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SAS Denies Merger Report

April 20, 1987

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Scandinavian Airlines System today denied a newspaper report saying five carriers were negotiating to form a giant new European airline, but said SAS had held talks on cooperation with Sabena Belgian World Airlines.

SAS vice president Helger Lindberg denied a report today in The Times of London that the company was conducting talks on merging with Sabena, Finnair of Finland, Austrian Airlines and British Caledonian.

″It’s well-known that we look into a possible cooperation with Sabena and Finnair, but Sabena is the most likely partner. We’ve not contacted British Caledonian at all and it’s three years ago we had contact with Austrian Airlines,″ Lindberg was quoted as saying by the Norwegian news agency NTB.

The SAS information officer in Denmark, Tommi Skoglund, was quoted by the Danish news agency Ritzau as saying SAS has had meetings with several European airlines on cooperation, ″but for the moment we only have concrete negotiations with Sabena.″

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