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U.S. Flight Attendants Rally at the U.S. Department of Transportation

Press release   •   Feb 18, 2015 13:06 EST

This morning about fifty flight attendants from Norwegian’s U.S. bases united at the steps of the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. They took action to voice their support for Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit application and urged the Department to approve it without further delay. The application has been pending for over a year.

“We´re here in the Nation´s capitol to once and for all tell our government that it´s time to approve Norwegian Air International´s application, which is in full accordance with the Open Skies Agreement.I represent 300 cabin crew members at our U.S. bases in New York and Fort Lauderdale and we want new routes that will provide more jobs for pilots, crew and local municipalities, while also providing more choices and lower fares for the U.S. traveler,” said Joseph Gabriel, Base Chief Cabin Crew at Norwegian´s Fort Lauderdale base.

Norwegian’s U.S. based crews have also written a letter to President Obama and Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx http://www.openourskies.com/a-letter-to-our-president/ expressing their support for the “swift approval” of the foreign air carrier permit. Members of the U.S. based crew attending the event will deliver this letter to the Department of Transportation at the morning rally.

For more information:
Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen, VP Media Relations, Norwegian +47 454 56 012

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. Close to 24 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 424 routes to 130 destinations and employs approximately 4,500 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. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi on short haul, world-class punctuality and a fleet of 96 aircraft with an average age of only four years. In 2013 and 2014, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. In 2014, Norwegian also won three prizes at the prestigious Passenger Choice Awards for Best Airline in Europe, Best Inflight Connectivity & Communications and Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience for its moving map on the 787 Dreamliners. In addition, Norwegian was awarded Europe's best low-cost airline by AirlineRatings.com for the second year running.