Norse Atlantic Airways has launched a daily flight between London Gatwick and New York JFK today as flight N0701 takes off at 1330 this afternoon.
All of the B787-9 Dreamliners have been repainted in a new ‘longship livery’ with each aircraft named after a national park – Redwood, Seqouia and Yellowstone for instance. For this inaugural it was aircraft registration LN-FN1 named Jotenheimen which is a park in Norway.
The aircraft has 338 seats configured in two classes with 282 economy passengers and 56 premium economy (styled Premium).
Premium seats have a seat pitch (leg room) of 46-inch pitch, 12 inches of recline and seats are in a 2-3-2 configuration (AC-DEF-GJ) running from row 1 back to row 8.
Each fare class offers a range of three fares: Light, Classic and Plus, with Plus offering two checked bags and two meal services on board, a dedicated check-in (though no lounge access) and increased ticket flexibility.
Fares to New York start from £357 return for a Light fare in economy for the remainder of the summer schedule, including all applicable taxes.
Business Traveller is on the inaugural and will post a review of the flight later.
Norse Atlantic has also launched flights between London Gatwick and Oslo allowing customers to fly from Oslo to New York via London.
The airline recently announced onward connections with Easyjet, Norwegian and, in the US, Spirit Airlines.
Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said:
“We are delighted to welcome Norse Atlantic’s much-anticipated new service to Gatwick Airport. North America is a key market for us, with New York continually among our most popular destinations.
“We currently operate 40 long-haul routes across the USA, Canada, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East and Asia, so it’s great news for our passengers – as well as businesses across the region – that we are able to add another fantastic long-haul carrier to our operation, increasing choice and competition.
“We look forward to seeing Norse expand its transatlantic offer even further over coming months, alongside its connections to Oslo.”
Meanwhile Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO of Norse Atlantic Airways, commented:
“The introduction of affordable Norse Atlantic Airways point-to point flights between the UK and the United States, will benefit both local tourism and businesses.
“Not only are we directly investing in both countries by employing local staff but also supporting job creation across the wider tourism and service industry.”