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Washington Times: It’s time to let NAI fly here

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, which 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 calls on DOT to Approve Norwegian Air International’s Application

Washington, DC–August 25, 2014–Today, Norwegian Air International filed its reply to the Department of Transportation’s (“Department’s”) notice of August 4, 2014 requesting comments on the meeting between the U.S. Government and the European Commission (“Notice”). Norwegian Air International urges the Department to grant its application for an exemption and a foreign air carrier permit without further delay.

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Norwegian Air to Set Up London Long-Haul Base – NYT

OSLO — Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle will establish a long-haul base at London’s Gatwick airport and plans to move many pilots currently based in Bangkok to the British base, it said on Friday.

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NAI calls on DOT to Approve Norwegian Air International’s Application

European Commission Confirms:
No Legal Basis to Deny Norwegian Air International Application

Norwegian Air International (NAI) today filed comments with the U.S. Department of Transportation confirming its support for the European Commission’s (Commission) views that parties to the US-EU Open Skies Agreement cannot unilaterally deny NAI’s application to serve the U.S. on the basis of Article 17 bis. These views were further confirmed in a Joint Declaration of John Byerly and Daniel Calleja, who chaired the delegations of the United States and European Union, respectively, in the negotiation of the historic Open Skies Agreement, including the 2010 Protocol containing Article 17 bis.

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NAI Travels Efficiently… In More Ways Than One

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Irish Government Urges DOT to Approve NAI

July 30, 2014

Mr. Paul Gretch,
Director,
Office of International Aviation,
U.S. Department of Transportation,
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE,
Washington, DC 20590,
USA.

Dear Mr. Gretch

I am writing to you in relation to the application by Norwegian Air International (NAI) to the Department of Transportation for a Foreign Air Carrier permit and exemption authority.

I wish to express this Department’s concern at some of the comments relating to NAI’s application which appear to question Ireland’s capability to provide effective safety oversight of NAI’s operations.

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Norwegian’s 787s “going better and better”

Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of an airline that had a nightmare experience with its first two 787s last year, could now moonlight as a salesman for the Dreamliner.

Norwegian Air, his new international low-cost carrier, now has a fleet of seven Dreamliners that he’s flying on very long routes such as London to Bangkok and back. With minimal down time at each end, that’s up to 18 hours flying in a day.

“The Dreamliner is the first airplane built to fly such high utilization. It’s performing to it,” said Kjos. “It’s going better and better actually.”

Kjos is a former Norwegian Air Force fighter pilot, who patrolled his country’s air space during the Cold War, intercepting Russian jets in a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.

After eight years in the military, he got a law degree and later fell into running a small regional airline “more or less by accident,” he said.

Today, Norwegian Air is a very successful low-cost carrier flying all around Europe. It’s long-haul unit, Norwegian Air International, is pioneering the use of the 787 to do for international travel what Southwest Airlines did for U.S. domestic air travel with the 737.

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An Open Letter to the U.S. Congress…

As former Secretaries of Transportation, we support the application of Norwegian Air International currently pending before DOT to provide low-fare transatlantic service to the United States. Through our public statements, we have encouraged approval of Norwegian’s application because the carrier satisfies all legal and regulatory requirements contained in U.S. law and the binding U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement.

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US airlines ‘afraid of competition’: Norwegian CEO

The boss of budget long-haul airline Norwegian has hit back at critics, claiming they are “afraid of competition”, amid a raging debate over how the Scandinavian company employs workers.

Norwegian launched a twice-weekly transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles on Wednesday, and will also fly to Fort Lauderdale and New York, beginning this week. These event marks the first venture into budget long-haul flights since Freddie Laker’s Skytrain failed in 1982.

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Congress trying to block Norwegian Air’s low-cost flights in U.S.?

TravelPulse.com CEO Mark Murphy on government efforts to block Norwegian Air’s low-cost flights.

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Norwegian chief defends plans to launch low-cost airline

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s plan to launch the biggest low-cost airline crossing the Atlantic took another hit last week when former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the federal government should withhold a permit for the carrier, pending further studies.

The Norway-based carrier is awaiting approval from the U.S. for permission to fly into the country from a base in Ireland.

Airlines and labor unions charge that Norwegian — Europe’s third-largest low-cost carrier — is opening a base in Ireland to take advantage of more lenient labor laws, with plans to undercut transatlantic fares charged by other carriers.

