The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an order to grant a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air International. When it is made final, the permit will allow Norwegian Air International to begin operations to the U.S., including the first-ever service between Boston and Cork, Ireland.
In preparation for the permit, Norwegian intends to continue hiring hundreds of American-based crewmembers and use an $18.5 billion order of planes from American manufacturer Boeing. The order is currently set at 149 Boeing 737s and 787s. During the past seven years, Norwegian has taken delivery of 103 new Boeing aircraft (direct buys and leases).