Norwegian’s Crew Urges Obama to Open Our Skies

Dear Mr. President:

CC:
Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff to the President
Jeffrey Zients, Director of the National Economic Council
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President
Anthony Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation

As members of Norwegian Air’s U.S.-based crew, we would like to express our strong support for swift approval of Norwegian Air International’s foreign air carrier permit application currently pending before the U.S. Department of Transportation. We humbly request that your administration approve NAI’s permit, which will deliver substantial economic and job creation opportunities to America’s communities, help achieve your stated goal of significantly increasing foreign tourism to the U.S., and provide the public on both sides of the Atlantic a new, consumer-friendly option in air travel.

We are among a growing cadre of Americans working for Norwegian, and are anxiously awaiting the launch of NAI’s transatlantic service. We and our fellow crew are grateful for the opportunity to join the Norwegian family, as we have found Norwegian’s training program, compensation and benefits package to be of the highest quality and market competitive. In fact, many of us have left U.S. legacy carriers because the wages and benefits at Norwegian are better. Of the 5,500 U.S. applications Norwegian received, we are among the 300 selected for cabin crew posts. Along with cabin crew, Norwegian is poised to begin hiring its first series of U.S.-based pilots to operate the carrier’s trans-Atlantic service.

As a fully-licensed European carrier meeting all U.S. statutory and regulatory requirements to serve the United States, NAI is entitled to be granted “appropriate authorizations and permissions with minimum procedural delay” by DOT – which is provided for under the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement. However, opponents of Norwegian are working to undermine NAI’s application and its ability to serve the United States. Such efforts go against America’s international commitments and go against the American spirit of competition.

Norwegian, in its efforts to affordable international air travel to the U.S., has made a strong commitment to the U.S. economy. Norwegian is investing heavily in its U.S.-based workforce of which we are proud to be a part. In addition, Norwegian is helping to grow our economy through the purchase of billions of dollars of Boeing’s most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft, which will be the backbone of NAI’s international fleet. Norwegian also is helping to achieve your laudable goal of bringing 100 million new foreign tourists annually to American destinations by 2021, which you have stated will have a substantial and direct positive impact on our overall economy.

As part of its U.S.-based crew, we are grateful for the opportunity to work for Norwegian and excited about the carrier’s future prospects. We humbly ask your administration to approve without further delay Norwegian Air International’s application.

Sincerely,

Andrea Siliggi
Cabin Chief
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Leah Bowser
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Stephanie Zielinska
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Joseph Gabriel
Base Chief Cabin Crew
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Carrie Landis
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Greg Gibson
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Katrina Gilbert
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Gustavo Leguizamon Escolar
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Juan Bach
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Tatiana Petrovich Cassina
Cabin Crew Supervisor
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Jhenelle Jacas
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Billie Jean Corsini
Base Chief
New York – JFK

Ariel Pérez Reyes
Senior Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Vanessa Villa-Neumann
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Deborah Zolla
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Wayne Anthony Vivino
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Vincent Caiola
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Maria Belen Del Canto Nicolau
Senior Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ana DeFelippis
Senior Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Leonardo Gutierrez
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Jasmine Brown
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Malama Kamara
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Sheila Anselmo
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Rex Edwards
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Herman Tchigirinski
Cabin Attendant
New York – JFK

Allyn Eltanal
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Andrew Vaughan Gregory
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Christopher Mastroianni
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Artur G. Dancs
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Ashton Rudder
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Vicky Chumpitaz
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bianca Loubeau
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Christopher Alan Johnson
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Myrtha Feliz
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Luis Morales
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Leif Andre Moland
Pilot
Arendal, Norway

Michael Torres
Cabin Chief
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Daniel Chakarji
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Patricia Cadette
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Annette M. Rosa
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Marissa Testani
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Arlene O’Connor
Cabin Crew Supervisor
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Maria Teresa Alberotanza
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Patrick McClave
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Cheyenne Victoria Abidi
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Grace Liang
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Francis S.N. Brewah
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Rose Jellen V. Espinosa
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Nadia Timol
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Nancy Vijil Lopez
Cabin Crew Member
Los Angeles, CA

Alexandra Weir
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Lisa Y. Whitmore
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Jocelyn E. Smith
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Joseph Longo
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Eugene Ryan S. Alonzo
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Asawari Sawant
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Abbigale Hannides
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Silvia Torrecilla
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Shonelle Waithe
Cabin Chief
New York – JFK

Dexter Quaye
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Glenesha Williams
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Dennis Reilly
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Richard Yepez
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ileana Romero
Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Gustavo Alberto Torres
Cabin Chief
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ionut Bogdan
Cabin Crew Member
London – LGW

Kathryn Crowley
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Grietje J. Nijboer
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Peter Blackman
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Adriana Butler Macagi
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Nolan Negron
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Theodore J Pavlik Jr
Senior Cabin Crew Member
New York – JFK

Lillian Casey
Cabin Crew Supervisor
New York – JFK

Manuel F. Castineiras
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Christian Esperance
Cabin Crew Supervisor
New York – JFK

Anna Strojek-Puchalska
Manager
Norway

James Masters
Cabin Crew Member
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Leonardo Fornasier
Cabin Crew Member
London – LGW

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