SAS pilots to begin conducting checks currently carried out by technicians.
Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) is reportedly hoping to save NOK170m by allowing its pilots to check aircraft before each flight.
From 1 August 2003, the technical checks - currently conducted by technicians - will become part of SAS pilots' duties under new budget cuts. Clear details have not yet been revealed on how the new programme will be implemented, however it has been reported that 117 technicians in Norway will be laid off.
The Norwegian Organisation for Aircraft Technicians (NFO) fears that the cost-cutting - which has also resulted in flight attendants being given the responsibility for the preparation of flights - may endanger passenger safety.
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|Date:||Jul 30, 2003|
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