SAS ordered to pay £13m for theft of rival airline's data

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SAS ordered to pay £13m for theft of rival airline's data

Warwick Ashford

A court has ordered the Norwegian division of multinational airline Scandinavian Airline Systems to pay £13m in compensation to low-fare airline Norwegian Air Shuttle for stealing confidential data from its rival's computer system.

The civil court ruling follows SAS Norway's conviction for illegally accessing information on Norwegian Air Shuttle's computer system in an earlier criminal case.

The criminal court ordered SAS Norway to pay £374,000 fine for accessing confidential passenger and price information.

The airlines shared an electronic booking system, Amadeus until 2002, but SAS Norway continued to access information on Norwegian Air Shutttle until 2005, AP said.

SAS Norway said in a statement that it admits that it made an error and had apologised to Norwegian, but rejected the claim that its actions resulted in financial losses.

Ola Strand, president of SAS Norway said, "We naturally never did anything to damage Norwegian and, in our opinion, nor did we cause Norwegian to suffer any loss."

Strand said it was likely that SAS Norway would appeal against the order to pay further compensation to Norwegian.





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