Scandinavian Airlines Norway has been found guilty by the Norwegian Crown Court in the Amadeus case. The airline was previously aquitted by the Magistrates’ Court.The verdict was announced today, Tuesday 2 October 2007, by the Norwegian Borgarting Lagmannsrett. Scandinavian Airlines Norway was found guilty on several charges raised by the Norwegian Serious Fraud Office.
“We are disappointed and surprised by the Crown Court’s decision. This contradicts last year’s aquittal by the Magistrates’ Court. We have not seen any supporting evidence during the latest trial”, says the airline’s CEO, Ola Strand.
Scandinavian Airlines Norway will study the details of the verdict before announcing any further action.
Amadeus is a global IT system used by airline and travel companies. It displays the products and prices offered by the companies. For a while, Braathens employees were granted extended Amadeus access to the bookings of competing airline Norwegian (NAS). This was due to an agreement between NAS and Amadeus in which NAS instructed Amadeus to grant access to Braathens based on an operative collaboration between NAS and Braathens. NAS did not terminate this access when the collaboration ceased in December 2002.
VP Communications Cathrine Foss Stene, + 47 95 71 55 16