Posted on: 09 January 2014 by Mark Howells
Norwegian is to open its first crew base in New York to be followed by a second in Fort Lauderdale during the first quarter of 2014.
Norwegian is the first European carrier to establish crew bases in the Unites States and to offer several hundred jobs to American crew. The airline says its entry into the US market will also create millions of jobs in the travel- and tourism industry. During 2014, 300 American crew members will be working for the company. In its first year of full operation, Norwegian aims to fly one million passengers in and out of the US.
Norwegian started its long-haul operation in 2013 with routes between Thailand and the US and Europe. In 2014, the route network will expand to include 14 routes between the US and Europe.
“Norwegian’s goal is to bring innovative service at a low fare to the US market with brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. In our opinion, air fare between the US and Europe has been far too expensive. To maintain an effective operation, crew bases will be placed at the start or end of the route segment and we are happy to announce the establishment of our first crew bases in the US,” declared Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
“Around 170 cabin crewmembers have been recruited in New York and Fort Lauderdale, and we are hoping to see many American crewmembers on board our Dreamliners and the new 737 MAX in the years to come. We also encourage American pilots to come work for us. To do so, they will need an EASA licence,” Kjos added.
Norwegian noted that is the first, but will definitively not be the last low-cost low-fare carrier to enter this market.