Norwegian - 2016-04-15 16:25 BST The U.S. Department of Transportation has today issued an order proposing to grant a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air International.When 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. “A final approval, based on the Open Skies Agreement between the U.S. and EU, will be win-win for consumers and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic. It will allow Norwegian to expand our U.S. operations. Our continued presence in the U.S. will create thousands of jobs and generate tens of millions of dollars of economic activity for the Group’s U.S. destinations,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos of Norwegian Group. Norwegian intends to continue hiring hundreds of American-based crewmembers, bring hundreds of thousands of European tourists to the United States, continue to offer the American people affordable fares and efficiently utilize an $18.5 billion order of planes from American manufacturer Boeing. Norwegian currently has a firm order of 149 Boeing 737s and 787s valued at more than $18.5 billion at current list prices. During the past seven years, Norwegian has taken delivery of 103 brand new U.S. manufactured Boeing aircraft (direct buys and leases). Norwegian flies fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Boeing 737s on its routes between the U.S. and Europe.