SAS wins Swedish state travel tender

Star Alliance win comes days after Norway said it would sell its stake

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has declared that the Swedish state has showed its continued confidence in the airline after SAS again won the Swedish government’s air travel tender together with its Star Alliance partners Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines. The agreement is worth a total of 700 million Swedish kronor (€78 million). The news comes several days after the Norwegian government said it was seeking permission from the country’s parliament to sell its 14.29% stake in SAS, explaining that the loss-making airline would be better partnering with a new owner in the sector.
That SAS’ environmental approach and eco-certifications are a priority was valued highly in the tender. Other key factors that influenced the decision were the number of direct routes that the carrier offers and the wide network of routes on offer together with the Star Alliance partners.
In 2010, the Swedish government travelled the most to Brussels, London and Copenhagen. The agreement is valid for one year until 31 May 2012. The contract is used by 265 state agencies, work, colleges and universities in Sweden.
[pictured: Scandinavian Airlines Boeing 737-800 in Star Alliance livery]