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Norwegian’s Irish efforts see competitive support

DUBLIN – Despite some progress from the DOTNorwegian Air International – the Ireland-based arm of the low-cost carrier – continues to face challenges to its request to operate in the transatlantic market using an Irish operating license. That topic was one of several discussed during an Irish aviation panel in advance of the IATA Annual General Meeting this week in Dublin.

 

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Boeing takes an unusual geopolitcal stand over air service Copy

Boeing is officially frustrated with opposition from the Machinists union and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen to Norwegian Air’s plans to expand flights to and from the U.S. via a subsidiary.

Boeing leadership is concerned that the opposition could put future airplane orders at risk.

The position of Larsen and the union is “disappointing” and could “have the effect of undermining growth in aerospace jobs here in Washington state,” Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman said. “We hope they reconsider their positions and join in growing the aerospace sector.”

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Boeing takes an unusual geopolitcal stand over air service

Boeing is officially frustrated with opposition from the Machinists union and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen to Norwegian Air’s plans to expand flights to and from the U.S. via a subsidiary.

Boeing leadership is concerned that the opposition could put future airplane orders at risk.

The position of Larsen and the union is “disappointing” and could “have the effect of undermining growth in aerospace jobs here in Washington state,” Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman said. “We hope they reconsider their positions and join in growing the aerospace sector.”

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DOT urged to expedite Norwegian Air application to serve U.S.

Travel group says foreign carrier new entry critical to transatlantic market

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) closed its public docket yesterday as the agency prepares for a final decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to operate transatlantic air service from cities in the European Union (EU) to cities in the United States (U.S.). There are several important reasons DOT needs to stay the course and promptly issue a final order confirming the grant of a foreign air carrier permit to NAI.

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Should discount carrier Norwegian Air fly to the U.S.? Here’s what passengers think.

Affordable. Comfortable. On time.

Those are just some of the words Norwegian Air passengers are using to describe the discount airline, which is patiently waiting for a foreign air carrier permit from the U.S. government for its Irish subsidiary, Norwegian Air International (NAI). Many customers rave about its low fares, new planes and friendly service.

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ANALYSIS: Transport Union Head States Case Against Norwegian

Low cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian Air Shuttle’s entry into the US market has been an inarguable boon to consumers, who have been able to take advantage of dirt cheap fares as low as $300 roundtrip on European routings. Last month, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a show cause order tentatively granting approval for the next phase of Norwegian’s long haul plans. Under the moniker of Norwegian Air International (NAI), Norwegian (the parent company) plans to create an Irish subsidiary that it will use to fly routes from the rest of Europe, including a well publicized route from Boston to Cork, Ireland using narrowbody Boeing 737 aircraft.

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Michael O’Leary backs Norwegian Air’s US bid

High-profile Irish business and political figures including Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary have voiced their support for Norwegian Air International’s efforts to get a permit allowing it to fly to the US.

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American lawmakers take aim at cheap transatlantic flights

AMERICA’S House of Representatives is considering a bill, HR5090, that aims to block further expansion by Norwegian Air Shuttle, the only low-cost carrier flying direct between Europe and America. Four lawmakers introduced the bill last month after the Department of Transportation (DoT) tentatively agreed to let Norwegian scale up its transatlantic route. They accuse it of unfair commercial advantages, echoing concerns voiced by several airlines and trade unions.

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Norwegian means choice for Irish: IAA

Commercial air traffic at the three Irish state-owned airports of Dublin, Cork and Shannon grew by a robust 9 percent in April, when compared to 2015.

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Top civil servant slams efforts to block Norwegian’s Cork-US route

The Government has branded as “irresponsible, unfounded and damaging”, attacks made against Ireland’s employment and aviation laws by opponents to Norwegian Air being granted a permit by US authorities to fly between Cork and America.

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Former Secretaries of Transportation Urge Congress to Approve NAI’s Foreign Air Carrier Permit Application

May 11, 2016

Dear Representative:

In July 2014, we wrote to Congress expressing our support for Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit. We encouraged approval of NAI’s application because it satisfies all legal and regulatory requirements in U.S. law and the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement. From our perspective as former Secretaries of Transportation, we relayed to Congress the importance of this agreement with our European partners as one of the most pro-growth, pro-consumer initiatives implemented by our government during the previous two decades.

