Low-cost airline Norwegian’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will fly into Gatwick for the first time later today where the aircraft will be used to serve the UK’s only direct low-cost flights to the US.
The larger Dreamliner will arrive at Gatwick for the first time on a flight from New York JFK.
Its first departure will be on the UK’s only direct flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Swedish actress Greta Garbo adorns the tail of the aircraft which has a seating capacity of 344 seats in two classes – 35 in Premium, 309 in Economy and will service routes from Gatwick including low-cost flights to New York, Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale.
The Boeing 787-9 will be the workhorse of Norwegian’s pioneering low-cost long-haul flights from Gatwick as the airline continues to expand in the UK.
The aircraft is 20 feet longer than the 787-8 Dreamliner that Norwegian already operates.
The 787-9 Dreamliner will fly more passengers and cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental performance using 20 per cent less fuel and emitting 20 per cent fewer emissions than other long-haul aircraft.
Norwegian has released a record number of seats for holiday-seeking Brits looking to jet away this summer to the US 425,000 seats are now available on Norwegian’s direct flights between the UK and US.
Norwegian chief executive Bjørn Kjos said: “The delivery of Norwegian’s first 787-9 marks our continued commitment to the company’s global expansion ensuring travellers across the world access to high quality flights at a low fare.
“The 787-9 will give Norwegian unrivalled operational advantages, large improvements in fuel efficiency and much lower costs.”
Norwegian currently has eight 787-8s in its fleet.
It has 30 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on order in addition to 100 Boeing 737 MAX, 100 Airbus A320neo and 34 Boeing 737-800s.
Norwegian has one of the most modern fleets in the world, and was voted the most environmentally transatlantic airline in 2015 by The International Council on Clean Transportation.