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Pilots’ union agrees deal with Norse Atlantic Airways

The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) has entered into a new agreement with start-up airline Norse Atlantic Airways, which the unions says “will deliver hundreds of jobs in the UK”.

The new airline plans to start flights between Europe and North America in 2022, with a fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Terry Brandon, Balpa’s national officer, said: “This is a glimmer of hope for the struggling UK aviation industry that is much needed. We are pleased to welcome Norse Atlantic to London and the new jobs they will deliver at this critical time.

“Our negotiating team has been incredibly impressed with the company’s business plan as it will provide sustainable long-term careers for our members on its transatlantic route network.

“This collective agreement will facilitate a fruitful relationship between Balpa and Norse to ensure that Norse is a great place to work.

“With some government restrictions now being lifted, we hope the newest member of the Balpa family flourishes, and our new agreement with Norse provides opportunities for hundreds of our members.”

Bjorn Tore Larsen, Norse Atlantic’s chief executive, added: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Balpa to offer pilots the opportunity to return to the cockpit and create hundreds of new jobs in the UK, especially following a tough time for the entire aviation industry.

“The passion and professionalism demonstrated by the BALPA team are exactly what we are looking for in Norse as we build a team Norse culture throughout the entire airline which will be our lasting competitive advantage.”

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