SAS cuts 800 jobs in 'final call'
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Scandinavian airline SAS AB says it will lower pensions and salaries and slash 800 jobs in an effort to cut costs by 3 billion kronor ($440 million) annually in what the CEO describes as a 'final call'' for the loss-making carrier.
SAS says it has reached a crucial deal for 3.5 billion kronor in credit lines from the Scandinavian governments and major banks, conditional on new agreements with labor unions.
The company also plans to raise about 3 billion kronor by selling regional airline Wideroe, ground handling services and other assets.
SAS made the announcement Monday as it presented its third-quarter results. Net profit doubled to 434 million kronor as sales rose 5 percent to 11.1 billion kronor.