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Norwegian expands routes as troubles continue. The low-cost carrier announces new services from Scandinavia and the UK for winter 2015. Not all is plain sailing for the airline this year, however. Norwegian announces that one of its routes will be between Oslo (OSL) and Puerto Rico’s San Juan (SJU) in the Caribbean. This once-a-week service, operated using Norwegian’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, starts on 1st November. Flights are on Sundays.

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Norwegian expands routes as troubles continue

Published on Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015 at 15:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd April 2015 at 11:43.

The low-cost carrier announces new services from Scandinavia and the UK for winter 2015. Not all is plain sailing for the airline this year, however.

A Norwegian Dreamliner
A Norwegian Dreamliner
Photo: Norwegian


Norwegian announces that one of its routes will be between Oslo (OSL) and Puerto Rico’s San Juan (SJU) in the Caribbean.

This once-a-week service, operated using Norwegian’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, starts on 1st November. Flights are on Sundays.

Travellers departing from or via Sweden’s Stockholm (ARN) and Copenhagen (CPH) in Denmark will be able to use the carrier’s new services to this destination from 3rd and 6th November, respectively.

The respective once-a-week departures from these airports are on Tuesdays and Mondays.

London Gatwick (LGW) passengers will get two flights-a-week. Services will commence from 4th November, with departures being offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

American dream?        

Norwegian will also be flying to St. Croix (STX) in the US Virgin Islands, another place popular with cruise tourists.

These once-a-week services will be departing from Copenhagen on Mondays, while Gatwick passengers will be able to depart on Fridays. These routes will be commencing on 9th November.

The Danish airport will be used for Norwegian’s new flights to Las Vegas (LAS) too. This once-a-week service will be flown on Tuesdays and starts from 10th November.

Meanwhile, passengers using Stockholm for this US destination will be able to fly there from 31st October every Saturday.

Norwegian also announces that Oslo and London will get services to Los Angeles (LAX) later on this year.

Departures from Gardermoen will be year-round departures, while Gatwick will get three weekly flights this winter season.

Turbulence

The cruise is proving somewhat bumpy for Norwegian regarding America and the company’s Ireland-registered Dreamliners, however.

US Department of Transportation (DOT) officials have still not made a decision on granting the carrier rights to fly to and from there through subsidiary Norwegian Air International (NAI).

The Norwegian CAA has given Norwegian temporary permission to hire the 787-8s for long-distance routes, but this permit expires on 16th June this year. The carrier may then have to move six of its 787-8s to Norway – home of parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS).

Anne-Sissel Skånvik at Norwegian confirmed to business daily Dagens Næringsliv, Wednesday, that the company is discussing the matter with the CAA “and preparing a transfer of the Dreamliners from the Irish to the Norwegian aircraft register.”

Legislative issues

At the same time, the airline wet leases its planes. Personnel aboard are hired via employment bureaus based in other countries, and under local employment conditions.

Ms Skånvik added that Norwegian intends to continue using foreign-based crews for their Europe-US and Europe-Asia flights.

But unions are provoked by this. They claim that the carrier would be flouting Norwegian law if they used non-European crew on Norway-registered aircraft.

“The EEA Agreement provides for free flow of labour, allowing European crews to work on planes. However, Norwegian legislation states that you need a Norwegian Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) if the aircraft are registered in Norway,” Jack Netskar of the Norwegian Airline Pilots’ Association tells The Foreigner.

“Another regulation states that crew serving on international flights need a work and residence permit for Norway, which would apply in this case. Norwegian tried to lobby for a change of regulations three years ago, but the then Labour (Ap) coalition government turned it down following massive opposition,” he concludes.




Published on Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015 at 15:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd April 2015 at 11:43.

This post has the following tags: dreamliner, norwegian, boeing, 787-800.





  
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