEMBER 2001: BRAATHEN (BRT)'S MINORITY SHAREHOLDERS HAVE ACCEPTED THE OFFER BY SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS), TO ACQUIRE THEIR SHARES, SO THAT (SAS) WILL GAIN >90% OF SHARES BY END OF 2001. (SAS) ACQUIRED 68.8% BY BUYING STAKES OF (KLM), BRAGANZA, AND BRAMORA.
JANUARY 2002: ALTHOUGH SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) HAS NOW ACQUIRED 98% STAKE IN BRAATHENS (BRT), (BRT) WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS AN INDEPENDENT AIRLINE, WITH ITS SAME LIVERY.
JOERGEN LINDEGAARD CHAIRMAN.
2001 = -$203.03 MILLION (+$15.15 MILLION): 3.55 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+6.5%); 7.23 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+7.3%); 5.76 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (-6.9%).
FEBRUARY 2002: 12TH 737-705 (LN-TUL) DELIVERY, (ILF) LEASED.
MARCH 2002: 13TH 737-705 (LN-TUM) DELIVERY, (ILF) LEASED.
APRIL 2002: OWNER: SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) (98.48%).
October 2002: 4 737-700's have been parked at Stavanger since early this year, when they were withdrawn from use (WFU), and sold to Babcock & Brown (BBB), driven by the purchase of Braathens (BRT) by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), and associated fleet planning, done at that time. Now, one or more of these airplanes may be targeted for re-entry into service, due to increased market demand, and new opportunities for charter services.
November 2002: 737-300 (26283, SU-ZCF) "D" check for Heliopolis Airlines (HEA).
December 2002: In March 2003, Oslo to Dublin (3x-weekly), Las Palmas (3x-weekly), Palma de Mallorca (3x-weekly), and Rome (4x-weekly). Stavanger to Alicante (weekly).
February 2003: 2002 Pre-tax = +SEK 806 Million (-SEK 375 Million): 3.53 Billion (RPK) traffic (-.7%); 4.51 Million passengers (PAX) (-21.7%); 5.66 Million (FTK) freight traffic (-22.7%).
April 2003: 3,900 employees.
July 2003: 4,000 employees. SITA: OSLDPBU.
Contract to transport Finnish peace keeping forces to Asmara, Eritrea (737-705), carrying 60 soldiers and 6 tonnes of cargo, with a technical stop at Larnaca.
737-405 (25303) returned to Pegasus (PSS), leased to Batavia (BTV). 2 737-705's (29091; 29092), returned to (BBB), 29091 leased to Virgin Blue (VOZ).
September 2003: Oslo to Zurich (737-400, 6x-weekly).
October 2003: In February 2004, Oslo to Lisbon (3x-weekly).
December 2003: Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has doubled its cost-cutting target for its subsidiary, Braathens (BRT), to Sek 1 Million/$137M under its "Turnaround 2005" program. With the new measures, (BRT) will reduce its unit cost about -20% to Nok 0.6/$0.09 per (ASK) capacity, a figure that "is fully competitive with both Norwegian (NWG) and international low cost airlines." The additional measures comprise a broad number of activities, including increasing productivity of airplanes, pilots (FC), cabin crews (CA) and administration, plus focusing on increased internet sales and ticket less travel.
In February 2004, Alesund to Alicante (weekly).
February 2004: In June 2004, Molde to Barcelona (737-500, weekly).
737-505 (24646) returned to (GECAS) (GEF) leased to Air Baltic (BAU).
March 2004: Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) plans to split into 4 separate firms: 3 business units from Denmark, Norway, & Sweden, for its European operations, and a 4th international unit for long-haul flights. The Norwegian (SAS) will be renamed (SAS) Braathens.
Oslo to Berlin.
April 2004: (SAS) Braathens (BRT) will become a low-fare operation with up to 50 737's.
May 2004: Sandfjord (Torp) to Alicante. In June 2004, Oslo to London Gatwick (LGW), Milan (4x-weekly). Oslo to Manchester (4x-weekly), Praha (3x-weekly).
In July 2004, (SAS) Braathens (BRT) will become the holder of the Braathens Air Operating Certificate (AOC) with the merger of (SAS) Norge and Braathens; the current Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) air operators certificate (AOC) will cover intercontinental operations plus those of (SAS) Denmark and (SAS) Sverige.