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NAI supporters dispel opponent claims as unions protest in Washington

Accusations from those opposed to granting Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit are “false and slanderous,” the carrier’s supporters said Thursday.

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Irish groups back Cork-Boston flights in targeted offensive on key US politicians

Prominent supporters of the proposed Cork-US flights have launched a targeted offensive on key US politicians in a bid to secure the service.

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Norwegian becomes the new “Gulf” target in the transatlantic battle

Perhaps not surprisingly, last month’s announcement by the US Department of Transportation that Norwegian Air International (NAI) should be granted a foreign carrier permit has so far not unclogged the way for NAI to begin transatlantic services.

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Norwegian Air’s NAI gets tentative US rights as common sense prevails. Objectors: time to move on

On 15-Apr-2015 Norwegian‘s Irish-registered subsidiary Norwegian Air International (NAI) received tentative Department of Transportation (DoT) approval of its Dec-2013 application for a US foreign air carrier permit. NAI faced strong opposition from labour organisations and a number of US and some European legacy airlines, which led to the unprecedented delay.

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Norwegian Air Poses No Threat To ‘Open And Fair’ Skies — Unlike Etihad And Qatar Airways

The Partnership for Open and Fair Skies, a lobby group representing three major U.S. airlines and other industry groups, chose its name well when it entered the scene last year.

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Norwegian Air May Soon Offer Even Cheaper Flights to Europe

Norwegian Air has tentatively won approval from U.S. regulators to start ultra-cheap flights across the pond.

Flying ultra-cheap to Europe may soon get a whole lot easier: Norwegian Air, after a two-year battle, tentatively gained a requisite stamp of approval from U.S. regulators to offer extremely low fares out of the country. But doesn’t it already do that? Not quite. Norwegian does currently fly between the U.S. and points in Europe—to London Gatwick and Scandinavian gateways Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm—at a significant discount off standard airline fares on the routes. Those flights, which began around three years ago, operate with brand-new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, composite-built planes that are more efficient and thus keep costs down (and also offer a more pleasant ride).

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DOT’s decision on Norwegian scores one for competition & Open Skies, finally

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision to give tentative permission for Norwegian Air International (NAI) to serve the US, more than two years after NAI applied for a foreign air carrier permit, is long overdue.

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Norwegian Air gets preliminary OK for U.S. routes

The Department of Transportation on Friday tentatively approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International.

The finding means the end of a 28-month wait could be in sight for the Ireland-based sister company of ultralow-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle.

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U.S. paves way for more Norwegian Air flights, competition

The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it intended to grant flying rights to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA’s (NWC.OL) Irish unit, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure travelers.

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Norwegian wins preliminary approval to expand U.S.-to-Europe flights

Good news for people who love budget airlines — and for the people who run one called Norwegian Air.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday it is giving the low-cost carrier preliminary approval to expand routes between the U.S. and Europe, using an Irish subsidiary.

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DOT tentatively approves Norwegian’s Irish subsidiary

US regulators have tentatively approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian’s Irish subsidiary, more than two years after the request first sparked a contentious debate over open skies and labour laws.

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Norwegian’s U.S. Based Flight Attendants Send Strong Message to President Obama

Norwegian’s U.S. based flight attendants have delivered letters to the Obama Administration urging the “swift approval” of the foreign air carrier permit application submitted by Norwegian’s affiliate, Norwegian Air International (NAI). More than 300 U.S. flight attendants work for Norwegian at their crew bases in New York City and Fort Lauderdale. Approval of the foreign carrier permit application has been pending for more than a year.

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Norwegian crew lobby Washington for US permit approval

Flight attendants employed by low-cost carrier Norwegian have lobbied Washington in an effort to win the green light to expand transatlantic services.

They delivered a letter to the Obama administration urging the “swift approval” of a foreign air carrier permit application submitted by Norwegian’s affiliate, Norwegian Air International.

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Open Skies champions go to bat for Norwegian, Gulf carriers

WASHINGTON: Champions of Open Skies agreements met yesterday in Washington DC to make the case for why the US should continue to welcome robust competition from international carriers, which they say expands markets, ensures lower airfares and improves overall customer service.

