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Answer of Labor Parties to Norwegian Air UK Limited’s Request for Expedited Processing

BEFORE THE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
WASHINGTON, DC

Application of
NORWEGIAN AIR UK LIMITED
for an exemption under 49 U.S.C. § 40109 and a foreign air carrier permit pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 41301
Docket No. OST-2015-0261

ANSWER OF LABOR PARTIES TO
NORWEGIAN AIR UK LIMITED’S REQUEST FOR EXPEDITED PROCESSING

Edward Wytkind, President
Transportation Trades Department,
AFL-CIO
815 -16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-628-9262
Email: edw@ttd.org

Alex Garcia, Secretary-Treasurer and
Air Transport Division Director
Transport Workers Union of America
AFL-CIO
501 3rd St. NW -9th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.719.3870
Email: agarcia@twu.org

Russell Bailey
David Semanchik
Air Line Pilots Association
1625 Massachusetts A venue NW Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-797-4086
Email: Russell.Bailey@alpa.org
David.Semanchik@alpa.org

Sara Nelson, President
Association of Flight Attendants-CW A 501 3rd Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-434-0574
Email: snelson@afacwa.org

Sito Pantoja, General Vice President
International Association of Machinists
and Aerospace Workers
9000 Machinists Place
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Phone: 301-967-4596
spantoja@iamaw.org

Philip Von Schoppenthau
Secretary General
European Cockpit Association
Rue du Commerce 20-22
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
Phone: 32-2-705-3293
Email: pvs@eurocockpit.be

BEFORE THE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
WASHINGTON, DC

Application of
NORWEGIAN AIR UK LIMITED
for an exemption under 49 U.S.C. § 40109 and a foreign air carrier permit pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 41301
Docket No. OST-2015-0261

ANSWER OF LABOR PARTIES TO
NORWEGIAN AIR UK LIMITED’S REQUEST FOR EXPEDITED PROCESSING

The undersigned labor organizations (“the Labor Parties”) do not oppose the request of Norwegian Air UK_Limited (“NAUK”) for “expedited processing … for a foreign air carrier permit” via the immediate issuance of an order to show cause. December 21, 2016 Motion of Norwegian Air UK Limited for Leave to File and Expedited Treatment at 1, 4.1 For the reasons we have previously stated in this docket, and in Docket DOT-OST-2013-0204 involving NAUK’s corporate affiliate Norwegian Air International, however, the Department should propose to deny Norwegian Air UK’s application unless NAUK commits to ensure that the pilots and flight attendants who will operate its transatlantic flights will be based in the United Kingdom or the U.S. and will be employed by UK or U.S. employers on contracts governed by UK or U.S. law. As it stands, NAUK’s application raises serious questions about whether its business plan is consistent with the requirements for issuance of a foreign air carrier permit set out in the aviation statutes (49 U.S.C. § 41302) and with Article 17 bis of the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement. Because of these concerns, the Labor Parties have asked DOT to seek additional information from NAUK in order to clarify the carrier’s staffing plans for its services to the U.S. See Joint Answer of Labor Parties, dated Dec. 28, 2015 (Docket No. OST-2015-0261-0002) and Joint Answer of Labor Parties, dated Jan. 4, 2016 (Docket No. OST-2015-0261-0008).

The issuance of an Order to Show Cause will allow interested persons to have an opportunity to comment on the Department’s tentative findings before the Department moves to a final order in this case.

Respectfully Submitted,

/s/ Edward Wytkind
Edward Wytkind, President
Transportation Trades Department,
AFL-CIO
815 -16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-628-9262
Email: edw@ttd.org

/s/ Philip Von Schoppenthau
Philip Von Schoppenthau,
Secretary General
European Cockpit Association
Rue du Commerce 20-22
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
Phone: 32-2-705-3293
Email: pvs@eurocockpit.be

/s/Sito Pantoja
Sito Pantoja, General Vice President
International Association of Machinists
and Aerospace Workers
9000 Machinists Place
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Phone: 301-967-4596
spantoja@iamaw.org

Russell Bailey
David Semanchik
Air Line Pilots Association
1625 Massachusetts A venue NW Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-797-4086
Email: Russell.Bailey@alpa.org
David.Semanchik@alpa.org

/s/Sara Nelson
Sara Nelson, President
Association of Flight Attendants-CW A 501 3rd Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-434-0574
Email: snelson@afacwa.org

/s/ Alex Garcia
Alex Garcia, Secretary-Treasurer and
Air Transport Division Director
Transport Workers Union of America
AFL-CIO
501 3rd St. NW -9th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.719.3870
Email: agarcia@twu.org

Dated: January 3, 2017

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