SAS pilots flying high

sasAlthough Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is experiencing economic troubles, like many other airlines, the company has affirmed that the employment of its pilots is secure. According to reports in Aftenposten, as many as 1,000 jobs with the airline are in jeopardy; however the pilots’ positions are quite secure.

Pilots for the Scandinavian company are, on average, 50 years old. Most pilots are paid between NOK 900,000 to 1.2 million (USD 175,000 to 234,000).

According to reports in the daily newspaper Dagsavisen, the pilots recently signed an agreement with SAS securing their job and salary levels and ensuring that their salary will increase by 12 to 13 percent in the future.

The salary increase translates to a total of NOK 100,000 (USD 20,000) for each individual pilot annually.

According to Jens Lippestad, the union leader for the pilots, the agreement over the pilot’s salaries is “acceptable”. Others, however, might not understand how the airline could have agreed to such a drastic increase in pilots’ wages considering its need to cut costs and scale back.

Scandinavian Airlines System was founded in 1946 and currently operates from hubs in Copenhagen and Stockholm. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance and flies to 112 destinations. In 2006, the airline flew 25 million passengers.