Norwegian is bombarding the US market coast to coast with tempting low fares. Many in the miles and points hobby, when the subject of long-haul economy comes up, get a pained look on their face followed by “I can’t…”
Most everyone has their price, though, and most of us before getting into this hobby certainly could sit in the back, so I am here to tell you that it is a perfectly unremarkable experience.
I flew their 4-hour flights from New York to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique (connected by a Corsair flight).
I was surprised they did not have e-check-in for my flights. Fortunately, though I was traveling light anyway, there was not overzealous enforcement of carry-ons. If you do plan to check bags, buy early because as departure approaches the price increases. I almost bought some local jams (star fruit anyone?) that would have needed to be checked until I saw the price for luggage under 48 hours from departure.
I found the legroom to be ample. I am 6′ so not overly tall or short. The seats are slimline, which I don’t mind. The staff looked miserable and spent the flight behind curtains playing on their phones rather than relentlessly hawking food and duty-free like some airlines, which made for a peaceful flight. None had the swish uniforms I have seen for some Norwegian flights at JFK.
They were on their phones because of the free wi-fi. Yes, you heard that, free wi-fi. Slow in parts, but I did some things I needed to get done. The free TV steaming of Bloomberg and NFL also worked. The only time I can remember any airline giving me wifi for free, except for special promotions like Delta and eBay, was a few megabyte allowance on Iberia business class.
Readers, how about you?