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Mats Wilhelm Ruland på vei ut av forhandlingene torsdag kveld.

This was confirmed by Henrik Thyrekot, President of the Danish Pilot Association.

The parties held talks for more than 15 hours on Thursday. But they failed to agree.

The parties will meet on Friday morning at 10.00 am.

– See you tomorrow, says Thyrekot.

National arbitrator Mats Wilhelm Ruland says this is a very complex arbitration.

– It is an absolute to be resolved, and it is not resolved. Ruland says there are many issues that need to be addressed.

He insists, however, that the parties are closer than ever.

– Today there are movements, he says.

He made no secret of the fact that he wished there should be a better pace in the mediation.

– Until now I have not met with a mediator for a long time, and it may be the wish of all mediators that an agreement should be reached now. Ruland says the parties have spent a lot of time.

– We have spent a lot of resources on this, he continues.

SAS: – still a big distance

On his way out of talks on Friday night, SAS’s chief negotiator Marianne Herness said there was still a long way to go.

– There is still a big distance, but now we have sat and negotiated for almost 17 hours, so now we need to get some sleep, Hernes told journalists.

Marianne Hernes, the negotiation manager at SAS, walked out of the talks on Friday night.

Photo: Bjøringsøy Jansson / NRK too

He emphasizes that negotiations are demanding.

– It’s been a bit of a back and forth, but things are so complicated that it’s hard for both parties to agree on things that are important to them.

SAS is expensive

Even if the solution is not found, it is in the past A good conversation was signaled.

It is important that the parties settle. SAS says the strike is costing the company 100-130 million Swedish kroner a day. Press release Thursday.

This is a total of 1-1.3 billion Swedish kroner so far. 2550 flights have been canceled and 270,000 passengers have been affected.

As of Thursday morning, the current figures for SAS systems to and from Norway are 171. Stats Websites of SpiritsNTB writes.

As of Friday, 50 organizations have already been announced.

Earlier on Thursday, after four hours of meetings, the party adjourned for lunch. SAS’s chief negotiator, Marianne Hernes, told NRK that there was movement during the day.

We are far from the goal, of course, but we are doing it.

July 14 Mediation meeting in Stockholm

The parties meet for a new day of talks in Stockholm on Thursday.

Photo: Ali Lorestani / TT NYHETSBYRÅN / NTB

Confidence is waning

Jacob Pedersen, an aviation analyst at Danish Sitbank, however, believes the parties will be close or reach an agreement within the next few days.

I am convinced that there are now more pressing conditions leading to agreement. We have seen that the SAS management itself has created a feeling of giving up on some key areas. In addition, they sent a message in which they write about how complicated the situation is at the moment because of the strike, Pedersen says.

But what has changed in a week?

I don’t know that much has changed, except that it is clear to all parties how painful this strike is for the SAS. Financially it is very affected.

Apart from that, passengers are turning their backs on SAS.

Confidence in the SAS is declining dramatically at the moment, Pedersen says.

Jakob Pedersen is a flight inspector at Sitbank

Jakob Pedersen is an aviation analyst at Danish Sitbank.

Photo: Citbank

A recovery plan can be blocked

An aviation analyst believes the strike threatens the company’s future.

It must be remembered that these pilot negotiations are only one piece of the puzzle that will be put together to save the SAS. More pieces will be laid over the next few months.

In that game, I think this strike and all the money it cost the SAS helped derail the whole rescue plan.

– Will they survive without a solution?

If the strike continues, Pederson says the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection process could be derailed.

Then SAS had to change to something other than what it is known today.

It’s going to be important to the company because it’s a special product that you have, a hub that you have in Scandinavian, which means you can offer a product that’s different from all the other airlines.

There is no deadline

Mediator Mads Ruland said Thursday morning that they were doing everything they could to get to the finish line.

– Finding a solution is very important. The company is in dire financial straits, with a long-standing embattled staff and layoffs galore. Not least, many tens of thousands of people are affected by it.

He believes the negotiation environment was good before and after the strike. But that doesn’t mean it’s not difficult.

– We have no guarantee that we will be able to find solutions today, but I am hopeful. Ruland says the day will show that.

Thursday Danish aircraft technicians end their sympathy strike.

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