NOR­WE­GIAN

Business Traveller - - CONTENTS - By Tom Ot­ley

Nor­we­gian is putting its new­est B787-9 air­craft on the New York route with a large pre­mium cabin, since it be­lieves the de­mand is there from busi­ness trav­ellers want­ing a greater de­gree of com­fort.

As you’d ex­pect with a Dream­liner B787-9, the win­dows are large and there’s lots of head room and good size over­head lock­ers. Pre­mium seats are in a grey leather with red an­ti­macas­sars on the head rests and have a seat pitch of 43 inches. Seats are in a 2-3-2 con­fig­u­ra­tion (AC-DEF-GJ) run­ning from row 1 back to row 8.

The seats are com­fort­able to sit in, and also to sleep in. How­ever, the seat re­clines old style, so that it moves into the space of the pas­sen­ger be­hind. The IFE screens come out of the arm of the seat – which means, of course, you can’t watch it dur­ing take-off and land­ing as you can in econ­omy class. How­ever, the IFE screen is touch­screen which makes it easy to use.

There is in-seat AC power for de­vices and a USB point in the IFE screen that has a small charge and grad­u­ally pow­ers up your de­vice.

Soon af­ter take-off, we were of­fered ap­ple juice, or­ange juice or wa­ter. At each seat is a blan­ket in a plas­tic wrap­per. When I un­wrapped the blan­ket, it had quite a nice feel to it and since the seat next to me was empty, I used its blan­ket as a back bol­ster and the other to cover my­self for the flight and when sleep­ing.

No amenity bags were of­fered, but ear­phones were given out af­ter take-off. I have noise-can­celling head­phones and I’d rec­om­mend reg­u­lars to buy some or take their own. The in­flight en­ter­tain­ment choice was fairly lim­ited so I hung my iPad over the sys­tem and watched my own en­ter­tain­ment, but if you don’t fly much there was a small choice of quite up-to-date Hol­ly­wood films.

Af­ter a while, the drinks ser­vice came round. The choice was prosecco, Heineken beer, one white wine – a Michel Lynch Bordeaux 2016 Sau­vi­gnon blanc – and one red, a Caber­net Syrah -Do­maine L’Ostal Cazes Grand Vin Min­er­vois 2016.

Shortly af­ter­wards, the meal ser­vice came round with a choice of three main cour­ses: lamb rump in a rose­mary jus, roast pota­toes, grilled as­para­gus and a mint pea puree, hake in a beurre blanc, or chicken with potato gratin. The food was tasty and hot.

The tray ta­ble comes out of the other arm of the chair and was good and firm – great for both eat­ing and work­ing on my lap­top.

The flight at­ten­dants then of­fered other drinks, in­clud­ing a bas­ket of minia­ture Bai­leys, Co­gnac and whisky with plas­tic glasses pre­filled with ice (and with­out) – a nice and eco­nom­i­cal touch. Tea and cof­fee were of­fered as well.

Af­ter lunch I wanted to sleep for a while. Although the lights had been dimmed, the cabin was still very light, so I asked if there were any eye masks and ear plugs. The an­swer was an apol­ogy, but no. The flight at­ten­dant said he had an eye mask of his own if I’d like to bor­row it. I was very grate­ful, and got an hour’s sleep, which I needed af­ter an early start that day. This was typ­i­cal of the ex­cel­lent ser­vice.

About 90 min­utes be­fore land­ing, a se­cond meal ser­vice took place. This was a quiche salad (there wasn’t a choice) and drinks.

This was a very good flight and what most im­pressed, other than the very low price, was the stan­dard of the ser­vice on board.

Hav­ing flown long haul with Nor­we­gian in pre­mium to and from Lon­don and New York, it re­ally is an ex­cel­lent ser­vice, and very in­ex­pen­sive com­pared to the com­pe­ti­tion.

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