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Bell Helicopter announces delivery of seven Bell 429s to Swedish National Police

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company is delighted to announce the delivery and entry into service of the Swedish National Police’s seven Bell 429 helicopters. The fleet is being used for law enforcement and search and rescue, including mountain rescue, across Sweden. “This is now the largest Bell 429 fleet in operation in the European Union,” said Jakub Hoda, Bell Helicopte...

Saab ready to reveal first Gripen E

Saab is on course to conduct the first flight of its lead Gripen E test aircraft before year-end, with the jet to be revealed at its Linköping site in Sweden on 18 May. “Having a roll-out of a new aircraft is a dream for a CEO,” Saab chief executive Håkan Buskhe told journalists in Stockholm the day before the event. The company believes a potential market exists to produ...

Scandinavian MediCopter signs five-year deal with Stockholm City Council

Scandinavian MediCopter has signed a five-year deal with Stockholm City Council to operate two medically equipped Eurocopter EC145 T2. The term will start in December 2017 and has a two-year option to extend. The MediCopter will operate within the Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA) remit. The SAA has bases that are spread across Sweden and Finland and is one of Scandinavia’s largest air amb...

Swedish SAS staff strike keeps flights grounded

Domestic flights and services to Finland have been cancelled by the airline as union representatives seek a new agreement with bosses. Passengers travelling between some Swedish cities and to Finland have so far been affected by the strike, which got under way at Monday 7am.  Flights to and from Stockholm and Kalmar, Visby, Åbo and Vasa were called off in the Monday morning. Later...

Saab puts maritime spy kit on two new Bombardier planes

Sweden's Saab (SAABb.ST) said on Wednesday it plans to put its Swordfish maritime patrol system on two new aerial platforms as demand rises for ways to tackle maritime threats, including the proliferation of submarines. The move to put an enhanced version of its Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems on new airframes in partnership with Canada's Bombardier (BBDb.TO)...

Swede becomes first person to board a plane with just a wave of his hand

Andreas Sjostrom boarded a flight from Stockholm to Paris in December without a boarding pass or even his phone. As throngs of weary travellers streamed through one of Europe’s busiest travel hubs, the female security guard at Stockholm Arlanda Airport looked up at Andreas Sjostrom, confused. Somehow, without a boarding pass or even a smartphone, Sjostrom had managed to activate her sc...

Plane crashed in northern Sweden after issuing a distress call

Swedish rescue teams were working to recover the bodies of two people presumed dead after a plane carrying mail crashed in northern Sweden early on Friday, officials said. The plane, a model Canadair CRJ-200, sent out a mayday and was later spotted on the ground by a Norwegian F16 plane. The plane was on its way from Oslo's main airport to Tromso in Norway, according to Swedish daily Sve...

SAS completes Pre-Delivery Payment Financing for five Airbus aircraft with DVB

SAS has secured a Pre-Delivery Payment Financing Facility (“PDP Facility”) with DVB Bank covering a portion of the pre-delivery payments that SAS is making for five Airbus A320neo under the aircraft order with Airbus. The PDP Facility is structured as a revolving credit facility under which SAS may draw up to MUSD 46. Through th...

New JV formed to market Saab's Skeldar UAV

Saab has formed a joint venture with UMS Aero Group that will take responsibility of marketing the former's Skeldar V-200 unmanned helicopter. UMS Skeldar will “strengthen Saab’s offerings in the tactical UAV market”, and the Skeldar division of Saab and all its assets – including the air vehicles, ground control stations, and training systems – will move to th...

Scandinavian Airlines’ Focus on Cheap Fuel and Business Travel Brings It Profits

Scandinavian Airlines parent SAS AB returned to full-year profit as it benefited from lower fuel prices and a sharper focus on business travel, sending the stock to its biggest gain in 11 months. Earnings before tax and nonrecurring items recovered to 1.17 billion kronor ($140 million) in the year ended Oct. 31, from a loss of 697 million kronor a year earlier, the Stockholm- based company said...

SAS: EU General Court annulles European Commission decision

On November 9, 2010, the European Commission decided to fine SAS Cargo and the SAS Group, alongside 11 other airlines, for participation in a global cartel in the air cargo sector. SAS was finedMEUR 70.2, but appealed the decision in January 2011 to the European Court of first instance, the General Court. Today, nearly five years later, the European Court has ann...

Sweden Suspends Flights to Northern Iraq over Security Concerns

Sweden has suspended all flights to northern Iraq because of concerns about increased military activity in the area, the country's transport agency said on Friday. Iraq closed its northern airspace for at least 48 hours earlier this week because of military traffic from Russia's air campaign in neighbouring Syria. Commercial routes from the Middle East and Europe were disrupted, as w...