Norwegian Airlines Review: Short-Haul
Norwegian is fast becoming the go to low-cost carrier and has an impressive fleet of B737, B787’s and a new fleet of B737 MAX8 which means they can go on even further long distance routes. Some of Norwegian’s newest routes include 12 further transatlantic routes from the East Coast of the US to Ireland, NI, Scotland. Norway – Singapore started in Autumn (2017)
I recently flew with them from London Gatwick to Stockholm Arlanda Airport on the older B737-800.
Boarding and checking were smooth with an on-line app to check in and Q boarding card on my mobile. There are check -in kiosks too. The aircraft was noticeable clean and felt very modern, sleek and new.
The seats are reclinable. Each seat is 17.2 inches wide and has a pitch of 29-31 inches but like other low-cost carriers no blankets or pillows provided (at least not on short haul). For the short flight, I was comfortable and at 5’6″ the pitch was appreciated – I’m sure more so if you are 6′!
A real bonus for adults and kids is the free WiFi – where you can even watch live TV or play games on your own tablet or phone. So don’t forget to pack your headphones. They do have overhead TV’s and controls on the armrest so you can watch whatever is playing. There are no in-seat charging points.
On long-haul B787-8 Dreamliner flights, TVs are in the back of seats and the inflight entertainment system allows you to choose your favourite TV show, film, albums or games. You can even order your snacks from your seat.
Meals for my flight were a mixture of chargeable hot and cold snacks ( eg chicken tikka hot meal, toasted sandwiches, fresh fruit salad, crisps etc but on long haul if you upgrade to premium meals are included.
There are no bassinets for children on the short-haul and I will find out if long-haul have.
Norwegian has managed to provide another level of service between low cost carrier and the big international names. The provision of free WiFi plus their wide range of routes we also travelled with them to Kefalonia, Greece) make them a good contender.
Have you flown with Norwegian long- haul? How was the flight?
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