Pilots Unions in U.S. Seek Help from Trump to ‘Deny NAI’

By Paul Riegler on 6 February 2017
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Pilots at major airlines in the United States don’t want Norwegian Air International to operate flights to and from the United States and they are pressuring President Donald Trump to join them in their fight.

In December, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave final approval for Norwegian Air Shuttle’s Irish subsidiary to operate flights to the United States.

Unions representing airline employees in the United States have been outraged by the decision since before its tentative approval in April, using the slogan “Deny NAI.”

Last week, the union representing pilots at United Airlines asked President Donald Trump to take a stand against the low-cost carrier from Scandinavia, and pilots from Southwest Airlines picketed the White House at the end of January with a similar request.

Captain Todd Insler, representing the United Airlines pilots’ Master Executive Council, wrote the president asking him to strictly enforce the Open Skies agreement and not allow Norwegian to increase its presence in the United States, claiming the airline would hire lower-cost crews from Asia, costing Americans jobs.

“Over time this decision will destroy our U.S. airline industry and all of the jobs associated with it. I am reaching out to you to ask for attention to this issue and your support for overcoming this terrible, policy-setting decision from a lame duck president,” he said.

Norwegian denies the allegations, saying it employs more U.S.-based cabin crew than any foreign airline and creates more jobs in the United States than any foreign airline.

“There is no validity whatsoever to our opponents’ claims that Norwegian’s expansion will lead to fewer American jobs, as the real facts show the complete opposite,” said Anders Lindström, a spokesman for the airline, in a statement.

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