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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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