June 2004: Had its offices raided by the Norwegian Competition Authority, who is investigating whether price-cutting has been conducted to try and force Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG) out of business.
Selects Boeing (TBC) & Air France Industries (AFI) for a joint component services support program for its 737-800's.
July 2004: 2003 = 3.03 Billion (RPK) traffic (+15.8%); 58.5% LF load factor; 4.17 Million passengers (PAX) (+.5%); 5.26 Million (FTK) freight traffic (-6.9%).
November 2004: Signs an 8-year Information Technology (IT) outsourcing agreement with Computer Services Corporation (CSC) which has a 4-year base period, a 2-year option and a 2 1-year options, valued at $63 Million for providing a variety of services including consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance & infrastructure support.
Approx 40 (SAS) Braathens (BRT) employees are expected to transfer to (CSC) in Norway in December 2004.
December 2004: In February 2005, Oslo Torp, Sandefjord to Nice (737-700, 2/week).
To supply air travel for financial group DnB NOR under a new 2-year contract, expected to generate Nok 70 to 100 Million/$11.3 to $133.7 Million/year.
June 2005: (SAS) Braathens (BRT) is Norway's largest airline, operating scheduled passenger, jet airplane services to domestic destinations and points in Europe.
(IATA) Code: BU - 154. (ICAO) Code: BRA (Callsign - BRAATHENS).
Parent organization/shareholders: (SAS) Group (100%).
Alliances: Malmo Aviation (TSW); & Norwegian (NWG).
Main Base: Oslo Fornebu airport (FBU).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Aalesund; Bardufoss; Bergen; Bodo; Harstad-Narvik; Haugesund; Kristiansand; Kristiansund; Longyearbyen; Molde; Oslo; Stavanger; Tromso; & Trondheim.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Aberdeen; Alicante; Amsterdam; Barcelona; Billund; Gothenburg; London; Malaga; Malmo; Milan; Munich; Newcastle; Nice; Pristina; & Stockholm.
October 2005: 2 737-763's (28315; LN-RNO; 28316, LN-RNP), (SAS) leased.
November 2005: (SAS) Braathens (BRT) will inaugurate nonstop service from Oslo to Heraklion, and Madrid at the end of March, all routes operated with 737 airplanes.
(SAS) Braathens (BRT) announced a number of new routes for next year as follows:
Bergen to Paris (CDG) from February 11 = 1x-weekly (Saturdays);
Bergen to Rome (FCO) from February 11 = 1x-weekly (Saturdays);
Kristiansand to Alicante from February 11 = 1x-weekly (Saturdays);
Oslo to Athens from March 26 = 2x-weekly (Wednesdays/Saturdays);
Oslo to Chania from March 26 = 2x-weekly (Tuesdays/Sundays);
Oslo to Naples from March 26 = 2x-weekly (Wednesdays/Saturdays);
Oslo to Vienna from March 26 = 3x-weekly (Tuesdays/Thursdays/Sundays);
Sandefjord to Malaga from March 26 = 1x-weekly (Saturdays);
Stavanger to Paris (CDG) from February 11 = 1x-weekly (Saturdays);
Stavanger to Rome (FCO) from February 11 = 1x-weekly (Saturdays).
January 2006: (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines said it was forced to cancel hundreds of domestic and European flights from Copenhagen and Norway due to a strike by its Denmark-based pilots (FC) and a sickout by pilots (FC) at its (SAS) Braathens (BRT) subsidiary. An announcement on Copenhagen Airport's website said "most flights" were called off and that passengers holding tickets for all but the "few flights" unaffected by the work stoppage were "advised not to come to the airport."
(SAS) said on its website that the Copenhagen pilots were "in breach of their collective agreement" and that it "will do its utmost to quickly solve the problem." At least 150 pilots (FC) suddenly went on strike in Copenhagen (CPH), according to media reports, following a weekend during which bad weather disrupted service in the region. The pilots (FC) reportedly are upset about (SAS) Group's intention to transfer their employment to its new national subsidiaries, including Scandinavian Airlines Denmark. "(SAS) has called the pilots (FC) to negotiations about them being hired by their respective subsidiaries," a spokesperson told "Reuters."
