6 AUGUST 2018
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An Airbus A380 “super-jumbo” began operating the prime Norwegian Air London – New York route on Friday for a limited period to cover a shortage of capacity by the airline blamed on engine problems with its Boeing B787 Dreamliners.
The A380 has been chartered by Norwegian for one of its two daily Gatwick – New York JFK services and will operate until 23 August. The aircraft belongs to Portuguese charter carrier Hi Fly and was formerly leased by Singapore Airlines.
A Norwegian official told the Independent newspaper in London: “We have hired a Hi Fly A380 to operate our evening London – New York service for several weeks in August.
“This is because continued issues with a specific Rolls-Royce engine type affecting our 787 Dreamliner fleet has reduced our aircraft availability. This is in line with other airlines that have been affected by similar problems.”
The A380, which has been re-painted by Hi Fly to promote a campaign to save coral reefs, offers 12 “suites” in First Class, 60 seats in Business Class and 399 in Economy.
According to Independent travel correspondent Simon Calder, passengers who have booked Norwegian’s Premium Economy are expected to be offered seats in the A380’s Business Class cabin instead.
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John Jones, Reigate
Would be more fun in all economy 853Y