Flight Attendant Union and Norse Atlantic Airways Reach Historic Pre-Hire Agreement with Neutrality and Contract Subject to Ratification by Future Crew

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2021) – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) and Norse Atlantic Airways (Norse) have agreed to a pre-hire agreement for U.S.-based Flight Attendant jobs at the new low-cost, long-haul start up airline. Norse expects to create a minimum of 700 Flight Attendant jobs in the U.S. and agreed to union neutrality with joint application for certification by the National Mediation Board once the Flight Attendants demonstrate majority interest in representation with AFA. The full contract, subject to ratification after certification of the union, includes industry-leading starting pay and job protections, healthcare, and a 401k among other key benefits.

“This is what respect for workers and our unions looks like,” stated AFA President Sara Nelson. “We are proud to provide a path of return to work for AFA members who flew in a similar long-haul, low-cost operation. Those Flight Attendants organized and successfully beat back misguided efforts by a different management to misclassify Flight Attendants as contractors. But, as soon as they won the fight and a contract the airline ceased operations in March 2020. Their hard work and commitment to our careers is paying off and raising the bar for Flight Attendants everywhere. Norse management is taking a refreshing approach to labor relations and demonstrating that the success of a business starts with good jobs. We are thrilled to announce this historic agreement and we look forward to getting people to work as soon as possible.”

“We are thrilled to reach this agreement with AFA and proud to make clear from the start that our airline puts people first,” stated Norse CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen. “Travelers will gain a low-cost, long-haul option, but tickets will never be subsidized by our employees. We strongly believe building an airline with respect for the people who work for Norse is the best way to ensure success. AFA has been an outspoken advocate for Flight Attendants and our airline will also benefit from working with this great union. This agreement for Flight Attendant jobs gives us even more urgency to lock in all of the regulatory approvals to start operations as soon as possible.”

The contract, subject to ratification by the Flight Attendants, specifically states, “The Company commits to directly employ all crew to ensure it is promoting fair competition, workers’ rights, and the highest standards in safety and employment regulations.” Additional language ensures Norse will maintain these jobs in the United States and protects against furloughs if Flight Attendants are also employed outside of the U.S.


The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, (AFA) AFL-CIO represents nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 17 airlines. AFA is the union that has advanced the Flight Attendant profession for 75 years, beating back discrimination and improving wages, benefits, working conditions, and aviation safety, health and security in the aircraft cabin. AFA also partners with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

Norse Atlantic Airways is a new innovative airline serving the low-cost, intercontinental market between popular European and US destinations with a fleet of modern, fuel-efficient and more environmentally friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Established in February 2021 and expected to be listed on the Euronext Growth Exchange in Oslo on 12 April 2021, Norse Atlantic expects to be taking-off with its first flight in December 2021. For more information, visit www.flynorse.com.

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