Norwegian Expands its US Route Network Again (April 2017 Edition)

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It’s been a busy few months for Norwegian, the company has been continuously expanding its route network, and bringing some truly stunning prices to consumers. Now, Norwegian has just announced a further expansion with two additional west coast cities added to its network.

Norwegian announced new routes from Denver/DEN and Seattle/SEA to London Gatwick/LGW. The Seattle route is scheduled to start on September 17, 2017. The Denver-Gatwick route is scheduled for September 16, 2017, with a twice-weekly service for the summer season on Tuesdays and Saturdays. During the winter the company plans a 3-flight a week service which will start on November 2, 2017.

Norwegian 787

Norwegian announced that fares for the new routes would start at $199 one way in economy and $839 for premium economy fares including taxes.

Like most of its transatlantic routes, Norwegian will operate the new route using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft are configured with 35 Premium economy seats and 309 economy seats. Norwegian’s Premium seats have a pitch of 46 inches, and a width of 19 inches in a 2-3-2 configuration. Regular economy seats have a pitch of 31-32 inches and a width of 17.2 inches and are laid out in a 3-3-3 configuration.

This is a truly promising move from Norwegian, which expands the horizon for more and more routes to be opened up by the company, although the west coast prices are not as exciting as the $65 one-way from the east coast. Bear in mind though that Norwegian is a low-cost carrier, and the price is for a bare bones ticket, anything else from checked luggage and beverages will be charged separately.

Our Take

With Norwegian’s success in the US market and the demand for comfortable low-cost transatlantic travel, the expansion is great news; it is only a matter of time before more destinations are added by carriers, and more competitors enter the low-cost market.

Source: The Points Guy

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    Steven Siden says:

    Virgin Atlantic just began flying a 787-9 daily SEA-LHR as well. Wonder what’s driving the demand for this route?

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    More competition cheaper prices.
    This is very positive in my opinion.
    Of course it will be essential do an analisys to compare cost and services offered.
    Sometimes it could be just a little more expensive but much more convenient spending some more money.

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    Paul Milligan says:

    Great news and BA should be very worried. They need slots at LHR though

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      I doubt you will ever see Norwegian at Heathrow, as it wouldn’t fit the business model for a low cost carrier. If central London is the final destination, Gatwick is just as convenient as there is a direct train service.

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    Yes, I welcome more competition in the U.S. market.

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    Yes can’t wait for them to come to Texas!

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    I’ve heard of Norwegian but the bare bones scares me. I’ve traveled in coach overseas, so that’s not the issue really as in what I would be charged for everything. I see baggage charges on their website but do they list all the other possible charges? Any idea on customer service and rep?

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    Promising indeed. Hoping this will provide a kick in the tail for the legacy US carriers to improve their value proposition.