With headline fares from just £150 each way, Norwegian’s new flights from Gatwick to Singapore promise to make south-east Asia more affordable than ever. But is travelling 6,764 miles, for 12 hours and 45 minutes, on what claims to be the world’s longest budget flight, with luxuries such as food and checked luggage costing extra, actually a pleasurable experience? Thanks largely to Norwegian’s new fleet of hi-tech 787-9 Dreamliners, yes it is.
I flew on the airline’s inaugural flight from London to the
city state yesterday. The legroom in economy class (31 inches, with a
precise 17.11 inches seat width) will leave taller travellers feeling a
little cramped, and paying for snacks and drinks is always a drawback,
but the service still offers very good value for money.