In Norway, Oslo Airport said flights were affected "due to illness amongst the (SAS) Braathens (BRT) pilots (FC)." A Braathens (BRT) spokesperson said between 30 and 40 pilots (FC) called in sick, according to the "Associated Press," but the carrier was unsure if the action was connected to the (CPH) strike.
(SAS) Scandinavian Airlines announced on its website the conclusion of the pilots (FC) strike and sickout that had grounded hundreds of flights in Copenhagen and at its Braathens (BRT) division in Norway. The pilots (FC), who were protesting potential labor issues connected to (SAS) Group's split into national airline divisions, were expected back at work this morning. (SAS) estimated the strike cost it approximately -DKK30 million/-$4.9 million per day.
(SAS) began returning to normal operations following several days of strikes. An (SAS) spokesperson said that (SAS) cancelled 500 flights between Monday and Wednesday, when 200 pilots (FC) from (SAS) Denmark staged a strike and 80 pilots (FC) from (SAS) Braathens (BRT) in Norway called in sick. Although the Norway group remained sick on Thursday, (SAS) was operating most of its schedule; through mid-afternoon it had cancelled 26 flights in Denmark and 47 in Norway. Both pilot (FC) groups are protesting (SAS) Group's proposal to shift pilots (FC)' labor contracts from (SAS) Group to the individual airline units, which also include (SAS) Sweden, (SAS) International and (SAS) Cargo.
(SAS) Braathens (BRT) will start 3x-weekly Oslo to Vienna service from March 26 using 737s.
Oslo Airport handled 1.15 million passengers in January, +10.7% more than the same month last year. Domestic passenger traffic rose +7.7% (RPK) and international travel posted +13.9% year-on-year growth, with scheduled services increasing +13.4% and charter +10.9%. The number of air transport movements came to 15,425, +5.6% >January 2005.
April 2006: Nearly 400 of 450 scheduled SAS Braathens (BRT) flights were cancelled Thursday, because of a strike by its cabin crews (CA). Most affected were flights at Oslo's Gardemoen Airport.
June 2006: (SAS) Braathens will inaugurate nonstop service from Oslo to Madrid on June 1st. (SAS) Braathens will operate 3x-weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Sundays, using a 737.
(SAS) Braathens (BRT) (CEO) Petter Jansen resigned from (BRT), a day after disagreeing with (BRT)'s board about the future direction of the Norwegian carrier, which is the largest member of the Scandinavian Airlines Businesses (SAB) unit of the (SAS) Group. Although (SAS) Braathens (BRT) was the only member of (SAB) to post an operating or pre-tax profit in 2005, it has been hit by labor unrest in 2006 that contributed to 1st-quarter losses.
"Petter has done a good job at (SAS) Braathens (BRT)," said Chairman John Dueholm. "However, he and the Board do not share the same views on the desired strategic development. We have consequently agreed to part." Commercial Director Johnny Skoglund was appointed acting (CEO). Last month, (SAS) Group (CEO) Jorgen Lindegaard announced he will step down this fall.
After posting an operating profit of +SEK889 million/+$114 million last year on sales of SEK9.73 billion, (SAS) Braathens (BRT) fell to an operating loss of -SEK236 million in the 1st quarter of 2006 compared with an operating profit of +SEK188 million in the year-ago period. However, this largely was owing to special factors, including SEK74 million in restructuring costs for staff reductions and costs for "irregularities in traffic" largely attributable to pilot (FC) sickouts during the quarter. (SAS) estimated the negative impact on earnings of the pilot (FC) actions at -SEK140 million. In April, a strike by cabin staff (CA) resulted in "a sharp reduction in traffic" ahead of the Easter holiday, with a negative impact on earnings for the 2nd quarter of SEK90 million.
Jansen's departure came on the same day that (SAS) Technical Services announced it will close its maintenance base at Sola near Stavanger, effective August 31, in order to concentrate Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) activities "around the 3 main airports in Scandinavia." Approximately -265 jobs will be affected. Each employee will receive salary through the end of the year, and employees over 59 years of age "are guaranteed" continued employment at (SAS), which said it will assist those whose jobs are being eliminated to find new ones.