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Norwegian’s U.S. Flight Attendants Rally at the U.S. Department of Transportation

This morning about fifty flight attendants from Norwegian’s U.S. bases united at the steps of the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. They took action to voice their support for Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit application and urged the Department to approve it without further delay. The application has been pending for over a year.

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Norwegian’s U.S. Based Flight Attendants Send Strong Message to President Obama

Norwegian’s U.S. based flight attendants have delivered letters to the Obama Administration urging the “swift approval” of the foreign air carrier permit application submitted by Norwegian’s affiliate, Norwegian Air International (NAI). More than 300 U.S. flight attendants work for Norwegian at their crew bases in New York City and Fort Lauderdale. Approval of the foreign carrier permit application has been pending for more than a year.

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Skift | The Battle Over Open Skies Forces U.S. Tourism Industry to Choose Sides

As airlines in the United States push for a review of established Open Skies treaties, a conflict has developed between the interests of select aviation industry groups and those of U.S. travel and tourism organizations.

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The New York Times | For Domestic Airlines, Open Skies Have Limits

WHY should business travelers care about the confounding complexities in the debate over international aviation accords known as open skies agreements?

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The Hill | Passenger group wants Norwegian Air US flight bid approved

A group that advocates for airline passengers in Washington is pushing the Department of Transportation to approve Norwegian Airlines’s bid to gain more access to airports in the U.S. and European Union to increase competition for international flights.

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Join Us to Support Low Fares to Europe

We invite you...

Join us outside the National Press Club 529 14th St. NW, to show your support and voice your support for lower air fares and increased international service and flight options.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Noon - 3:00 PM

Outside the National Press Club 529 14th Street, NW

1. Voice your opinion by signing our letter of support for lower international airfares.
2. Get a $150 travel voucher on Norwegian Air Shuttle *
3. Meet the U.S. Based Norwegian Flight Attendants

*No signature or purchase required to receive voucher. Vouchers available at the Rally Event. Can be applied to travel on select direct roundtrip flights on Norwegian Air Shuttle from the US to Europe. Non-transferable. Significant restrictions apply; See below for details; 2000 vouchers available.

No signature or purchase required to receive voucher. Vouchers available at the Rally Event. This $150 travel voucher can be applied to purchases of roundtrip fares for travel on Norwegian Air Shuttle flights between the U.S. and Europe; flights must be booked by May 18th 2015 and travel must be completed by October 31st 2015. This offer may not be combined or used in conjunction with any other offer. The voucher is valid only for new reservations/bookings made through https://www.norwegian. com/us/ and cannot be applied to existing reservations or on new reservations made through other channels. The voucher must be redeemed in one booking only and any amount not redeemed will be lost. Seats are limited and may not be available for all flights/days or in all markets; use of this voucher is subject to availability. The conditions of Norwegian Air Shuttle’s contract of carriage shall apply, including but not limited to all restrictions on refunds, and required change and cancellation fees. User shall be required to pay the difference between the total fare and the amount of this voucher, including all taxes and other charges. Voucher cannot be reused in the case of a changed or refundable ticket. All travel is subject to availability at time of booking and the fare rules quoted at the time of booking. Flights must originate in the U.S. from the following cities: Orlando (MCO), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK), or New York (JFK). A total of 2000 vouchers are available on a first come basis to attendees of the OpenOurSkies event on February 18, 2015. Limit one voucher per event attendee. This voucher is personal to recipient and NON-TRANSFERRABLE. Communication of this voucher offer – including but not limited to the voucher code provided herewith – to any other person is strictly prohibited, and grounds for Norwegian to void this voucher. This voucher is not exchangeable or redeemable for cash.
CORRECTION
Original voucher required to redeem. To redeem your $150 voucher (instead of using the online code indicated on the voucher) please make your reservation for a qualified flight through norwegian.com/us or by phone (1-800-357-4159) and send the voucher along with your booking reference code to our U.S. customer service agent at the address below who will refund $150 to the credit card or other payment method used to make your reservation. Not applicable for flex tickets. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. Valid for new reservations made through the above channels only. Copies of the voucher will not be accepted. ‎All other terms and conditions on the voucher apply.
Navigator Aviation & Tourism Management Inc.
202 W 40th St, Suite 801 New York, NY 10018
Telephone number:1-800 357 4159
Show Your Support at Whitehouse.gov

Open Our Skies: Let Norwegian Fly

As members of the traveling public, we write to support Norwegian Air International (NAI) and its pending application to serve the U.S.

