Norwegian Air CEO Peddles Scheme to Fly into US at Cost of Workers’ Rights

Norwegian Air International (NAI) CEO Bjorn Kjos in a speech today continued his campaign to attain a foreign air carrier permit from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) at the International Aviation Club in Washington D.C.

Kjos’ scheme centers on the “Flags of Convenience” model used in the maritime industry, which would allow NAI to register its planes in Ireland to circumvent Norwegian labor and safety regulations, and hire cockpit and cabin crews from Thailand and other countries with lax labor standards.

“NAI’s plan is a bad deal for airline workers and the traveling public and should be rejected,” said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja.”The United States should be at the forefront of improving global labor standards. Approving NAI’s application would make us complicit in their campaign to abolish workers’ rights.”

The US DOT is expected to rule on NAI’s application for a foreign air carrier permit soon.