Bumping up from economy to business class on a flight can cost thousands of pounds but low-cost carrier Norwegian Air promises it can offer a little bit of luxury for a snip of the price with its premium service.
I compared the airline’s upgraded offering with its standard seating on a return lap from London to New York on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner recently.
A return flight in economy averages around £275 while premium comes in at £845. So just what do you get for your extra £550 or so?
To find out I first had to get the economy leg out of the way, which began at 5.05pm one Saturday night in Gatwick and ended eight hours later at JFK International Airport.
I swiftly settled into my seat, which pleasingly had little supportive wings, which aided comfort, but the pitch is only 30 to 31 inches, which is a bit on the cramped side, but I’m fairly small, so I didn’t mind.
However, I was made to feel a little claustrophobic by a couple sitting next to me, as they incessantly argued and then proceeded to get very drunk.
I was pretty surprised to find that they were newly-engaged (something which helped them snag a free bottle of cava from the delightfully jolly flight attendant) – so I guess all is fair in love and war.
Other plus points? The meal I’d pre-ordered for an extra £25 (this includes a main meal, snack bag, a glass of wine or beer and a hot beverage) was delicious and there was a nice concise movie selection that didn’t require an hour of decision-making.