Norwegian continues to expand internationally and is currently establishing new crew bases in New York and Fort Lauderdale. More than 5,500 Americans are competing for 300 jobs as cabin crew on Norwegian's routes between the U.S. and Europe and Asia. “We’ve encountered a luxury problem,” said Norwegian’s HR Director, Gunnar Martinsen.
Norwegian began recruiting U.S. cabin crew in October 2013 and so far the response has been formidable. The airline has received more than 5,500 applications for a total of 300 positions to be filled in 2014. So far, about 170 have been offered jobs in Fort Lauderdale and New York, while the remaining 130 are currently being recruited to the two U.S. crew bases. Several crew members have already had their first days in the air.
“Our new colleagues, many of whom have previous experience from airlines such as British Airways and United ‘love Norwegian’s strategy and concept’ and look forward to flying the Dreamliner,”said HR Director Gunnar Martinsen.
“Our new crew members also say that Norwegian’s conditions are highly competitive and that our training program keeps a very high quality level compared to their previous experiences,” Martinsen added.
“When I heard that Norwegian was establishing a crew base in the U.S., I immediately had to apply. This company is going to conquer the world,” said Joseph Gabriel from the New York crew base. Gabriel has previously worked for British Airways.
Norwegian establishes new crew bases in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
Norwegian is recruiting new staff members to its bases in Europe, USA and Thailand. During 2013, almost 900 new jobs as cabin crew were established. Local wages, working conditions and law apply to all of Norwegian’s crew bases.
Norwegian's long-haul routes in 2014:
- Bangkok: Oslo and Stockholm
- New York: Oslo; Stockholm; Copenhagen; Oslo and London
- Fort Lauderdale: Oslo; Stockholm; Copenhagen and London
- Los Angeles: Oslo; Stockholm; Copenhagen and London
- San Francisco: Oslo and Stockholm
- Orlando: Oslo
Video: Two of the company’s New York crew members explain why they chose Norwegian. Watch it here.
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Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the second largest airline in Scandinavia and third largest low cost carrier in Europe. More than 20 million passengers fly on its network per year. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has a total of 416 routes to 126 destinations and employs approximately 3,500 people in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, UK, Spain and Thailand. The company has 258 undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. In 2013, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi, world-class punctuality and a fleet of 89 aircraft with an average age of only 4.8 years.