On my recent trip to New York I was lucky enough to fly with Norwegian Air in their Premium Cabin. More comfortable than economy but less luxurious than first class, Norwegian Air’s Premium class offers an affordable upgrade on standard economy cabins.
With a range of added benefits such as access to Gatwick’s No.1 Premium Lounge and 2 checked-in cases, flying Premium can enhance your entire flight experience. So if you’re ready to stretch your legs (and your budget), you might just be ready to fly in Premium too. Here’s my review of Norwegian Air’s Premium experience.
The Airport Experience
The benefits of flying in Premium were clear as soon as we arrived at Gatwick airport. The priority check-in lane meant that there was no hanging around and after a couple of minutes we had checked in and waved goodbye to our luggage. As Premium passengers we could check in 2 suitcases each, both weighing up to 20kg (40kg in total). The extra baggage allowance was a huge benefit on this trip in particular as I had packed way more clothes than usual for our trip to New York! I also knew it would come in particularly handy after all the shopping...
The check-in staff added a little silver sticker to our tickets, which granted us fast-track security and complimentary access to the No.1 Lounge at Gatwick Airport. Available to First, Premium and Business Class travellers only, the No.1 Lounge definitely enhances your flying experience. A bar, formal restaurant and lounge area serves complimentary food and drink which can all be made to order. We kicked our journey off in style with a glass of prosseco and a light dinner from the a la carte menu.
As a Premium traveller, we also received priority boarding onto the Norwegian Air 787 Dreamliner. A complimentary welcome drink of apple juice or orange juice was offered around as we settled into our seats. I was really impressed by the 55 inches of leg room, which made it feel a far cry from the often claustrophobic conditions of economy. Whilst the seat didn’t go completely flat, the recline was generous and again, went much further back than Economy.
Dining in The Sky
I read on the Norwegian Air website that Premium offers a 3-course dinner as part of the flight service. In all honesty, I would say that this is a bit misleading. Whilst there is the equivalent of a starter, main and desert, it is served all at once in a paper box, so it didn’t feel like a 3-course meal. The food itself however, was tasty, healthy and fresh. I opted for the king prawns with vegetables and rice which was served with tabbouleh salad and an apple tart. Wine was offered alongside dinner as well as a post-dinner aperitif. I treated myself to some Baileys on ice.
Norwegian Air’s fleet of 787 Dreamliners have entertainment screens for all passengers in both Economy and Premium, showing an extensive range of movies, tv programmes and games. Whilst I didn’t end up watching any films, I was definitely glad to have the entertainment there as an option. However, I was surprised to find that no headsets were given out to Premium or Economy passengers. When asked about the headsets, the stewards explained they didn’t have any on board and that we could use our own earphones.
Top Tip: If you’re flying with Norwegian Air, be sure to take your own earphones and headsets with a ‘pin’ style plug in. iPhone 6+ headphones are not compatible with the 787 Dreamliner.
Getting 40 Winks
As a frequent traveller I am used to sleeping on planes, so drifting off in Premium felt like a piece of cake. We were given a blanket and pillow for extra comfort, but no eye mask or earplugs. If you’re a light sleeper, I would definitely advise bringing your own. I always do.
Flying in Premium with Norwegian Air made my journey to New York infinitely more comfortable and enjoyable. Whilst the Premium cabin is not quite on par with the Business Classes I have flown in, it is head and shoulders better than Economy. I definitely appreciated all of the special benefits and the generous check-in baggage allowance definitely came in handy for me. I stepped off the plane feeling rested and ready to conquer New York City.
If you're travelling for a special occasion or simply want to enjoy a bit more comfort in the sky, Norwegian Air's Premium Class offers a more affordable way to travel in style.
Norwegian Air has recently launched a double daily service to New York from Gatwick Airport. Norwegian Air operate a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliners with cabins for Premium and Economy. Fares start from £149 one-way in economy and £499 one way in Premium including all taxes and charges.
Read my First Timer's Guide to New York
What do you think about my Norwegian flight experience? Have you flown with Norwegian before or are you considering them? I'd love to hear what you think! Jess x
My flight to New York with Norwegian was provided complimentary in exchange for this review. As always, all thoughts, opinions and images remain my own.