Pilots call off strike threat

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Turbulence between pilots and management at Norwegian Air literally settled down late Tuesday, after the pilots won a guarantee that new jobs created outside Scandinavia wouldn’t be offered at the expense of established pilot positions in Scandinavia.

The Norwegian pilots had threatened to strike over what they saw as expanded use of temporary contracts instead of new full-time jobs for pilots that are expected to emerge as Norwegian expands. The airline’s management, meanwhile, also won the flexibility they claim the airline needs to face ever-growing competition.

A strike by pilots would have been the first in Norwegian’s 10-year history, but now the airline and its passengers can enter the busy summer travel season without fears that flight operations will be disrupted. Two court cases involving the strike issue that were due to begin later this month were also withdrawn. Both sides expressed satisfaction with their agreement.

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