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Angry Passengers Kept Flying SAS Braathens Anyway  
User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3132 times:

Angry passengers kept flying SAS anyway
Disgruntled passengers swore they'd never fly with SAS again, after more labour unrest left them stranded earlier this year. On Friday, however, the airline could report an increase in passenger traffic to record levels.

It seems the passengers' threats were fairly empty. Despite months of turbulence, SAS logged hefty gains in its passenger counts, on both domestic and foreign routes.

All told, the airline that's partially owned by the three Scandinavian governments flew 3.7 million people in June alone. That's up 6.5 percent from the same month last year.

The strongest growth was logged on SAS' European routes, where traffic was up 15.1 percent from June 2005 to June 2006.

Load factors, which measure how many people are on board each flight, also improved, with 75.6 percent of seats filled on average.

SAS has topped the lists for negative publicity recently. The airline has had severe labour unrest that forced flight delays and cancellations, been charged with spying on rival Norwegian Air and been blasted by workers for closing down a maintenance facility in Stavanger. Its Norwegian chief executive was fired in June.

Yet SAS’ Norwegian unit, SAS Braathens, also logged a strong June, with traffic up 9.9 percent to 922,000. The airline’s Norwegian load factor was up by 10 percent.


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User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3117 times:

And passengers keep on filling up Norwegian as well:


User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

I think the reason SAS Braathens still has good numbers here is the overall increase in Norwegian air travel (many DY flights perhaps being full). In June OSL passed ARN in number of PAX. I also guess many people had booked their tickets before SAS got in so much trouble. We have to wait until the end of the year before we can have a basis to say how much SAS has been affected.

Life is like a book. If you don't travel, you only read one page.
User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

I belive SAS Braathens will continue it's good passenger numbers. Norwegians travel a lot and SAS Braathens have a good network and competitive prices.

User currently offlineRIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2867 times:


It's interesting that the 737 you show in your original posting has a Danish (OY) country registration number. I always thought that SAS Norwegian based aircraft bore the LN registration and the Swedes had SE.

You're right, though. The one you showed clearly states Braathens and even has the Norwegian flag emblem. Can you enlighten me?

User currently offlineLN-KGL From Norway, joined Sep 1999, 1154 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

RIXrat, if you take a closer look at the 73G, it is missing the small Norwegian flag on the front gear door (in front of the three letter registration). The photo above was taken before it was moved in to the CNO AOC.
Her you have the aircraft as it is today - registration LN-RNN:

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SAS Sweden, SAS Denmark and SAS International have all a number of aircraft with Norwegian registration number. But since since SAS Braathens now fly under a separate Norwegian AOC, all aircraft must be in the Norwegian registry.

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