We seek greater choice in international air travel, and we are excited about the chance to fly NAI to many European destinations. We are grateful that NAI will utilize Boeing 787 Dreamliners as the backbone of its transatlantic fleet. We appreciate that Norwegian already employs hundreds of U.S. flight attendants.

Fairness, the rule of law, and the American spirit of competition support giving NAI the chance to offer award-winning low cost international service. We respectfully request that you act to open our skies to this exciting new carrier, uphold America’s international legal commitments, and approve NAI’s application without further delay.

 

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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

ADD YOUR VOICE!

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Omnibus: Follow the Law on Norwegian Air International Application

House Approval Sends Strong Signal that DOT Can and Must Act

Washington, DC; December 11, 2014 – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which includes pivotal new language that delivers Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application – and its job-creating, pro-consumer, low-cost service – closer to approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). NAI’s application has been pending for nearly one year.

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Norwegian Air International Application Receives Boost in Appropriations Bill

Language Reaffirms DOT’s Authority to Approve Application

Washington, DC; December 10, 2014 – The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations
Act, 2015, introduced in Congress last night, includes important language that paves the way for U.S.
Department of Transportation (DOT) approval of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air
carrier permit application, which has been pending for nearly a year.

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Consumer Travel | Competition keeps airfares low, that’s why airlines hate it

Competition is going to be a big issue this coming year. It is already, but the big airlines are making moves that beg for pushback from those who want to keep them in check and keep a competitive marketplace operating.

Here is the basic situation. Competition is losing. Next year, if airlines have their way, competition will suffer even more.

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ATW | EU accuses US of breach of joint air transport agreement in NAI case

The European Union believes the continued delay by US authorities in processing Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to operate to the US marks the first breach of the EU-US air transport agreement that was signed in 2007.

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Reuters | REFILE-EU says U.S. delay on Norwegian Air license breaches aviation deal

Dec 2 (Reuters) – The United States has violated an aviation deal with the European Union by taking too long to grant a licence allowing budget airline Norwegian Air to boost transAtlantic flights, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

Norwegian Air, which currently flies to the United States on a temporary licence from non-EU Norway, is seeking a foreign carrier permit for its Irish subsidiary with the backing of the EU executive.

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The Wall Street Journal | European Union Says U.S. in Breach of Aviation Pact

EU Still Deciding on Potential Action After Claiming U.S. Breaches Open-Skies Deal

By DOUG CAMERON And ROBERT WALL

European Union representatives said the U.S. has breached a landmark aviation treaty between two of world’s biggest aviation markets by taking too long to process a controversial effort by a Norwegian airline to expand its trans-Atlantic services.

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Skift Interview | Norwegian Air CEO Says DOT Approval Delay is ‘Purely Political’

Bjørn Kjos, the founder and CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle, is getting impatient for what he believes is inevitable — the U.S. Department of Transportation’s granting subsidiary Norwegian Air International a foreign air carrier license.

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Reuters | Norwegian Air CEO rejects criticism of plan for U.S. budget airline

(Reuters) – The chief executive of Norwegian Air Shuttle rejected arguments by U.S. airlines and unions that his efforts to build a low-cost, long-haul airline serving the United States would undermine U.S. wages and working standards.

Instead, CEO Bjorn Kjos said U.S. airlines arguing for labor fairness actually fear his cheap ticket prices. A round-trip flight from New York to London in December costs as little as $483 on Norwegian, compared with $835 on Delta or $832 on American, according to prices posted on the airlines’ websites on Wednesday.

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Norwegian Air Takes the High Road | Ad in POLITICO, The Hill and Roll Call

Norwegian Air International has decided to “take the high road” by placing a positive ad in POLITICO, The Hill and Roll Call in response to ALPA’s negative ads attacking Norwegian Air.

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CNN | Norwegian Air’s Budget Battle

Norwegian Air’s CEO, Bjorn Kjos, discusses the budget battle the airline is facing with Congress on November 20, 2014 with CNN’s Richard Quest.