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Opening the skies to Norwegian Air International (NAI) Means Lower Fares to Europe, More U.S. Jobs and Boost in Tourism

NAI Responds to Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Distorted Op-ED

June 27 – Norwegian Air International’s application to operate to the US has been pending before the US Department of Transportation (DOT) four times longer than the average application by a European carrier since the US-EU Open Skies Agreement took effect. The approval is long overdue and is being opposed by several large airlines and their powerful labor unions in an attempt to block competition and deny the American people affordable airfares to Europe. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, John Byerly, who is advising Norwegian, said “former Secretary LaHood’s call for further examination and delay in DOT’s consideration of Norwegian’s application is surprising.  After hundreds of pages of legal filings in the DOT docket, formal discussions in the US-EU Open Skies Agreement Joint Committee, and the over four months that DOT has had to weigh the regulatory record, there simply are no ‘unanswered questions.’”  Norwegian’s opponents know that the application is in full accordance with the US-EU Open Skies accord.

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Low-cost airline eyes Dublin-Bangkok flights

Norwegian Air Shuttle could be first to link Republic tourist hub Thailand

Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is considering launching a Dublin to Bangkok service next year in a move that could make it the first airline to connect the Republic directly with the major tourist hub.

A spokesman for the company, whose long-haul operations are licensed and managed by a subsidiary based in the Republic, confirmed yesterday the airline is considering launching the Dublin-Bangkok service.

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Pricey Airfare? Blame the Government

Congress is trying to block Norwegian Air’s low-cost flights.

Eleven paragraphs into this Time magazine article on ways to save money on your summer vacation lays buried a revelation that should bring every American’s blood to a rolling boil: At the behest of industry lobbyists, Congress has begun to obstruct a private airline from making inexpensive flights to Europe available to the American public:

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Flying the protectionist skies

America is the land of rugged individualism, of free-market capitalism, of fair and open competition, where anyone with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit can offer his goods or services and strike it rich with the right idea. Well, isn’t it? Sadly, this seems to be the case less and less. The latest example of this comes from the U.S. airline industry.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ fires up Norway’s tourism

Disney’s latest animated blockbuster, “Frozen” is firing up Norway’s tourism sector, as U.S. fans flock to experience the country’s scenic delights.

The movie, which is set in the imaginary Kingdom of Arendelle, is loosely modelled on Norway’s rugged coastline. Scandinavian mythology also runs through film, which features trolls, runes and staves churches.

Following the premier of Disney’s Frozen earlier this year, travel to Norway from the US jumped 37 percent between January and March compared to that time last year, according to Innovation Norway.

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Republicans sell out free-market principles for union favors

Unions on both sides of the Atlantic have alleged bogus labor violations by Norwegian Air —accusations which the chief regulator at the Irish Aviation Authority dismissed as “rubbish.” The Department of Transportation now faces a clear choice—side with American travelers by approving Norwegian Air’s application or cave in to politically connected special interests.

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Summer Vacation 2014: 10 Ways to Get More Bang for Your Travel Bucks

Cheapest Flight to Europe Before It’s Too Late

Low-fare carrier Norwegian Air has been aggressively trying to expand service between Europe and the U.S. The airline, which has offered transatlantic round trips for under $500 (taxes included), recently brought its low-cost service to more U.S. cities, including Orlando.

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Norwegian Offers First Low-Cost Long-Haul Flights at OIA

Norwegian Air is offering new low-cost flights between Oslo and Orlando International Airport. Executives and local leaders are addressing concerns about the airline’s business model and safety.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Executive Director Phil Brown says Norwegian Air is the first to offer low-cost long-haul flights at OIA.

“This is sort of cutting edge because there’s not many airlines that fly long-haul that are low-cost.”

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Norwegian Air brings service to Orlando International Airport

A new airline, Norwegian Air, is now up and running at Orlando International Airport. The airline specializes in low fares and is running two flights a week between Oslo, Norway and Orlando. On Tuesday, airlines representatives, along with Mayor Buddy Dyer, met at the Citrus Club for the official announcement.

The airline offers nonstop service with one-way fares starting at $236. Those cheap fares will get travelers access to over 94 connections in Europe and Thailand.

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Why Norwegian Air’s new service to Orlando is a big deal

Norwegian Air landed its first flight at Orlando International Airport on May 29, making way for a new avenue of business and tourists worth about $32 million for Central Florida. But there’s even more to this deal than meets the eye.

Norwegian Air officials were in town on June 17, along with an impressive lineup of local officials and businesspeople, to discuss more about what the airline carrier’s new service to Orlando means for our region.

