Norwegian Air International (NAI), the long-haul division of Norwegian Air Shuttle, has gained an air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Irish regulatory authorities. The move to apply for an Irish AOC—a country not served by NAI—has been criticized by trade unions, which have accused the Norwegian carrier of shopping around for “flag of convenience” status to avoid employing staff under Norway’s stringent social legislation. Norwegian denies this. NAI will ...

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