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NAI CEO, Bjørn Kjos’ Speech at the International Aviation Club in Washington, DC

Norwegian Air International Will Create American Jobs, Boost Tourism and Give Americans Affordable Transatlantic Airfares

Bjørn Kjos’ speech at the International Aviation Club in Washington, DC,
November 20, 2014

Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to talk about Norwegian and how we will contribute to making sure that all Americans can afford to fly intercontinentally.

Let me start with a two quotations:

First: “I know everybody would be interested in cheaper airline tickets.”

Second: “Tourism is America’s most important, and largest, services export: growth in international visitors has created roughly 175,000 American jobs over the past five years. Our goal is 100 million visitors in 2021 supporting hundreds of thousands of additional jobs”.

These are not my or Norwegian’s words, but the words of President Obama.

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Norwegian Air International Calls On the U.S Department of Transportation to Approve Application

Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Bjorn Kjos to Speak at International Aviation Club event on November 20 – PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 PRNewswire — Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Bjørn Kjos, who will address a standing-room only audience on November 20 at the International Aviation Club, will reinforce the benefits Norwegian Air International (NAI) service will bring to competition in the transatlantic market, the traveling public, and the global aviation industry. Kjos will again call on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to once and for all approve Norwegian’s application for a foreign air carrier permit that will provide American consumers lower fares and greater choice in air travel.

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Interview with a Norwegian Air Shuttle flight attendant

Thank you Nick P. for taking time to answer some questions. Fly2Travel truly appreciates you taking time out of your busy schedule.

Nick is a flight attendant for Norwegian Air Shuttle, a low-cost carrier based out of Norway. In 2013, Norwegian Air transported over 20.7 million people. Norwegian Air currently has a fleet size of approximately 99 aircraft that fly to 126 destinations globally.

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New National Survey Reveals High Cost of Airfare Deters 75% of Americans From International Travel

International Travel Tops Consumer Lifetime “Bucket List”

Washington DC, October 14, 2014—Globalization gives Americans access to information and goods from countries around the world, but with the rising costs of airfare, it’s increasingly more difficult for them to experience different cultures first-hand. A new Omnibus national consumer survey conducted by Kelton, a global consumer insights firm, commissioned by Norwegian Air International (NAI), finds that the vast majority of Americans are eager to explore new places – and would jump at the chance to travel internationally – if they weren’t prevented by financial reasons. The survey results confirm that pricey flights prevent many would-be world travelers from going abroad as often as they’d like.

In fact, air transportation is a more important factor even than finding a hotel when traveling. Factors like low fares, nonstop options, and convenient routes even trump quality onboard service, and frequent flyer programs when choosing an airline carrier for travel abroad.

“Consumers are looking for low-fare, convenient, route-to-route options and see the cost of airfare as the single biggest factor in realizing their aspirations of seeing the world,” says Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian. “If afforded the opportunity, Norwegian Air International is committed to helping Americans overcome this obstacle by providing them with rates that, aren’t just competitive, but strikingly under-cutting the existing industry standard fares.”

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EU to meet with U.S. over embattled Norwegian airline; carrier wants low-cost fare for Americans

By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times – Saturday, October 11, 2014

The European Commission requested an urgent meeting on Friday between the European Union and the United States to discuss the pending application for low-cost flight carrier Norwegian Air International.

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Politico Q&A: Asgeir Nyseth, CEO of Norwegian Air International

Q&A: Asgeir Nyseth, CEO of Norwegian Air International
By Adam Snider
10/9/14 3:47 PM EDT

Earlier this week, Norwegian Air International CEO Asgeir Nyseth came by the POLITICO newsroom to talk about his airline’s bid to operate in the United States, why he has full confidence in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and why his customers shouldn’t be fighting over reclining seats and legroom. The transcript below has been edited slightly for length and clarity.

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European Union Requests Meeting on Norwegian Air International’s DOT Application

October, 10, 2014DUBLIN – In an unprecedented move, the European Commission requested an urgent meeting between the European Union and the United States to discuss Norwegian Air International’s pending application for a foreign air carrier permit before the U.S. Department of Transportation. The extraordinary meeting, which is being requested by the Commission on behalf of the European Union as a party to the U.S-EU Open Skies Agreement, sends a clear message that the European Union is closely watching Norwegian Air International’s application, to fly to the U.S from several cities in Europe which has been pending for over eight months.