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An Airline Even Warren Buffett Could Love

Big European discount airline Wizz Air’s decision to put off an initial public offering announced as recently as last month — due to “current market volatility” — appears to confirm Warren Buffett’s regularly reiterated description of the airline industry as a “death trap for investors.” It would be wrong, however, to write off discount airlines as a bad investment: The revolution they started in the 1990s isn’t over yet.

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E.U. Official Criticizes U.S. Move Against Norwegian Air

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top transport official expressed deep disappointment on Tuesday with an attempt by American lawmakers to block plans by Norwegian Air Shuttle to offer new cut-rate flights across the Atlantic, and hinted at possible legal action if Washington failed to grant an operating license to the budget carrier’s long-distance subsidiary.

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3 Major U.S. Airlines Fight to Cancel Cheaper International Travel

A measure aimed at grounding an upstart airline offering affordable fares for transcontinental travel appears headed for a vote in the House of Representatives.

The transportation appropriations bill is seen as a vehicle for an amendment targeting Norwegian Air International’s new service at U.S. airports, airline officials were told by consultants.

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Opinion: Don’t Let The Big Guys Block Norwegian

The Obama administration has been actively promoting international tourism and a major reduction in barriers to trade between the U.S. and EU—goals that can be immediately furthered by approving Norwegian Air International’s application to provide low-fare competitive transatlantic air service.

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TIME TO MOVE FORWARD — New York

It has no doubt been a hard month for US secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx. After months of revelations about General Motors and faults with its vehicles he saw no choice but to slap a hefty $35m (€25.6m) fine on the carmaker. It’s been a costly debacle for the company and for consumers – a number of which allegedly lost their lives due to the factory defects of certain GM models.

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Norwegian Air Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of U.S. Service – And Sets the Record Straight About its Operation

Norwegian Air has for the past year offered 100,000 Americans the ability to fly affordably between the United States and Scandinavia on its fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Norwegian has also carried 200,000 passengers to the U.S., giving a boost to American tourism.

The airline has created hundreds of new jobs in the air as well as thousands on the ground in the travel- and tourism-related industries. The airline has been very well received by the traveling public; high-profile politicians, tourism authorities and local governments have also given their support.

Unfortunately the labor unions and U.S. airlines are continuing to do everything they can to block the competition.

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Open Orlando’s skies to cheaper competition: Editorial

International visitors are gold in Central Florida’s tourism-driven economy. On average travelers from abroad stay longer and spend more than their U.S. counterparts. Their regional economic impact has been measured at $2 billion a year.

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Let discount Norwegian fly: Our view – USAToday

With trans-Atlantic flights routinely topping $1,000 round trip these days, passengers have reason to celebrate when an airline starts offering discount ticket prices. And so it is with Norwegian, which recently introduced enticing fares such as $194 each way from New York to Oslo, or $268 from Oakland to Stockholm.

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Air Line Pilots Association Launches Super-Xenophobic Ad against Low-Cost Foreign Airline

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently considering whether or not it will honor its EU-U.S. open skies treaty in the case of Norwegian Air Shuttle’s Norwegian Air International (NAI), a low-cost airline seeking to expand service throughout Europe and the United States.

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Upstart Airline Creates Turbulence for Big U.S. Carriers, Union Leaders

An upstart transcontinental airline says it’s making headway with lower costs for passengers and higher pay for workers, but its business model put it on the radar screen of established carriers and a powerful labor union. Now those forces want Washington to forbid the competition to land in the United States.

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Ryanair falls out of favour as Norwegian Air and easyJet voted best for budget flights

Ryanair is no longer among the top five airlines in the UK for budget flights, according to a survey.
Norwegian Air topped the poll, voted the best for holidaymakers looking for value for money – with easyJet second, British Airways third, Jet2 fourth and Monarch making up the top five.

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Ireland Calls on U.S. to Speed Norwegian Air Approval

Ireland’s senior aviation regulator has called on his U.S. counterpart to help secure approval for a Norwegian low-cost carrier’s efforts to launch trans-Atlantic flights in what’s emerged as a test case for competition policy in one of the world’s busiest air-travel markets.