Only 1 day after (SAS) Braathens (BRT) (CEO) Petter Jansen resigned, the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Okokrim) said it filed charges against the airline for illegal computer access and misuse of business secrets. The charges are based on a complaint filed by Norwegian (NWG) last July, in which the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) argued that (SAS) had access to its electronic reservation system at a level of detail to which (SAS) was not entitled. Okokrim's investigation confirmed Norwegian (NWG)'s suspicion: (SAS) had access throughout 2003 and 2004 and up until November 2005. "I am deeply disappointed by the lapse in business morale that appears to have been uncovered," (NWG) (CEO) Bjorn Kjos said, confirming (NWG) will seek damages against (SAS) Braathens (BRT) for "considerable loss inflicted upon the company." Norwegian (NWG) claimed that (SAS), through misuse of its competitor's business secrets and illegal computer access, deprived it of passengers and revenues that Norwegian (NWG) would have obtained in a normal competitive situation. In addition, it was revealed that (SAS) has been able to set prices based on (NWG)'s rather than its own costs. (NWG) said it is impossible to indicate the size of the compensation claim, though it noted, "it is clear that it will involve a considerable sum." Damages will be determined during the civil action being brought by (NWG), which will be filed after the criminal proceedings against (SAS) have been concluded in Asker and Baerum District Court. (NWG)'s claim for compensation is not contingent on (SAS)'s being convicted in the criminal proceedings.
July 2006: (SAS) Component (SASC) will close its operations in Stavanger following the decision of (SAS) Technical Services to shutter its own operation there, and rationalize Norwegian Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) capacity at Oslo. The action will affect 98 staff based in Stavanger and (SASC) will transfer workload to its other three locations, according to Singapore Technologies Aerospace, which purchased 67% of (SAS) Component last year. (SASC) also operates facilities at Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen.
August 2006: (SAS) Group announced that Gunnar Reitan assumed the post of acting President & (CEO) on August 1. He fills the position vacated by Jorgen Lindegaard, who resigned in May. The company said Reitan has been a member of (SAS) Group management since 2001, responsible for the Subsidiary & Affiliated Airlines and Hotels and the Alliances & Partnerships divisions. He joined (SAS) in 1988 as Director Station Services in Oslo.
(SAS) Ground Services Denmark signed an agreement with Icelandair (ICE) to provide handling services for 757 flights operated by the airline from Copenhagen.
November 2006: Norwegian (NWG) is taking (SAS) Braathens (BRT) back to court, this time in an attempt to secure financial damages, according to press reports. Braathens (BRT) was acquitted in a September criminal trial of illegally accessing Norwegian (NWG)'s reservations system, but paid a NOK400,000/$62,300 fine for misusing confidential business information. (NWG) now wants a civil court to award further damages.
(SAS) Braathens (BRT) will discontinue its weekend flights from Torp to Alicante, Nice, and Malaga as of December 17th. Saturday departures to Paris and Rome, and direct routes from Oslo to Prague and Vienna also will be discontinued from Stavanger and Bergen.
December 2006: Ola Strand Managing Director, formerly head of Scandinavian Ground Services, succeeds acting Chief Johnny Skoglund.
January 2007: (SAS) Executive VP Corporate Administration & Support Bernhard Rickardsen has been let go by new President & (CEO) Mats Jansson, who said he "would like to renew such areas as Human Resources (HR)." (SAS) Braathens (BRT), Head of Human Resources (HR), Svein Oppegaard will take over Rickardsen's (HR) duties, with the rest of his responsibilities redistributed among company management.
April 2007: (SAS) Braathens (BRT) will launch 2x-daily, Oslo Gardermoen to London City service on August 28, supplementing its 5x-daily flights to London Heathrow.
(SAS) announced that (SAS) Braathens (BRT) will be renamed "(SAS) Norge" on June 1, bringing it into line with (SAS) "Sverige," and (SAS) "Danmark." "The time is right for changing our name and identity, now when the operational integration is completed," Braathens (BRT) Chairman John Dueholm said.
May 2007: Starting June 1st, Aalesund to London Gatwick (LGW), using 737-700s.
June 2007: Rebrands "(SAS) Braathens" to "(SAS) Norway" (BRT). This comes as (SAS) completes the integration of Braathens (BRT) into its own operation. Braathens (BRT) has 20.1% of Intra-Scandinavian domestic market.
January 2008: 2007 statistics: 6.95 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic +1.4%; -1.1% capacity (ASK)s; +1.7 load factor for 69.5% LF. SEE ATTACHED COMPARISON CHART TO SELECTED OPERATORS - "BRT-2007-STATS."
