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SAS: Will
Chapter 11 work? — August 2022

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SAS, Europe’s sixth largest airline, has had as torrid a time as any over the past two years. Traffic plummeted through the various lock-downs: in each of 2020 and 2021 it carried less than 9m passengers, only 30% of the 28.5m it saw in 2019. In the two years to the end of October 2022 (SAS is unique in choosing October as its financial year end) it lost a cumulative total of SEK15bn ($1.4bn) at both the operating and net level on revenues of SEK34bn — a negative margin of (46)%. Finally in July, spurred by a pilots' strike, the group voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US courts.

Operating result Net income Revenue 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 -10 -8 -6 -4 -2 0 2 4 6 8 10 0 10 20 30 40 50 Operating result Net income Revenue
Note: FY end October

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