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Norwegian opens crew bases in New York and Fort Lauderdale, and hires American crew members

The European airline Norwegian will soon open its first crew base in New York. The next base in Fort Lauderdale will be opened during the first quarter of 2014. Norwegian is the first European carrier to establish crew bases in the Unites States and to offer several hundred jobs to American crew. Norwegian’s entry into…

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Norwegian Air Reports Surge in U.S. Job Applicants to Crew 787s

Norwegian Air Shuttle AS (NAS) said it has received more than 5,500 applications for 300 U.S.-based cabin-crew posts as the discount carrier recruits staff for an expanding fleet of Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner planes. About 170 people have been offered jobs in Ft. Lauderdale and New York, which the Fornebu-based airline serves from Scandinavia. Norwegian…

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Trade group supports Norwegian Air’s international expansion

In an unusual action, the Travel Technology Association has filed a document at the Transportation Department in support of Norwegian Air International’s pending bid to expand its low-fare transatlantic service. Travel Tech is the trade association of GDSs, online travel agencies and other travel-technology interests. It rarely if ever gets involved in DOT licensing actions,…

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Long-Haul Expansion by a Norwegian Carrier Upsets U.S. Airlines – New York Times

Norwegian Air Shuttle said Wednesday that its long-distance subsidiary had formally received an operating license from Ireland, paving the way for the budget carrier to seek approval in the United States for a plan to offer cut-rate flights across the Atlantic that has been fiercely opposed by airlines and pilots there and in Europe.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle Gets Irish License – Wall Street Journal

U.S. regulators are set to rule in the coming weeks on a plan by a unit of Norway’s largest airline to launch new trans-Atlantic flights that is viewed by the industry as a test case for competition in the world’s most lucrative international travel market. Norwegian Air Shuttle AS is the first of the new…

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Low-cost international flights on Norwegian Air now a step closer – The Seattle Times

If the U.S. Department of Transportation approves a pending application by the airline for recognition of its new long-haul base, Norwegian will fly Boeing 787s on trans-Atlantic routes between the U.S. and major European cities, and from there on to Bangkok and other Asian destinations.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle: Protect and survive – The Economist

A PUSH by Norwegian Air Shuttle to bring its discount, no-frills business model to transatlantic flights has produced predictable reactions. Incumbent carriers and labor unions are apoplectic.

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Norwegian has been granted an Operating License and Air Operator’s Certificate in the EU

Today Irish authorities issued an air operator’s certificate (AOC) and operating license to Norwegian’s subsidiary Norwegian Air International Limited, which is based in Dublin. With this permit, the administration of Norwegian’s long-haul operation will be relocated to Norwegian Air International Limited (NAI). The company has built its managerial and all mandatory regulatory functions in Dublin.…

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USAs største fagforening vil nekte Norwegian å fly til og fra USA

The Norwegian group’s application for license renewal was the theme of a meeting between the EU and the United States in the Joint Committee for air transportation in Washington DC on Wednesday. AFL-CIO’s America’s answer to LO, and the president of the association which organizes workers in transport and trade is not in doubt: English should…

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Can Norwegian Air Shuttle Become the Cheapest Global Airline?

It’s snowing in Copenhagen as Norwegian Air Shuttle Flight DY7041 lifts off. There are nearly 300 passengers on board, most of them Norwegians, Swedes, and Danes eager to escape the gloom that engulfs their part of the world in late November. Today they will arrive in Florida faster than usual. This is the first direct…

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport: a new path to growth

When Bob Garrison, of Toms River, N.J., vacationed in Fort Lauderdale in December, it was a natural to use Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, but he prefers it even when flying down to visit the Florida Keys.

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Norwegian low-fare carrier lobbies Foxx for bigger share of international traffic

A Norwegian airline’s plans to expand low-cost flights between the U.S. and Europe have aroused opposition from American air carriers and unions, who say the company is trying to get around labor rules and pay cut-rate wages.Both sides in the fight over Norwegian Air International are lobbying U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Charlotte’s former…

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Upstart challenges U.S. airlines with low trans-Atlantic fares

Norwegian Air Chief Executive Bjorn Kjos aims to do for international flying what Southwest Airlines did for domestic flying. His upstart European airline is trying to pioneer a new low-cost carrier model that Kjos says could ultimately double passenger traffic across the Atlantic.“Look what Southwest and JetBlue did in America. It should be very cheap…

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Open the skies to Norwegian Air

“We can say with certainty, however, that Americans will be better off if the Department of Transportation gives NAI the opportunity to compete and the Administration continues America’s longstanding commitment to promoting open skies.” – Former U.S. Secretaries of Transportation Peters and MIneta

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Norwegian Increases Competition in Scandinavia – The Wall Street Journal

Increased competition from low-cost rivals such as Norwegian Air Shuttle AS NAS.OS +3.69%  A, which flies in direct competition with SAS on 60% of the Scandinavian flag carrier’s routes, also has threatened SAS’s standing as the dominant Scandinavian carrier.

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Learn more about how Norwegian is Creating Jobs in the U.S.

