blueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4453 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3236 times:
I recognize this is a bit of an inside baseball question, but I was wondering whether anyone could explain why FedEx Express and Atlas Air have filed a motion with the DOT supporting Norwegian's application for a foreign air carrier permit? Obviously they're not acting out of the goodness of their heart, so what interest are they trying to advance or support in the process?
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26978 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3113 times:
Both carriers (along with the last 3 heads of the DOT) are of the opinions the EU-US bilateral is very clear, and the US has no grounds to reject Norwegian.
The EU-US ASA requires parties respect the determination of regulators of the otherside, so if the EU says Norwegian is EU and compliant with EU ownership and citizenship, the US must accept such determination.
On a macro scale both Fedex and Atlas are companies that have tended to long support liberalization of global aviation market and have long opposed protectionism.
[Edited 2014-08-28 22:50:00]
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tozairport From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 689 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
Not sure about Atlas, but it seems FedEx thinks they can leverage the NAI issue to do the same thing in Europe. I have a feeling that this will be an issue when they try to front a candidate for ALPA National President. NAI is such a cancer that the fact that an ALPA carrier would support it is disgusting.
MillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1361 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2587 times:
I would assume that the lift that both companies does in Europe and then fly on to a thirds party country makes them likely to be the carriers who will feel the brunt of a European retribution in case the US denies Norwegian.
Usually self interest makes companies take a stand.
And fedex knows that after their Euro HQ move from Paris to a canton in Switzerland where they pay virtually no tax, they are thus likely to be top of the list for retribution from the EU if a block on Norwegian is enforced.
While I dont particularly care for Norwegian i struggle to see anything wrong or illegal with what they are doing. unethical yes but illegal no.
Its however unfair to hire cheap American and Asian labour (or hire Europeans on contracts in say Thailand) and fly around the world pretending to be a European airline.