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Tuesday 25 January 2005

Scandinavian Airlines sends $4m Tsunami Bill to 3 Nations

Source: Forbes.com

Excerpt: "Scandinavian Airlines System sent a 28 million kronor (US$4 million, euro3.1 million) bill to the governments of Denmark, Norway and Sweden for its 10-day airlift of Nordic citizens from Thailand in the aftermath of the tsunami. SAS organized 23 evacuation flights from Bangkok to the Scandinavian capitals Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, bringing home some 3,600 injured and stranded people from the region, including passengers on scheduled flights. Some of the planes were converted into air ambulances, the cost of which was included in the bill. "We also had to take aircraft out of normal service to be able to handle the flights, which were ordered by the three governments," SAS spokesman Bertil Ternert said. SAS said about 400 staffers were involved in the airlift. There was no immediate comment from the governments."
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