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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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