Norwegian Airlines Premium Class Review Boeing 787– Paris to New York (CDG-JFK)
You don't need a trust fund to fly to Europe with a bit of style and elegance when you book Norwegian Airlines. Their Premium Economy allows you to fly in comfort, has a wicked bar, and makes sure you're well fed. And it's a bargain!
Norwegian is a hugely successful startup that offers relatively inexpensive flights across the Atlantic. Here’s a review of my recent flight from Paris to New York in Premium Economy:
(You have to excuse the lack of seat images though as I was a bit under the weather and did not get as many photos as I normally do!)
Check-in was a breeze: Premium passengers had dedicated counters and the whole process took about two minutes.
I wasn’t charged for my checked luggage – and was promptly issued a pass to the Salon Icare Lounge. I wasn’t excepting lounge access so that was a nice treat!
On top of this, they gave me passes for expedited customs and security clearance – making the whole immigration experience quick and painless.
Norwegian configures their Boeing 787 Premium Cabin 2x3x2. I decided to sit in the three section in hopes of not having someone climb over me to go to the bathroom (that gamble worked as a couple took the other two seats and used the other aisle to get out and about).
I have a picture of the seats at the top of this post. They were super comfortable, spacious and relaxing…more than the picture portrays for some reason.
When it came time to take a nap after the movie – the seat reclined brilliantly. It went back about as much as domestic US first class. Don't expect lie flat capabilities though - it's not international business class.
Much like Goldielocks – the amount of recline was “Just Right” to snooze for a couple of hours over the Atlantic. For the longest time though - I couldn't find the footrest button. The lever to activate that was hidden by hips (too many pastries in Paris I think!). Once I gave it a pull - the footrest came up!
Norwegian Airlines had a wide selection of beverages that were free in the Premium Cabin. More drinks than I have ever seen on a flight – especially on the cocktail front. You could order them from your screen and have them delivered to your seat.
I started my meal off with a glass of Prosecco and followed that up with a Chardonnay to accompany my fish entree. As a nightcap - I had a Baileys!
The beverage service on my Norwegian flight was really impressive – better than most business class offerings!
I was on an evening flight out of Paris that featured dinner.
I went for the baked pike, which was delicious. It was served in a tasty white sauce with mashed potatoes and scrumptious carrots (I rarely use that adjective for a vegetable – but they were!).
Dinner came with small appetizer and a tiramisu as well.
No points for presentation (the entire meal was in tin or plastic) – but full points for taste which is the most important part!
Prior to landing Norwegian rolled out a chilled salmon (there was another option but I can’t remember what it was!). It came with a piece of camembert and some dates. The whole snacked felt a bit luxe – and definitely put a glam stamp on the final part of the flight!
There were extensive entertainment options on board – more movies and tv shows than anyone could consume on six transatlantic flights! Norwegian gave premium passengers headphones .Bring your own if you want to have superior sound with your move. I kept their carrying case for my workout headphones as I thought it was kind of neat!
Upgrading to the Premium Cabin on Norwegian Airlines only cost me about $200 – and it was well worth it. The seats were excellent, the food was tasty, and the drinks kept flowing! The extra space in the cabin alone would have sealed the deal for me. If you don’t go in with business class expectations – you will have a fantastic flight!