HiFly is a charter airline that has a fleet of Airbus aircraft. HiFly’s planes have been leased out airlines that have been struggling due to the Rolls Royce 787 fan blade issue. Most recently the airline made headlines for taking over two of Singapore Airlines A380’s. The planes are still configured with the Singapore Airlines interior with 12 first class suites, 60 lie flat business class seats, and 399 economy class seats.
Yesterday Norwegian announced that they would be leasing one of HiFly’s A380’s which is set to fly from London (LGW) to New York (JFK). The plane is most likely set to operate the following schedule from August 3 to August 23
DI7015 London Gatwick to New York JFK departing 5:05PM arriving 8:05PM
DI7016 New York JFK to London Gatwick departing 11:00PM arriving 11:00AM (+1 day)
When Norwegian announced the lease of the A380 it wasn’t possible to book a flight on board this plane. All the inventory showed as sold out. It is now possible to book a seat on one of their A380 flights. You can now book a seat aboard one of the best business class products for only $614.90 in first/business class or an economy ticket from as low as $239.90
With the A380 taking over there is a HUGE upgrade in on-board product for premium cabin passengers and economy class passengers. All the premium cabin passengers will now get a lie flat seat vs the standard premium seat aboard the Norwegian 787. Unfortunately passengers will not be able to choose their seat. Norwegian has said that premium passengers will be randomly assigned a premium seat (either one of the 12 suites or a lie-flat business class seats). A Norwegian spokesperson also said that Premium passengers will not be able to buy up to suites. While first class suites aren’t guaranteed you have a 16.67% chance of getting seated in the first class cabin and a 100% chance of a lie flat seat.
In economy, passengers will see their seat pitch go from 31″ to 32″ and the seat width will increase from 17.2″ to 19″.
Will you book a flight on board the Norwegian Hi Fly A380?
Update: A facebook user is able to select First Class Suite 2F from a Amadeus GDS booking.
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