Norwegian to make pilots permanent via local contracts

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Norwegian is to offer pilots permanent employment through local "resource companies", under a new corporate structure intended to "ensure international growth and necessary traffic rights".

Two new subsidiaries are to be established by the low-cost airline: one in Norway and one in the EU.

"All pilots permanently employed in Scandinavia will be transferred to the Norwegian operating company," says the carrier. "They will keep their current wages and conditions."

Pilots at bases outside Scandinavia, meanwhile, will be offered permanent employment via "country-specific resource companies". Flightcrew in Finland are first in line for the roll-out of the new arrangement; their counterparts in Spain and the UK are next.

Norwegian says the Finland-based pilots will receive their offers "by the first quarter of 2014".

The purpose of the EU-based operating company is to facilitate access to traffic rights.