May 2008: (SAS) Norge (BRT) will pay NOK132 million/$26.3 million in damages to Norwegian (NWG) following a district court ruling in the nearly 3-year-old proceeding into (SAS)'s alleged misuse of information contained in (NWG)'s Amadeus reservation system. (SAS) was acquitted in a 2005 criminal trial, but was found to have misused confidential information. (SAS) Norge (BRT) President Ola Strand said an appeal was "highly probable." (SAS) said it "apologized for the inconvenience caused to (NWG) in relation to the matter, but rejected the claim made in court that this resulted in financial losses."
November 2008: The (SAS) Group said a Norwegian court has ruled in favor of the (NKF) union representing Scandinavian Airlines Norge (BRT) cabin staff (CA), restating pension payouts to 70% from 66%, retroactive to December 1, 2004. (SAS) said it will take a one-time SEK130 million/$15.9 million charge and a SEK30 million annual charge.
January 2009: The (SAS) Group took a major step toward achieving its goal of -SEK4 billion in cost reductions following the finalization of labor agreements with its trade unions that it said will save -SEK1.5 billion/-$182.4 million.
The company believes the remaining SEK2.5 billion can be achieved in other areas of (SAS). President & (CEO) Mats Jansson said the labor savings "represent a positive result for these negotiations," which began in November, and are a "clear indication that we are on track to succeed in a cultural turnaround." The restructured labor accords represent a cost reduction of some -12%, with two-thirds related to working hours, per diem expenses, pensions and insurance and one-third coming from salary cuts. The pilots (FC), (CEO) and other members of group management will not receive increases in 2009, and salaries also will be reduced by -6%. In addition, group management will not be paid any variable salary for 2008. (SAS) AB board members have lowered their fees by -6% starting this month.
(SAS) said the -SEK1.5 billion in savings includes a nonrecurring -SEK156 million resulting from the reversal of pensions at (SAS) Norge (BRT).
February 2009: (SAS) Group airlines has a stunning -SEK6.32 billion/-$754.7 million full-year loss, reversed from a +SEK636 million profit in 2007, prompted the recent unveiling of a new restructuring initiative dubbed "Core (SAS)" that will include a SEK6 billion rights issue and approximately -3,000 layoffs. (SAS) Group President & (CEO) Mats Jansson said "Core" will "lead to (SAS) becoming a more focused and less complex company" concentrating on the Nordic market, business travelers, "efficient" organization, reduced costs and a "strengthened capital structure." The rights issue will comprise ordinary shares with a subscription period for shareholders tentatively scheduled for March 23 to April 6. (SAS) also secured extensions on several credit facilities worth a combined SEK6.5 billion.
The layoffs will be in addition to the -5,600 employees that will leave the group as a result of divestments and outsourcing. More than half that number are affiliated with Spanair (SPP), which (SAS) sold to Spanish investors. It plans to divest its stakes in bmi (BMA), Air Greenland (GRL), Estonian Airways (ENA), and other subsidiaries while discontinuing or outsourcing select operations of its Ground Services, Technical Services and Cargo units. In all, the number of full-time-equivalent employees will fall to some 14,000 from 23,000.
The network will be "streamlined," with priority given to business (C) travelers. The short/medium-haul fleet will be reduced by an additional -14 airplanes to 130 and the long-haul fleet will be cut to nine planes from 11. Cost cuts throughout the company are designed to net -SEK1.7 billion in savings, and the recent renegotiation of labor agreements will produce an additional -SEK1.3 billion annually. (SAS) said a remaining cost gap of SEK1 billion will be addressed in 2010 and 2011.
(SAS)'s 2008 revenue rose +5.1% year-over-year to SEK53.2 billion and its operating result swung to a -SEK765 million loss from a +SEK1.29 billion profit in 2007. It said its performance was "burdened" by high fuel prices, the poor economy and "extensive" consequences of its Dash 8-Q400 retirements. Of the four Scandinavian Airlines units, only (SAS) Norge was profitable on an operating level with an (EBIT) before nonrecurring items of +SEK142 million. Passenger numbers fell -8.1% and load factor was down -3.2 points.
October 2009: Braathens Information Technology (IT) Solutions will provide its Ticketless Travel Platform to the (SAS) Group. The product will be integrated with the Amadeus Altea suite and become part of (SAS)'s new distribution platform scheduled for implementation in 2012.
