Long-Haul Expansion by a Norwegian Carrier Upsets U.S. Airlines
“They are the first true low-cost carrier to take advantage of the opportunities provided for under that agreement,” he said. “As in any agreement, the first case always challenges the meaning of the negotiated language.”
Flying doesn’t come cheaply these days, particularly on long-haul flights across the Atlantic.
But Norwegian Air Shuttle, which specializes in low-cost flights within Europe, plans to bring its pared-down model to the United States and Asia.
Its strategy, however, comes with a few twists: Norwegian is moving its long-haul operations from Norway to Ireland, basing some of its pilots and crew in Bangkok, hiring flight attendants in the United States, and flying the most advanced jetliner in service — the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In the process, it has infuriated established carriers and pilots.