Norwegian’s DI7181 landed in Austin for the first time a week ago, which marks the airline’s arrival into the Lone Star State. The flight is operated by Norwegian Air UK which is a subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle that started just two days after the airline flew its first flight to Chicago O’Hare airport.
Norwegian declared a new non-stop route first from Austin to London Gatwick last July which was in a period of rapid expansion, with the airline regularly declaring new destinations in a short period of time which included Denver in the U.S. and the airline’s first Asian destination i.e. Singapore. Norwegian Air UK serves 10 other cities of U.S. from its Gatwick hub.
The airline’s route between Austin and London Gatwick is flown via Boeing 787-9 aircraft which has 56 seats in the premium cabin and economy consists of 282 seats. This configuration being new for the airline has seen quite a success with its premium cabin where it only offers seats which are only slightly wider and with some extra legroom among other amenities you would usually pay for on a low-cost carrier such as three-course meal and free checked bags.
55 out of 56 premium seats were booked for the For Austin’s inaugural flight.
Norwegian 787s delivered last year, featuring 35 seats in premium class and 309 seats in economy seats. Newer premium cabins on the 787s will have a seat pitch of 43 inches, 3 inches less than before with more premium seats onboard the airplane which has only been possible with more premium seats onboard the airplane.
The airline made it clear in May 2017, before officially announcing flights to Austin, that they are observing three new U.S. markets including Chicago, New Orleans, and Texas.