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Published on : Friday, April 29, 2016
Norwegian stands firmly behind the decision of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), supported by the Departments of State and Justice, to grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit under the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement. NAI’s application is supported by scores of US airports, communities, travelers, travel, tourism and business interests.
Norwegian vigorously opposes the introduction of H.R. 5090. The legislation is an attempt by opponents of NAI to undermine this decision and further delay NAI from starting its affordable, safe and high-quality service between the U.S. and Europe and opening up the transatlantic market to much needed competition. As proposed, this bill would override the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement, which would not only come at the expense of American consumers and communities, but place the United States in violation of its international obligations and invite countermeasures limiting the rights of U.S. airlines flying to Europe.
With more U.S.-based crewmembers than any other foreign airline, Norwegian is committed to adding hundreds more American crewmembers as it continues to expand, and upon approval of NAI.
NAI will also continue to create tens of thousands of new American jobs in the aviation, aerospace manufacturing, travel, and tourism industries – a win-win for consumers and the U.S. economy. Norwegian’s order of new Boeing aircraft, valued at $18.5 billion, coupled with its current fleet of over 100 Boeing 737 and 787 aircraft, alone sustains more than 90,000 American jobs.
Despite lawmaker’s last ditch attempt to derail the approval Norwegian is entitled to under the U.S.-EU Agreement, Norwegian remains confident that DOT will move quickly to finalize its proposed decision to grant NAI its foreign air carrier permit. Norwegian is excited to begin delivering affordable fares to American consumers on American-made Boeing aircraft between the U.S. and Europe.