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188 Members of Congress Urge U.S. DOT to #DenyNAI

By Ed Wytkind IMG_1913

How strongly do members of Congress feel that Norwegian Air International (NAI)’s application for a foreign air carrier permit should be denied? Yesterday, on the eve of a U.S.-European Commission (EC) Joint Committee meeting to discuss the NAI case, 188 House members, led by Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY) and Albio Sires (D-NJ), delivered an unambiguous […]

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Ed Wytkind in The Hill: Norwegian Air deal undermines labor standards

By Ed Wytkind

Cue the stately intro music: Norwegian Air International (NAI) CEO Bjørn Kjos is taking tips on how the U.S. government functions from Netflix’s D.C. drama, House of Cards. In a series of articles this fall in Dagens Næringsliv, Norway’s business newspaper, Kjos suggested that American opposition to NAI’s request for a foreign air carrier permit is all a symptom of what he […]

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U.S. DOT Keeps Norwegian Air International Grounded

Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) made a pivotal decision and dismissed a request by Norwegian Air International (NAI) for an exemption that would have allowed it to begin trans-Atlantic service to the United States while a request for a foreign air carrier permit was still pending at DOT. The decision comes on the […]

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NAI Delivers a Timeout in Washington from Partisan Rancor

In this time of extreme partisan fighting, there’s not much in Washington on which politicians agree. Enter Norwegian Air International, or NAI. This airline’s plan to launch new trans-Atlantic service into the U.S. has become a galvanizing issue in Washington for politicians across the political spectrum who recognize a scam that will harm our economy […]

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Time to Derail Norwegian Airline Scheme

By Ed Wytkind

Congress may be on break, but this month the Obama Administration faces a watershed decision with huge implications for the global aviation industry and its workforce. By August 31st, the Department of Transportation (DOT) must rule on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption that would allow it to begin transatlantic service in the […]

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Privatizing Airport Security Is Only Good for Corporations

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Earlier today, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President J. David Cox, Sr. reminded a House Security committee of a simple fact: while Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) are too often blamed for screening procedures set by TSA management, these federal workers play a crucial role in ensuring that U.S. skies are as secure as possible. […]

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Bad Connection: Why Proposed Cell Phone Use on Planes Should Be Grounded

By Ed Wytkind

A recent Harris Poll asked Americans to identify their biggest pet peeves when traveling by air. The top responses? Passengers who abuse the overhead bin space and those who recline their seats. Now just imagine if passengers were allowed to talk on their phones throughout a flight, free to chat about business and their personal […]

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Norwegian Air’s Low-Road Expansion Plans Get Cold Reception on House Floor

By Ed Wytkind

Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) effort to import its low-road economic model found a new opponent: the entire House of Representatives, which approved by voice vote last night an amendment rejecting this flag of convenience scheme. For months we’ve been calling NAI out – through our #denyNAI campaign – for its plan to expand transatlantic service […]

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Former Chairman Oberstar Weighs in Against NAI’s “Flag of Convenience” Scheme

By Ed Wytkind

Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) scheme to launch a Flag of Convenience airline has attracted a hefty opponent. NAI meet Jim Oberstar. Yes, the former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee yesterday urged Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to reject NAI’s application for a foreign air operator’s certificate to expand its long-haul transatlantic service. Mr. […]

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Not Only Airline Employees Have a Distaste for Norwegian’s Low-Road Expansion Plan

By Ed Wytkind

Why would American hotel workers, electricians, teachers, construction workers and a host of transportation workers unite against a foreign airline’s attempt to expand service to the U.S.? The answer: This particular airline is using the same race-to-the bottom tactics deployed by global corporations that have left a bad taste in the mouth of just about […]

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