Hiring crew members where they are based is good for Norwegian and its employees. It increases efficiency and ensures crew members are protected by the full range of labor and employment laws of their home base country.

T o attract and retain qualified crew, NAI offers fully competitive wages in the markets in which it will operate. NAI had over 5,000 applicants for 300 flight attendant positions in the U.S. in 2014 alone.

Norwegian is in the process of hiring hundreds of crewmembers in the U.S. These U.S.-based employees will be protected by the same federal and state employment laws and regulations that apply to crews flying for U.S. airlines.

Globally, the majority of Norwegian’s crew members participate in unions under the collective bargaining laws of their respective countries.

Norwegian is also currently recruiting U.S. based pilots for its JFK base.

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See what Low Fares can do for the national economy

The expansion of low-fare carriers in Europe shows that airlines like Norwegian have the potential to almost double total traffic volumes, creating hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of new jobs in travel and tourism-related industries in destination markets.

When Norwegian opened its direct route between Oslo and Dubai, total traffic volumes between those destinations doubled virtually overnight and have stayed at that elevated level ever since. The positive impact of low-fare competition is likely to be pronounced in the transatlantic market, which has historically been controlled by the three immunized alliances and where total capacity has not increased significantly over the last 3-5 years (although ticket prices have increased!).

Norwegian International’s entry to the transatlantic market will lead to an increase in passenger volumes that will support new jobs and economic growth. More transatlantic passengers means more hotel rooms booked, more restaurant meals enjoyed, more cars rented, more tourist attractions visited, and an overall more dollars and jobs in the U.S. economy.

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Bring on the Tourism! How we can keep them coming.

The expansion of low-fare carriers in Europe shows that airlines like Norwegian have the potential to almost double total traffic volumes, creating hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of new jobs in travel and tourism-related industries in destination markets.

When Norwegian opened its direct route between Oslo and Dubai, total traffic volumes between those destinations doubled virtually overnight and have stayed at that elevated level ever since. The positive impact of low-fare competition is likely to be pronounced in the transatlantic market, which has historically been controlled by the three immunized alliances and where total capacity has not increased significantly over the last 3-5 years (although ticket prices have increased!).

Norwegian International’s entry to the transatlantic market will lead to an increase in passenger volumes that will support new jobs and economic growth. More transatlantic passengers means more hotel rooms booked, more restaurant meals enjoyed, more cars rented, more tourist attractions visited, and an overall more dollars and jobs in the U.S. economy.

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“Hey, ALPA – What About 10 Euro Transatlantic Flights on Ryanair?” – Flyer Talk

Now threats to some of the international routes operated by legacy carriers are emerging by the likes of low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Instead of attempting to implement measures which smack of protectionism, the airlines should prepare themselves to deal with the potential competition by low-cost airlines.

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Just Planes Video – Norwegian Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Just Planes is delighted to welcome Norwegian back to the series for a 3rd program, for the first time on a long haul route following the recent introduction of the new Boeing 787! Meanwhile the airline has become the 3rd largest low cost airline in Europe with close to 90 aircraft in its fleet. Norwegian has orders & options for another 430 aircraft including more 787-8s as well as the new 787-9!

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Norwegian Air: Safety is our Main Priority – Examiner

“Slanderous allegations from competitors and unions is something we’ve gotten used to, also when it comes to safety. As Soon as they run out of arguments they desperately play the “safety card.” Norwegian has been running a safe airline operation since 1993 with no registered accidents or incidents, and our main priority has always been and will always be the safety of our passengers and crew.”

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Airport flap grounds the free market – San Francisco Business Times

As Milton Friedman said, “Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.”

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Bjørn, godammit, you’ve taken all the aircraft! – The Local

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s chief executive Bjørn Kjos has boasted that his risky bet on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner has given him a five-year head start on long haul routes over his Irish rival Ryanair.

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The Viking Skies – The Wall Street Journal

Oslo-based  Norwegian Air Shuttle is the newest airline to attempt low-cost, no-frills service across the Atlantic. Its courage should be applauded, since previous attempts to make a go of this market have failed, from Britain’s Laker Airways to Canada’s Zoom Airlines. Naturally, the usual protectionist suspects are reacting as if this were the second coming of the Vikings.

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Norwegian Air’s first class of local flight attendants receive their ‘wings’ – Sun Sentinel

The first batch of South Florida-based flight attendants for Norwegian Air Shuttle received their “wings” this week in a ceremony that signaled ‘lift off’ for the Scandinavian low-cost carrier’s new Fort Lauderdale crew base.

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