NEW YORK (OCTOBER 10, 2016) – Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline, has announced its intent to recruit and hire American pilots for its crew base at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The airline aims to hire a large pool of American pilots over the next few years to ensure adequate staffing for its aggressive aircraft delivery schedule. Three new area managers also joined Norwegian’s United States team this month, responsible for ground operations and cargo at Fort Lauderdale, New York and Boston airports.
“Hiring American pilots for our long-haul operation has been one of Norwegian’s goals since launching our transatlantic service three years ago, and we are thrilled that we are finally able to do so. With the delivery of 31 additional Boeing Dreamliners over the next few years, Norwegian is excited to be adding American pilots to our ever-growing workforce. We already have more U.S.-based cabin crew than any other foreign airline, and now we will be the only European airline to hire U.S.-based pilots,” said Asgeir Nyseth, Chief Operating Officer of the Norwegian Group.
Norwegian started recruiting American cabin crew for its bases at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in October 2013 and will have more than 500 American cabin crew by the end of this year. With the launch of several new routes, hiring American pilots over the next few years will allow Norwegian to adequately accommodate the growth of the airline’s long-haul network. Norwegian will cover the cost of converting the pilots’ certification from a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificate to a European pilot license based on European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations.
“Continuing our U.S. expansion is one of the key factors to Norwegian’s global strategy, and we want to be able to support the local market and stimulate those economies as much as we possibly can. We are still looking at opening more crew bases across the U.S., and depending on the success of the American pilots in Fort Lauderdale, we’ll include pilots in each of those new bases as well,” said Mr. Nyseth.
Norwegian currently offers a total 44 routes from the U.S.; 37 of which are to Europe and seven are to the French Caribbean. Upcoming 2016 routes launches from the U.S. include: Las Vegas to London (October 31); Las Vegas to Oslo (November 1); and Fort Lauderdale to Guadeloupe (December 17). Route launches from the U.S. for 2017 include: Oakland/San Francisco to Copenhagen (March 28); Los Angeles to Barcelona (June 5); New York/Newark to Barcelona (June 6); Oakland/San Francisco to Barcelona (June 7); and Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona (August 22).
Norwegian is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried 26 million passengers in 2015. The airline operates 450 routes to over 138 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean and the U.S. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 110 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world’s youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian was named the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards in 2015 and 2016, and for the fourth consecutive year, named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline. Norwegian employs 5,500 people. The airline offers 40 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris, Scandinavia and the Caribbean.
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Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s sixth largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 40 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried 26 million passengers in 2015 on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – a total of more than 440 routes to over 130 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.