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U.S. Airlines Cry Foul on Norwegian’s Labor Practices, Ask DOT to Block Carrier

Excerpt from Christine Negroni

Dec 21, 2013 12:00 pm

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Four major U.S. airlines and the largest American pilots union are calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to deny Norwegian‘s attempt to fly into the United States under a new subsidiary based in Ireland. This could threaten the low cost carrier’s rocket-like ascent into the U.S. and Asia markets from hubs in Scandinavia.

The U.S. government must approve a new operating certificate for Norwegian now that the company has separated its cockpit crews into two groups to evade labor laws. Low cost carrier, Norwegian has divided its 737 pilots who are paid a union-negotiated wage hitched to the country’s high cost of living from its contract Dreamliner pilots who will fly long haul, live in Bangkok and work under contracts with an outside hiring firm.

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