SAS becomes complicit in establishing this “new business model” in European aviation, a model, which SAS had once fought hard against
This has now become a model & trend among European airlines. And it is neither because of “Ireland’s long history with the industry”, as Bjorn Kjos (Norwegian’s CEO) is trying to convince us, nor because of the “number of highly competent people who are in Ireland and who have also been part of establishing new, effective models before”, as SAS’s Chief Executive wants us to believe. Ireland has low taxes, a flexible regulatory environment, lenient legislation and business-friendly oversight authorities that have been attractive for many companies within and beyond aviation.
The Irish AOC has now become officially a tool for cheap, flexible operations & social dumping – also called a ‘Flag of convenience’
SAS will now benefit from this competitive advantage. A look at the planned routes shows that the majority of flights on SAS’s Irish aircraft - based in Heathrow and Malaga - would operate to Scandinavia and from there to the rest of Europe. Management had pledged hiring pilots on industry-competitive terms & conditions. Unfortunately, reality has not lived up to the pledges and SAS Ireland is hiring through broker agencies at rock bottom conditions. The new set up is flawed and instigates social dumping.
The Irish AOC has now become officially a tool for cheap, flexible operations & social dumping – also called a ‘Flag of convenience’. And that’s why everybody loves Ireland.