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Norwegian to increase London Gatwick flights and add more Premium seats

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Norwegian has big plans to expand out of Gatwick, and the airport will be the first to experience an expanded Premium cabin.

In a clear bid to attract business travellers, Norwegian is pulling back from an exclusive focus on opening new routes and will instead focus on increasing frequencies to existing cities.

Gatwick will be the home for the 10 brand new 787 Dreamliners which will enter the Norwegian fleet this year.  These feature 56 seats in the Premium cabin which is 21 more than the current planes.

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The medium term plan is to increase Gatwick – Los Angeles to 11 flights per week, Gatwick – Fort Lauderdale to 4 flights per week and eventually launch a third daily flight on the Gatwick – New York route.

It has also announced plans to fly from London to South America and Asia, with possible flights to Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing, once the airline receives access to the Siberian flight corridor.

In 2019 eight brand-new single-aisle Airbus A321neo LR will be added to Norwegian’s fleet with plans to serve the US East Coast and Midwest.  These are the same aircraft that Aer Lingus is buying to also use on the US East Coast.

The press release about the changes is here.  My review of Norwegian’s Premium seat is here.

Comments (55)

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  • Roger I* says:

    I’d love to see a Norwegian link from LGW to Cape Town.

    Conventional wisdom – i.e. BA – suggests the flight length would be unsustainable, too much time on the ground at CPT. Yet they are happy to fly from LGW to Buenos Aires.

  • Roger I* says:

    I’d love to see a Norwegian link from LGW to Cape Town.

    Conventional wisdom – i.e. BA – suggests the flight length would be unsustainable, too much time on the ground at CPT. Yet Noregian are happy to fly from LGW to Buenos Aires.

  • Roger I* says:

    (Gulp) typo. NorWegian.

  • Roger I* says:

    Sorry about the duplication, Rob. Windows problematical for me today.

    • Alex Sm says:

      This only reiterates the fact that we need a more developed platform for the forum which allows editing of the comments and notifications of replies. The current platform is a dog honestly. In aviation terms it’s a LCC while people deserve at least PE or even Business. Any plans to upgrade, Rob?

      • Rob says:

        Even if it was possible I would not allow the editing of comments after the fact as it just leads to mischief.

        I haven’t actually discussed what we may change on comments with the people doing the redesign. I am not hugely keen to bring back notifications either.

        • Graham Walsh says:

          Notifications would be super handy, also the ability to search the comments. wpDiscuz looks a good option as there is a fair but of control with it.

        • Bagoly says:

          I agree on mischief.

          Re searching comments, a reasonably effective approach on Google is to follow the sought words with

          • Rob says:

            I do that to find old articles sometimes due to the inadequacies of the inbuilt search box 🙂

        • Alex Sm says:

          I got your point about mischief (Facebook made all the previous edits visible ‘on demand’ exactly for that reason), but at least people should be able to delete their comments and resubmit if they see a typo or press ‘Submit’ accidentally before they actually finished writing. In some service it’s time-limited (like first 30 minutes after posting), plenty of options to make user experience better!
          But notifications (if managed properly) will make people’s lives so so much easier. What is any other real alternative for tracking comments? One can keep X number of tabs open and refresh the pages but this is crazy. Or users can just let it go and miss people’s replies to their comments – this is what people mostly do now, I suspect

      • Cate says:

        ‘ The current platform is a dog honestly’ @Alex Sm

        Ouch that’s harsh. This website is aimed primarily at business users, we don’t need to be spoon fed.

        • Louie says:

          + 1 re how useful it would be to be able to search comments.

        • Alex Sm says:

          I was just trying to mimic Rob who calls various things – from B787 Dreamliners to Virgin’s A330 Upper Class – ‘dogs’ in his reviews from time to time. Things which are bad but not that bad.
          Anyway, would be good to have more options about managing comments – that was my point.

  • Cate says:

    Think Waitrose Essential range rather than Tesco Value. Plus you get cash back to use against future flights.

  • Camhalf says:

    I would even say Norwegian long haul economy compares favourably to BA WT. My only complaint is that the food is overpriced, and i don’t like feeling my [non-alcoholic] drinks are being rationed on an LH flight. Service comfort and quality are no different to/from east coast US. If I didn’t maintain BA status from other travel to pre-reserve exit does, etc when in WT, I would be indifferent, after adjusting for price and time (and often, the need for an onwards connection). Norwegian CashPoints is also simple. It lacks the ‘Wow’ factor of redeeming for a long-haul business class seat, but I have happily redeemed my meagre balance for £ off checked bag fees (It’s like using Clubcard points for £ off your shopping).

    • Cate says:

      I think PE seats attract economy passengers who want a bit more room on a long flight rather than people who typically fly in business/first class. As much as I like Norwegian and some other carriers for short hops I wouldn’t consider PE as a viable alternative to business class.

      • Tom says:

        The Norwegian premium service is a cut above PE on other carriers. More spacious seats with excellent recline.

      • Leo says:

        Well I’m not sure that’s quite right – you get separate check in and lounge access with Norwegian Premium, and not all business class seats have true flat seats even now. In some ways the product is similar to regional business on CX….

  • Bach says:

    OT – Anyone managed to get the Black Friday avios bonus from Avis on Iberia or BA?

  • Chelseafi says:

    OT. If I refer OH to nectar amex from my Plat amex do I get 18k MP? Plus do Nectar run any bonuses for new cards or not likely now?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep 18k.

      And yes they do but it’s usually targeted via a nectar card portal so would you still get a referral bonus?

      honestly 18k MR or 20k nectar I know what I’d rather have.

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