An upstart transcontinental airline says it’s making headway with lower costs for passengers and higher pay for workers, but its business model put it on the radar screen of established carriers and a powerful labor union. Now those forces want Washington to forbid the competition to land in the United States.
The surviving big birds of American aviation – United, Delta, and American – have weighed in on the side of the world’s biggest airline pilots union. The union bluntly claims Norwegian Air International doesn’t have the well-being of customers and employees at heart.
To Norwegian employee Bill Hennessey, a flight attendant for 23 years and himself a former official with another union, it’s all about keeping a daunting competitor from taking off.
“Together, these U.S. airlines control almost 90 percent of the transatlantic market,” Hennessey says in an interview with The Foundry.