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Norwegian Air and OSM Aviation Join Forces to Increase Global Presence and Competitiveness

Press release   •   Dec 16, 2015 08:00 EST

OSLO (December 16, 2015) – Norwegian Air Resources Holding (NARH) and OSM Aviation have signed an agreement to form a stronger global partnership in employment and management of aviation crew. The new partnership – where NARH acquires 50 percent of OSM Aviation – will build on the experiences of Norwegian’s and OSM Aviation’s established relationship offering professional employment and good career opportunities.

OSM Aviation offers permanent employment and competitive working conditions for current and future employees. Through OSM Aviation, Norwegian will also secure local expertise when expanding globally. OSM Aviation currently employs more than 1,000 Norwegian crew members in Sweden, Finland, UK, Spain and the United States. OSM Aviation is offering recruitment, training, crew management and in-flight services to several international customers. NARH is a fully owned subsidiary of Norwegian. The conditions of employment for pilots and cabin crew remain unchanged.

“By joining forces, OSM Aviation will become one of the world’s leading companies for employment and management of crew in global aviation. For more than two years we have had a fruitful and professional relationship with OSM Aviation. Together we will build an even stronger global presence and competitiveness for further expansion in new markets,“ said CEO of NARH, Krister Aarnio.

“This is an important milestone for us. Through this partnership we will further strengthen our global position as a leading and an attractive employer and a professional provider of quality, competence and human resources to our customers,” said CEO of OSM Aviation, Espen Høiby.

The new partnership is formed by NARH acquiring a 50 percent stake in OSM Aviation.The joint company will furthermore acquire a 49 per cent stake in Norwegian’s companies in Spain, Finland and the UK as of June 30, 2016. The local companies are subsidiaries of NARH, which will retain the majority ownership in these companies.

The closing of the agreement is subject to The European Commission approval under the EU Merger Regulation. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q1 2016.

Media Contacts:
OSM Aviation: CEO Espen Høiby,.+47 90 10 10 02
Norwegian: Chief Communications Officer Anne-Sissel Skånvik, + 47 97 55 43 44
Norwegian: VP Corporate Communications Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen, + 47 45 45 60 12

About OSM Aviation
OSM Aviation, which has specialized in the employment and development of air crew, has approximately 2,000 employees in 14 countries. Qualified cabin crew and pilots are permanently employed in the various countries where the company has bases. Working conditions and other terms for employees comply with the laws and agreements that apply for air crew in the respective countries. OSM Aviation has experienced a positive response in the market after launching in 2012, and has already attracted several international airlines as customers.

About Norwegian
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s seventh largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 35 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried 24 million passengers last year on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – a total of 439 routes to 132 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit