That model is unusual to say the least. While headquartered in Norway, the airline is based in Ireland.
Pilots are hired through a Singapore-based recruiting firm and operate out of Thailand. The reason is cost.
Ireland offers more favorable tax rates compared to Norway. And hiring crew on Asian rather than European work contracts holds the company accountable to a lower wage standard.
These practices, we are told, give Norwegian an unfair cost advantage, undercutting wages and threatening American jobs.
The Air Line Pilots Association, which has launched an opposition campaign, argues that Norwegian’s employees get “substantially inferior” compensation and labor protections.
But wait. Haven’t U.S. carriers resorted to similar tactics over the years?