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SAS postpones merger of SAS Norway and SAS Braathens - report.

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Scandinavian airline SAS has reportedly postponed the final consolidation of the airlines SAS Norway and SAS Braathens to a single company until 20 September 2004 due to a continuing conflict between SAS pilots and management.

The pilots of SAS Norway would prefer to remain with the SAS consortium, while Braathens pilots have always favoured the merger, according to the Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

SAS Norway pilots were reportedly also against possible job cuts, which might be made according to seniority in both companies.

Petter Jansen, CEO of SAS Braathens, said that the management had delayed the formal creation of a new corporation in order to help achieve an agreement.

The dispute had delayed SAS traffic in Copenhagen on Monday (30 August) as some 30 departures were cancelled due to support demonstrations by Danish, Swedish and Norwegian pilots, reported the online edition of the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

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