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Independent.ie—Norwegian pumps another €46m into Irish long-haul base

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[As published by John Mulligan in Independent.ie] The parent firm of Scandinavian airline Norwegian has pumped another €46.6m into its new Irish subsidiary as it prepares to use Ireland as the base for its long-haul service, Norwegian Air International (NAI). Last month, Norwegian injected €39m into the Irish arm. US aviation unions have been campaigning heavily […]

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Independent.ie—Scandinavian airline Norwegian granted licence to operate from Ireland

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[As published by John Mulligan in Independent.ie] The long-haul arm of Scandinavian airline Norwegian has been granted a licence to operate from Ireland in a move that will infuriate US aviation unions. The long-haul unit, Norwegian Air International (NAI), has been flying routes from Scandinavia to the US and Thailand and had sought to base […]

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Runway Girl Network—UPDATE:Unions fear other LCCs will copy Norwegian

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[As published by Kerry Reals in Runway Girl Network] Union leaders fear that Norwegian’s successful attempt to receive an Irish air operator’s certificate (AOC) and offer transatlantic flights through an Irish subsidiary will lead other low-cost operators to follow a similar strategy and the industry could face a “tipping point”. In an interview with Runway Girl […]

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TTD Statement on Irish Approval of Norwegian’s Flag of Convenience Airline

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#DenyNAI Campaign Presses Ahead WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement in response to the Irish government’s approval of an Air Operator Certificate to Norwegian Air International: “We are disappointed that the Government of Ireland has sanctioned Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) launch of a ‘flag of convenience’ airline that threatens […]

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APEX Editor's Blog—Norwegian business model faces challenges from labour in EU and US

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[As published by Christine Negroni in the APEX Editor’s Blog] Is Norwegian’s plan to offer no-frills, discount fares between the US/Europe and Asia a boon for consumers; the first step toward making travel to the world’s far flung places even more affordable? Or is it the “Walmart-isation” of an industry that will depress salaries and […]

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Independent.ie—US unions' plead with Leo Varadkar over Norwegian air licence

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[As published by John Mulligan for Independent.ie] Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has been asked by a US union body to “carefully consider” the implications of awarding the long-haul arm of Scandinavian airline Norwegian a licence to operate its service using a base in Ireland. In a letter sent to Mr Varadkar over the weekend and […]

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TTD Joins Effort in Oslo to Combat Norwegian Air International’s Scheme

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OSLO, NORWAY—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement following a two-day unity meeting in Oslo, Norway, with U.S. and European labor leaders to expand opposition against Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) flag of convenience airline: “We took aim today at Norwegian Air’s plan to scour the globe for cheap labor and game […]

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Reuters—Airline Unions Lobby to Halt Norwegian Air's Long-haul Plans

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[As published by Balazs Koranyi for Reuters] Airline unions and pilots groups asked European and U.S. authorities on Wednesday to deny Norwegian Air Shuttle’s request for a new long-haul license, accusing the budget carrier of trying to avoid taxes and skirt labour laws. Norwegian this year became the only European budget airline to launch long-haul […]

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The Hill—Unions to Budget Writers: Restore Transit Tax Break

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[As published by Keith Laing in The Hill] Unions for federal government employees and transportation workers are pushing budget writers in Congress to extend tax benefits that have given to people who ride public transportation systems to work. Transit riders were allowed to set aside $245 of their monthly incomes before taxes for their commutes […]

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Politico Pro—State of the Union Wish List

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[As published in Politico Pro’s Morning Transportation (subscription only) by Adam K. Snider, featuring Kathryn A. Wolfe, Kevin Robillard and Alex Guillen] STATE OF THE UNION WISH LIST: 1) Funding. 2) Funding. 3) Funding. President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union address next Tuesday and the transportation industry is once again left […]

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