JT Genter – Forbes Advisor
On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, Norse Atlantic Airways took off with paying passengers for the first time in the airline’s history. The Norway-based airline hopes to succeed where many other airlines failed: low-cost point-to-point service across the Atlantic.
We at Forbes Advisor made sure to boeing classic tickets be on the airline’s first flight from New York to Oslo—the second passenger flight ever operated by the airline—to see what the experience was like. Here’s what to know about booking and flying on Norse Airways.
Norse Airways Cabins and Airfare Options
Norse Airways aircraft offer two types of cabins: Premium and Economy. While the primary difference is what kind of seat you’ll sit in, each cabin includes different perks and fare options.
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Norse Airways Premium Class
Norse Airways “Premium” class is equivalent to premium economy on other airlines. The front cabin of Norse’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft are arranged with 56 more-spacious recliner seats. Seats are installed in a 2-3-2 configuration—meaning there are two seats on either side of the aircraft with three seats in the middle.
Norse offers three types of Premium fares, each providing different inclusions. However, with all Premium fares, you’re guaranteed a more-spacious seat, a carry-on bag plus underseat bag, priority boarding and two meals.
Here are the three kinds of Premium fares:Premium Light—which includes an underseat bag, carry-on bag, two meal services, priority boarding, priority check-in and the ability to change your flight for a $200 fee.Premium Classic—with all of the perks of Premium Light, plus 1 standard checked bag (up to 50lbs) and the ability to change your flight for a reduced $100 fee.Premium Plus—with all of the perks of Premium Plus, plus free seat selection, a second standard checked bag, and the ability to make free changes to your flight or cancel and get a voucher.
Norse Airways Economy Class
Most passengers flying this low-cost airline are going to opt for the cheapest cabin: economy. As on almost all Boeing 787 Dreamliners, seats are arranged in a 3-3-3 seating configuration: three seats on both sides of the aisle and three seats in the middle.
For passengers sitting in this cabin, Norse offers three types of fares:Economy Light—which only lets you carry one small underseat bag onboard. Changes can be made to your ticket for a $200 fee.Economy Classic—includes an underseat bag, one carry-on bag, one standard checked bag (up to 50lbs), one meal and the ability to change your ticket with a $100 fee.Economy Plus—includes all perks of Economy Classic, plus seat selection, priority boarding and the ability to change or cancel your ticket with no fee.
Where Norse Airways Flies
Norse Airways is a point-to-point airline, meaning it provides very limited connection opportunities. And Norse isn’t partnering with other airlines to provide connections in the U.S. Or Europe. That means the usefulness of Norse is limited to those that live in one of the airports it serves — and who want to visit one of its destinations.
Here are the nonstop routes that Norse currently has for sale:New York (JFK) to Oslo (OSL): inaugural flight service launched June 14, 2022.Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Oslo (OSL): starting June 20, 2022.Orlando (MCO) to Oslo (OSL): starting July 5, 2022.Los Angeles (LAX) to Oslo (OSL): starting August 9, 2022.New York (JFK) to London Gatwick (LGW): starting August 12, 2022.Oslo (OSL) to London Gatwick (LGW): starting August 13, 2022.New York (JFK) to Berlin (BER): starting August 18, 2022.Los Angeles (LAX) to Berlin (BER): starting August 18, 2022.
The Numerous Fees of Flying Norse
Norse Airways is a low-cost airline. That means many of the aspects that travelers might expect to be included in any international airline ticket aren’t included in the cheapest fares — from carry-on bags to meals and drinks.
In short, the cheapest “Economy Light” fares only provide transportation for you and an underseat bag to your destination — plus free entertainment and power onboard. For everything else, you’ll either need to pay for a more-expensive fare option or pay a la carte. We reviewed the fare options above. Let’s now look at the costs to add-on bags and other fees on their own.
Norse Airways Bag Fees
All Norse passengers can bring one underseat bag, measuring no more than 17 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches. If you don’t pay for a fare that includes it, you’ll need to pay for all other types of bags — from $25 each way for a carry-on bag purchased during booking up to $90 for a standard checked bag during online check-in.