November 2009: President & (CEO) Mats Jansson said that "Core (SAS)," launched in February, contributed SEK1.3 billion to (SAS)'s bottom line through September and that (SAS) is "continuing the implementation with full vigor." The total impact over 2009 to 2010 is expected to be SEK3.9 billion, and 1,884 full time employees have left the company so far, he said.
737-783 (34549, LN-RNW), delivery.
October 2010: (SAS) said the Supreme Court of Norway ordered it to pay NOK160 million/$27.4 million to Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG), likely bringing to a conclusion the corporate espionage case in which (SAS) Norge (BRT) was found to have improperly accessed and used data in Norwegian (NWG)'s reservation system. Earlier this year, a Norwegian appeals court upheld a 2008 ruling against (SAS) in the matter, but (SAS) extended the case by appealing to the Supreme Court, which rejected the appeal.
Norwegian (NWG) has claimed that throughout 2003 and 2004 and most of 2005, (SAS) Norge (BRT) (then called (SAS) Braathens (BRT)) had access to its Amadeus electronic reservation system at a level of detail to which (SAS) was not entitled. (SAS) was acquitted in a criminal trial, but the civil case carried on with Norwegian claiming substantial financial damage. Including court costs, (SAS) said the case will negatively affect its 3rd quarter earnings by -SEK200 million/-$29.7 million.
May 2011: As of March 31, the (SAS) Group operated an in-service fleet of 192 airplanes led by 65 737NGs.
February 2016: "Strike Threat on (SAS) Nordic (BRT) Routes" by (ATW) Alan Dron, February 19, 2016.
A strike on some of (SAS)’s Nordic (BRT) services has been threatened from February 22, following a breakdown of negotiations between pilots (FC), cabin crew (CA) and the company that hires them.
The services, although operated in (SAS) colors, are operated by UK-based regional carrier Flybe (BEE), which won the contract to serve several Nordic destinations in 2015 under a “white label” arrangement.
The pilots (FC) and cabin crew (CA) on the aircraft are not directly employed by Flybe (BEE) but via a recruitment agency, Global Employer Company (GEC). Swedish pilots’ union (SPF) and cabin crew (CA) representative body Unionen say they have been trying to reach a collective labor agreement with (GEC) since last autumn, without success.
On February 18 (SAS) said it expected personnel hired by partner companies such as (SAS) to have a collective labor agreement. It said that (GEC) had initiated talks but, despite negotiations continuing, the 2 unions had given notice of industrial action, “which is unacceptable.”
In recent years as part of its cost-cutting efforts, (SAS) has outsourced much of its short-haul flying, particularly on thinner Scandinavian and northern European routes, to other carriers with smaller, more economic aircraft more suitable for the routes.
(SAS) said that “it is conceivable that the conflict is really about the unions’ reluctance to allow new entrants to the Scandinavian market, not collective agreements.” Trade unions’ inability to adapt to changing market conditions was the real threat to jobs and the Scandinavian transport infrastructure, it added.
Routes likely to be affected by the dispute include several from Stockholm Arlanda to Swedish and Finnish destinations, including Visby, Turku, and Vaasa.
Pilot's union (SPF) said on its website it had been told by Flybe (BEE) that it could not meet Swedish standards of salaries, working hours and vacations. (SPF) could not agree to lower standards for its members than currently existed, said its chief negotiator Tommy Larsson. It described (GEC) as a “one-man company” established with the sole purpose of acting as an employer for (BEE) pilots (FC) in Sweden.
(BEE) replied to several detailed questions on the strike with a brief statement. “Flybe (BEE) can confirm it is continuing to work closely with all relevant parties to effect a mutually agreed resolution in establishing collective bargaining agreements for the pilots and cabin crew working under its white label agreement with (SAS).
“(GEC) is an independent company that provides pilot (FC) and cabin crew (CA) recruitment and management services to Flybe (BEE).”
0 737-205 (JT8D) (1223-23464, /86), TOMEN CORPORATION LEASED, RETURNED.
0 737-3Y0 (CFM56-3) (24255), RETURNED (BBB), LEASED TO (BAF) 2000-06).
