Norwegian Airlines Sets a New Transatlantic Speed Record

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Any #Avgeeks reading this post might have noticed that InsideFlyer UK partner Norwegian Airlines made the news recently, as one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners set a new speed record for crossing the Atlantic from New York to London in a mere 5 hours and 13 minutes.

I have never flown on Norwegian and even though 5h 13m sounds great, that is still about 4 hours longer than I would normally want to spend on a low cost carrier. But then I noticed this tiny detail in the news report:

It left New York at 11.44am local time and arrived in London at 9.57pm GMT.

Err.. what? I made a quick check of Norwegian’s flight schedules and indeed they offer a rather unique scheduling option for flying transatlantic.

A 6 a.m. flight from Gatwick would arrive into New York just after 9 a.m., giving you plenty of time to enjoy a full day in New York. If you fancied a Bank Holiday weekend getaway to New York, I can hardly imagine a better flight to kick things off, having spent some Hilton Honors points to stay the night before at one of the in-terminal options at Gatwick…

And for the return… it certainly wouldn’t be ideal for a weekend getaway, but many people prefer a daytime flight when returning to Europe. You aren’t going to get much sleep on a 5-6 hour flight overnight from the east coast, so you end up struggling to stay awake through your entire first day back in Blighty.  Instead of fighting jetlag, you have the option of flying during the day and going to bed at 3-4 a.m. UK time when your body clock finally decides it’s time for some rest. Wake up at 9 a.m. the next morning and you’ve already reset your body clock – that’s my experience anyhow…

Most of the time we write about Norwegian’s great fares, but it’s worth keeping in mind that sometimes Norwegian offer a great schedule! Keep that in mind the next time you are contemplating following Joe’s advice and booking one-way fares, perhaps using your miles to fly one-way in First or Business Class…


What about you? Have you come across any particularly appealing Norwegian flights, simply based on their schedule?


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