The CEO speaks out: Plans and struggle for new Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norwegian plans to operate low-cost, long-haul services connecting Europe with the US and Asia using its Dublin-based subsidiary, Norwegian Air International, whose Irish licenses mean it is covered b

The CEO speaks out: Plans and struggle for new Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norwegian plans to operate low-cost, long-haul services connecting Europe with the US and Asia using its Dublin-based subsidiary, Norwegian Air International, whose Irish licenses mean it is covered by air travel agreements between the EU and non-European countries.

US regulators in September decided to slow Norwegian’s quest to operate in the United States however, where unions have said the airline pays low wages and does not meet employment standards.

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The chief executive of Norwegian Air Shuttle, which is seeking to launch a low-cost, long-haul airline via Ireland, has rejected arguments by US airlines and unions that his efforts to build a network serving the United States would undermine wages and working standards.

Instead, chief executive Bjorn Kjos said US airlines arguing for labour fairness actually fear his cheap ticket prices. A round-trip flight from New York to London in December costs as little as $483 on Norwegian, compared with $835 on Delta or $832 on American, according to prices posted on the airlines’ websites on Wednesday.

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