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Norwegian flies and tries. Norwegian Air Shuttle gets more planes and stirs Americans and Scandinavians. The low-cost carrier, which has recently signed an agreement with Boeing for the manufacturer’s new iPad-based aircraft maintenance apps – has just ordered two new Dreamliners. “Fantastic aircraft” The leased longer-range 787-9s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, and are expected to begin long-haul service in the same three months. They will bring the carrier’s Dreamliner fleet to 10.

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Norwegian flies and tries

Published on Thursday, 19th December, 2013 at 23:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th December 2013 at 20:38.

Norwegian Air Shuttle gets more planes and stirs Americans and Scandinavians.

A Norwegian Dreamliner
A Norwegian Dreamliner
Photo: Norwegian


The low-cost carrier, which has recently signed an agreement with Boeing for the manufacturer’s new iPad-based aircraft maintenance apps – has just ordered two new Dreamliners.

“Fantastic aircraft”

The leased longer-range 787-9s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, and are expected to begin long-haul service in the same three months. They will bring the carrier’s Dreamliner fleet to 10.

Norwegian currently has three 787-8 Dreamliners flying its long-haul routes, with five more on order. It is expected four will be delivered next year, one in 2015, and two in 2016. The airline has also just opened a new route from western Norway’s Bergen to New York.

CEO Bjørn Kjos says in a statement he is “very satisfied to have secured our first two 787-9 Dreamliners.”

“In order to run a competitive long-haul operation, we are dependent on brand new cost-efficient aircraft. This is a fantastic airplane with high passenger comfort, long range and low fuel burn.”

The lighter plane carries 20 per cent more passengers than its 787-8 predecessor, is 20 feet (about 8 metres) longer, with a significantly higher cargo capacity. Fuel consumption is some eight per cent lower per seat.

But check your facts                  

Not everyone is delighted about Norwegian’s rapid expansion with its 39-country service, 80 planes – with 300 more on order – and best low-cost airline in Europe award, however.

50,000-member strong ALPA (The Air Line Pilots Association) claim Norwegian is able to pay lower wages and offer inferior working conditions to its flight crews because the airline uses their base in Singapore to hire them under local law.

Things could get potentially challenging if the US Department of Transportation responds to ALPA’s attempts to get officials to reject Norwegian's foreign carrier permit application “immediately”.

At the same time, Norwegian flies US-Europe under the EU’s ‘Open Skies Agreement’ with America. The deal permits US and EU-based airlines to fly between both unrestricted.

A spokesperson for Norwegian was unruffled by ALPA’s allegations. They suggested to website Business Insider in an email that the Association “obtains some facts about Norwegian, our operation and strategy before presenting false statements about a company they obviously don't know much about."

“[Norwegian] offer[s] competitive wages and conditions to all pilots, whether based in or outside Europe". Long-haul pilots operating out of Bangkok "all receive highly competitive, international wages and conditions," the spokesperson added.

Disgruntled            

Norway-registered Norwegian Air Shuttle has also previously flown into a certain amount trouble with other nations’ competitors over using Asian-based flight crew on its long-distance routes.

They are able to do this by registering their Dreamliners in Ireland. The budget airline started flights to the US and Asia this year.

Last week, the CAA Norway extended Norwegian’s six-month dispensation in connection with obtaining an Irish AOC (Air Operators Certificate) by another four from 23 December this year to 1 April 2014.

SAS is now considering making a formal complaint about the Authority’s decision, asserting it helps Norwegian to circumvent Norwegian laws, Norway business daily Dagens Næringsliv has reported.




Published on Thursday, 19th December, 2013 at 23:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th December 2013 at 20:38.

This post has the following tags: norwegianairshuttle, norwayflights, usfllights, asiaflights.





  
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