Yesterday I flew Norwegian from London Gatwick to Los Angeles in Premium Class. It was quite the experience…
I’ve been wanting to try Norwegian Premium for years and used a Friday westbound nonstop to do it. Norwegian uses a 787-9 on the Gatwick to LA route which features eight rows of premium economy in a 2-3-2 configuration between doors one and two.
The seats are like a U.S. domestic premium seat with better recline and a small legrest and footrest.
Premium passengers receive two meals onboard, one after takeoff and one before landing. The first meal was a choice of turkey, beef, or risotto. The beef was actually tasty. Prior to landing, every passenger in Premium was offered a Cesar salad with chicken (no other choice). Also not bad.
If you’re hungry between meals, you can order food off your in-flight-entertainment (IFE) screen, the way Virgin America used to be. All drinks are complimentary for Premium customers and the list of cocktails is fairly extensive.
Speaking of IFE, the selection was limited, but there was enough to keep you occupied. Since the flight also lacked Wi-Fi, I caught up on my reading and took a nap. A pair of Polish passengers sitting in front of me who got totally smashed also provided some in-flight-entertainment.
I cannot complain because I knew what I was getting myself into, but 11 hours during the day is too long to be off Wi-Fi. For that reason alone, I’ll skip Norwegian next time. That said, for the ~$750 price point it is a solid product and was more comfortable than the Lufthansa Premium Economy seat I flew last year.
Next week I’ll publish a full review.