4 737-405 (CFM56-3C1) (2867-25795, /97 LN-BUF "MAGNUS DEN GODE;" 1860-24643, /90 LN-BRE "HAKON V MAGNUSSON;" 1938-24644, /90 LN-BRI "HARALD HARFAGRE;" 2137-25303, /91 LN-BRP "HARALD HARDADE;" 2148-25348; /91 LN-BRQ "HARALD GRAFELL"). (24270; 24271; 24275 YEAR LEASED TO (EBA) 1999-04), 25303 RETURNED (PSS) 2003-07 LEASED TO (BTV). (SAS) WET-LEASED. 150Y.
13 737-505 (CFM56-3C1) (2018-24273, /91 LN-BRJ "MAGNUS BARFOT;" 1925-24828, /90 LN-BRH "HAAKON DEN GODE"), (LAUNCH CSTMR OF 737-500), INCLUDING 1 (ILF) LEASED, 25789 RETURNED (INZ), LEASED TO (BAB) 2000-02; 1923-24272, RETURNED 2000-04, LEASED TO (BAB); 24651 RETURNED (INZ), LEASED TO (BAB) 2000-11; 1792-24650, RTND (BBB) 2000-09 24646 RETURNED (GEF), LEASED TO (BAU). 120Y.
1 737-505 (CFM56-3C1) (2351-25791, /92 LN-BRV "HAKON SVERRESSON"), (GEH) 75 MONTH LEASED 2000-10, 120Y.
6 +90 OPTIONS 737-705 (CFM56-7B24) (83-29089, /98 LN-TUB "RAGNHILD ERIKSDATTER;" 109-29090, /98 LN-TUC "ASTRID ERIKSDATTER;" 230-29091, /99 LN-TUE "GUNNHILD GORMDSDATER;" 260-29092, /99 LN-TUG "INGERID SVENSDATTER;" 471-29093, /00 LN-TUH "MARGRETE INGESDATTER;" 507-29094, /00 LN-TUI "KRISTIN KNUTSDATTER;" 773-29095, /01 LN-TUJ "ERIK BLODOKS;" 794-29096, /01 LN-TUK "INGE BARDSSON;" 1116-29098 LN-TUM "Oystein Magnusson"), (SAS) LEASED. 29091 RETURNED, LEASED TO (VOZ) 2003-07. 29091; 29092; RETURNED (BBB), LEASED TO (VOZ) 2003-07. 134Y.
5 737-705 (CFM56-7B24) (33-28211, /98 LN-TUA "INGEBORG ERIKSDATTER;" 142-28217, /98 LN-TUD "MARGRETE SKULESDATTER;" 245-28222, /99 LN-TUF "TYRA HALSDATTER;" 28227, /02 LN-TUL; 28228, LN-TUM /02), (ILF) 9 YEAR LEASED. 134Y.
2 737-783 (CFM56-7B22) (464-28315, /00 LN-RNO; 476-28316, /00 LN-RNP), (SAS) LEASED 2005-10. 131Y.
0 F 100, EX-(TSW). 4 RETURNED.
JOHN DUEHOLM, CHAIRMAN.
GUNNAR REITAN, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), (SAS) GROUP (2006-08).
BJOERN BRAATHEN, PRESIDENT (BRT) GROUP.
OLA STRAND, MANAGING DIRECTOR & PRESIDENT (2006-12).
JOHNNY SKOGLUND, (CEO) 2006-06.
TIMMY BREEN-NILSEN, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO) (OSLDOBU) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BJORGUN HYSING, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
HAAVARD VESTGREN, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
SVEIN BERTHEUSSEN, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE).
ROBIN KAMARK, VP SALES.
TORSTEIN OYGARDEN, VP CALL CENTRE SALES.
THOR ARNE HAALAND, VP QUALITY.
HENRY ORFELDT-PEDERSEN, VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
ROLF ROGDE THOMASSEN, VP GROUND OPERATIONS (12/02).
TRYGVE GJERTSEN, VP BUSINESS SYSTEMS.
MARIANNE NJASTEIN, VP ECONOMY.
HALFDAN HAALAND, VP PERSONNEL.
TERJE HELGALAND, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (SVGMMBU)
HARALD OEVERLAND, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (SVGMMBU),
OLE KRISTIAN FREDERIKSEN, FLIGHT SAFETY DIRECTOR (FBUOABU)
KJELL WILSBERG, DIRECTOR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & COMMERCIAL SUPPORT.
EYOLF OEDEGAARD, MANAGER LOGISTICS.