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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 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!

If you agree with this letter and are a current Norwegian crew member then let us know you’re out there and you support our message! Add your name to our growing list below. If you are not a crew member but would like to show your support, please click here and sign our Whitehouse.gov petition.

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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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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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