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Norwegian Challenging Legacy Notions on Transatlantic Airfares

“Why should it cost twice as much to fly from New York to Europe than from New York to Seattle?”

This question was posed by Norwegian Air International CEO Asgeir Nyseth during the course of a nearly hour-long roundtable discussion with editors from ATW and Aviation Week. Nyseth was talking about NAI’s plans—assuming it gains US Department of Transportation clearance—to operate Boeing 787s and perhaps 737 MAXs on low fares, transatlantic flights. He said this is threatening to US and European legacy carriers accustomed to charging high prices for any ticket labeled “transatlantic.”

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CNN Profile on Bjørn Kjos – “The man is a genius.”

Sure Kjos is accepted in the United States: – The man is a genius

CNN’s famous presenter Richard Quest believes it Bjørn Kjos has achieved a feat. He does not think the opposition will manage to win the license controversy in the United States.

-This man is a genius, no doubt, says Quest for E24.

-Kjos took this company and built it up to a violation fighting in competition with Easy Jet, Ryanair and others. That’s quite an accomplishment while simultaneously battling an entrenched government-controlled airlines, he says with reference to SAS.

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Editorial – Don’t Undermine EU-US Open Skies

Aug 28, 2014 Karen Walker

Some six months after Norwegian Air Shuttle applied for US permission to launch its long-haul, low-cost operation, Norwegian Air International (NAI), between Europe and the US, the company is still waiting for a yes or no from the Department of Transportation.

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Norwegian Air International – Giving Consumers an Environmentally Responsible Choice in Air Travel

It is in our country’s long-term interest—and simply the right thing to do — to embrace companies that offer the public better products in an environmentally responsible way. Norwegian Air International is one of those companies.

Norwegian Air Shuttle and its affiliate, Norwegian Air International, which is seeking authority from the U.S. government to provide transatlantic flights between the US and Europe, are at the forefront of airlines committed to reducing aviation emissions. Norwegian has announced a goal of lowering emissions per flown passenger by 30 percent by 2015 – a significant reduction. The Norwegian family of airlines is Europe’s largest customer of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner—the world’s “greenest” large commercial aircraft, equipped with new and innovative American technology that vastly reduces fuel burn and CO2. Along with its fuel efficient design, the 787 Dreamliner has the latest flight management systems allowing the most fuel efficient routes and a reduced noise footprint. These will help improve environmental performance of the overall aviation system. This state of the art environmentally friendly aircraft is the one that Norwegian Air International will operate between the US and Europe.

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The Norwegian Air International Debate

This week, the US Secretary of Transportation rejected a request from Norwegian Air International (NAI) to be granted expedited approval to begin scheduled flights to the United States on an expedited basis.

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U.S. Department of Transportation needs more time to make a decision

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that it will require additional time to reach a decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign carrier permit to serve the U.S. from Europe. Until then, Norwegian Air Shuttle will continue to operate flights to the U.S. under its existing authority from DOT.

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The Hill: Giving air travelers a better choice at the right time

Throughout the course of history, open competition has driven commercial organizations to innovate new products, services and technologies that give consumers greater choices for better products at greater value. In the United States, this simple principle has fueled the world’s largest economy that consistently delivers superior offerings to American consumers and to the world. Market competition within any industry results in innovation, lower prices, and greater customer service. Simply put, competition is good for consumers and it’s good for industry: It drives us all to be better. The airline industry is no exception.

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NAI Pilots: We are proud to work for a forward-thinking airline and safety is our main priority

In four recent letters, NAI pilots have reminded the Department of Transportation that they receive competitive wages and enjoy good working conditions. The pilots are “among a growing cadrew of pilots working for Norwegian” who are “anxiously awaiting the launch of NAI’s transatlantic service.” These pilots confirm that NAI pilots receive competitive salaries and enjoy good working conditions, and a positive, cooperative, and energetic work environment. NAI’s pilots, who have thousands of hours of experience and training, are subject to the oversight and licensing requirements of Ireland – one of the most robust aviation safety oversight organizations in the world. “To suggest that any of us would compromise safety . . . offends us personally and professionally.” Every day we “have our passengers and co-workers safety as our main priority.”

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