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You probably would have never expected that Norwegian, the low-cost carrier that only flies two types of aircraft, would be operating a double-decker 747 with first class in the nose.
Due to engine problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Norwegian, and a handful of other airlines, have had to suspend their 787 operations. Since Norwegian needs to get passengers to their destinations they’ve had to come up with some pretty creative solutions.
The carrier has wet-leased two 747s from Wamos Air, a Spanish aircraft leasing company. Norwegian’s also wet-leased a Boeing 777-200 from EuroAtlantic, but it appears that it needs even more aircraft to fill the holes in its fleet.
According to Routes Online, the 747-400 will begin service between New York (JFK) and London Gatwick (LGW) on June 8 and will continue flying through July 23.
- DI7016 New York (JFK) 11:00pm Departure → London (LGW) 11:00am (+1) Arrival
- DI7015 London (LGW) 5:05pm Departure → New York (JFK) 8:05pm Arrival
Wamos operates five 747s and five A330s. Its 747s were formerly Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines aircraft — meaning they’re outfitted with some of those airline’s old products.
For the majority of the schedule Norwegian will fly a 747 with two cabins, business and economy. If you purchase a Norwegian Premium class ticket, you’ll be seated in one of these old Singapore angle-flat seats.
However, as One Mile At A Time points out, from July 4 through July 9, Norwegian will use a 747 that still has Malaysia’s First Class seats.
So yes, you can fly in a lie-flat first-class seat on the upper deck of a 747 for a whole lot less than normal because you’ll only be paying for Norwegian’s premium class (essentially premium economy). Malaysia’s old first-class lie-flat seat.
Those first-class seats are rows one through four on the upper deck, just make sure your seat map looks like the image above. Tickets are selling for about $1000 one-way. While you may get a nice seat (although not top of the line) and don’t expect first-class service since Norwegian is a budget carrier.
H/T: One Mile At A Time
Featured image by Alan Wilson / Flickr.
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