Norwegian Air Shuttle Premium Class New York-Oslo – Flight Review
One European airline has been the subject of a lot of buzz as well as controversy recently. Norwegian, which is relatively new to the long-haul game after having operated low-cost short-haul flights in Europe for over a decade, flies a fleet of shiny new Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the United States to a variety of European destinations, including London (Gatwick), Copenhagen, Stockholm, and of course Oslo, the Norwegian capital.
The airline’s planned expansion via an Irish-flag subsidiary has caused airline employees, unions, and politicians alike, to denounce the carrier for basing one of its airlines in Ireland in order to pay their employees less than the customary wages.
Clearly, I felt I had to see how the in-flight experience was, especially given my preference for the Dreamliner.
What I found, both on the ground and in the air, follows, as I set forth one night to John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 1. There was only one person ahead of me at the check-in desk for the Premium cabin. The agent welcomed me warmly, invited me to use the business- and first-class security line, and I proceed to the lounge (the airline uses Korean’s lounge at T1). Boarding pass in hand (there is no online check-in for these flights), I found a very short line at security and was airside and in the lounge within five minutes.
The lounge was somewhat Spartan but pleasant enough, and offered a variety of soft drinks and adult beverages as well as small sandwiches and chips.
Norwegian invites Premium-class passengers to board before anyone else (and allows them to disembark first).