Norwegian is to expand the Premium cabin on selected new deliveries of its B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

The low-cost carrier’s current B787-9s are configured with 309 economy and 35 Premium seats, totalling 344 seats across the aircraft.

But selected deliveries in 2018 will be reconfigured with 56 Premium seats (an increase of 60 per cent). To accommodate this 27 economy seats will be removed, and the aircraft’s total capacity will be reduced to 338 seats.

Premium seats offer 46 inches of legroom, with passengers also getting benefits including fast-track and lounge access, checked luggage allowance, seat reservation and complimentary food and drink.

Norwegian currently has five B787-9s in its fleet, with 27 on order. The carrier also operates eight B787-8 aircraft, with 259 economy seats and 32 in premium economy, for a total of 291 seats.

All of the carrier’s long-haul routes to the US are currently served by the Dreamliner, although the recently-announced transatlantic flights from Ireland and Scotland will be operated with forthcoming B737 Max aircraft.

The next few months signal a buy period for Norwegian, with several new partnerships set to be announced for the carrier’s growing Norwegian Reward programme, and new long-haul routes also expected to be announced (for a discussion on this subject visit our forum).