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Norwegian Air Plans to Hire U.S. Pilots for Florida 787 Push

  • Carrier already has 500 American flight attendants on payroll
  • U.S. rivals, unions have complained of unfair labor advantage

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, the focus of protests by U.S. carriers and unions over labor practices, plans to recruit and hire commercial airline pilots in the country as the carrier expands flights out of Florida.

Norwegian, supported by a fleet of Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners, will be the only European airline to hire U.S.-based pilots,  according to a statement Monday from the Fornebu, Norway-based carrier. With bases in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and New York, the company brought on U.S. flight attendants starting in 2013 and plans to have more than 500 by the end of this year.