Norwegian Air gets Irish permits

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Norwegian Air has finally gained the permits to begin operating out of Ireland from next month. The low-cost carrier said regulation of its long haul operations, documentation and planes will move from Norway to Ireland, giving it the right to fly using crews from outside Europe.

“We’ll continue to operate like we have done as Norwegian Long Haul in Norway, with bases in Thailand and the United States and with flights from east to west,” long distance director Asgeir Nyseth told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). He said staff affected by the move would be given the opportunity to travel to Ireland to set up the new enterprise.

Nyseth was confident the major problems Norwegian has had with it’s trouble-plagued Boeing 787 Dreamliners are over. The planes were delivered months overdue and have had several technical problems, causing chaos particularly over the Christmas/New Year period. “There is nothing to hide, and we can only apologize to those passengers who have been affected by this,” said Nyseth. “After the problems we had at Christmas the planes have worked brilliantly. And there is no reason why this should become worse when we move over to the Irish Air Operator’s Certificate.”

Norwegian Air’s expansion plans have drawn the ire of airlines and pilots worldwide. Members of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) arrived in Oslo this week to lobby Norwegian boss Bjørn Kjos, over what they claim are blatant attempts to circumvent Norway’s labour laws and the EU-US air services agreement. ALPA said Norwegian is exploiting the system by using cheaper Asian crews on its long haul routes.

newsinenglish.no staff