Norwegian continues to expand internationally and is currently establishing new crew bases in New York and Fort Lauderdale. More than 5,500 Americans are competing for 300 jobs as cabin crew on Norwegian’s routes between the U.S. and Europe and Asia. “We’ve encountered a luxury problem,” said Norwegian’s HR Director, Gunnar Martinsen.
Norwegian began recruiting U.S. cabin crew in October 2013 and so far the response has been formidable. The airline has received more than 5,500 applications for a total of 300 positions to be filled in 2014. So far, about 170 have been offered jobs in Fort Lauderdale and New York, while the remaining 130 are currently being recruited to the two U.S. crew bases. Several crew members have already had their first days in the air.
“Our new colleagues, many of whom have previous experience from airlines such as British Airways and United ‘love Norwegian’s strategy and concept’ and look forward to flying the Dreamliner,” said HR Director Gunnar Martinsen.
“Our new crew members also say that Norwegian’s conditions are highly competitive and that our training program keeps a very high quality level compared to their previous experiences,” Martinsen added.
“When I heard that Norwegian was establishing a crew base in the U.S., I immediately had to apply. This company is going to conquer the world,” said Joseph Gabriel from the New York crew base. Gabriel has previously worked for British Airways.
Norwegian establishes new crew bases in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
Norwegian is recruiting new staff members to its bases in Europe, USA and Thailand. During 2013, almost 900 new jobs as cabin crew were established. Local wages, working conditions and law apply to all of Norwegian’s crew bases.
Norwegian’s long-haul routes in 2014:
•Bangkok: Oslo and Stockholm
•New York: Oslo; Stockholm; Copenhagen; Oslo and London
•Fort Lauderdale: Oslo; Stockholm; Copenhagen and London
•Los Angeles: Oslo; Stockholm; Copenhagen and London
•San Francisco: Oslo and Stockholm