Norwegian has confirmed that it will be chartering Hi Fly’s Airbus A380 aircraft to operate on one of its daily flights from London Gatwick to New York JFK during August, in an effort to help with capacity issues caused by ongoing problems with 787 Dreamliner engines.
In a statement Norwegian said, “We have hired a Hi-Fly A380 to operate our evening London-New York service for several weeks in August as continued issues with a specific Rolls Royce engine type affecting our 787 Dreamliner fleet has reduced our aircraft availability, this is in line with other airlines that have been affected by similar problems.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this solution to our customers to ensure that their journeys remain unaffected, the A380 superjumbo offers a high-quality experience between London and New York courtesy of Norwegian.”
The 471-seat aircraft comes in a 3-class configuration, including Singapore Airlines’ famous first-class suites, which Hi Fly decided to keep after buying the jet from the Singaporean carrier.
Norwegian’s 787s all come in a 2-class layout, meaning business passengers onboard the affected flights are in for a treat, upgrading from a premium economy seat to either a suite or the lie-flat business-class product. Existing ticketed Premium passengers will be randomly placed in one of the 72 premium seats (either one of the 12 suites or one of the 60 lie-flat business seats), meaning passengers who wish to book a suite will be unable to.
Norwegian is the second airline to utilise the aircraft from Hi Fly, following its brief appearance on Thomas Cook Scandinavia’s Copenhagen – Larnaca route last Wednesday.