SAS rehiring pilots

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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has seen an improvement in its fortunes and announced it will be rehiring 130 pilots by next summer.

SAS needs 130 more pilots. PHOTO: SAS

The airline, plagued by heavy losses for years as the state-owned carrier faced competition from cut-rate airlines lacking SAS’ overhead, is now able to expand routes and departures. That means it needs to boost the layoff-hit ranks of its pilots by around 10 percent.

Only pilots who lost their jobs under earlier SAS staff cuts will be considered for the jobs that are re-emerging. SAS said that no one who hasn’t earlier worked for SAS will be hired.

“Pilots we had to lay off earlier will have the first rights to the new jobs,” the chief of SAS’ pilots, Eivind Bjurstrøm, told ABC Nyheter.

Many of the pilots expected to return to SAS are working for SAS’ arch rival Norwegian Air. That’s where most SAS pilots found news jobs when they were let go.

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