If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience flying on Norwegian Airlines yet, you will soon. This fast-growing low cost airline has taken the industry by storm and has forced all the big carriers flying transatlantic routes to rethink the pricing and services that they’ve been offering consumers. Norwegian has more than 50 transatlantic routes and counting between the U.S. and Europe, and the company is adding exciting new routes continually.
The beauty of Norwegian Airlines is that, although it’s budget in terms of the price point, the standards are still high. Their transatlantic fleet relies on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a state-of-the-art aircraft with a light and bright cabin thanks to bigger windows and ultra-cool LED lighting. This revolutionary aircraft is fuel-efficient and more environmentally friendly with reduced emissions, and subsequent fuel savings enable the reduced airfare.
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The Dreamliner is quieter and faster than other aircraft models; Norwegian states that passengers traveling from the U.S. to Europe will have 20 to 30 minutes less flying time. And when Norwegian says reasonable, they mean it … There are July flights to Copenhagen from Oakland starting at $199 each way. For families needing to buy four or more tickets, this may mean the difference between going and not going to Europe at all.
Families who want more pampering can opt for the Premium Cabin with larger seats and complimentary food, including a three-course-meal, and drinks. It’s more like Business Class than traditional Premium Economy seats, but priced on par with Premium Economy seats on other carriers.
New routes for those on the West Coast of the U.S. include Oakland direct to Barcelona, Copenhagen, and Rome. Spain is a longtime family vacation favorite for Ciao Bambino clients, and Denmark is an up-and-coming hot spot as a biking and foodie paradise with an exciting modern vibe. We’re seeing more families fly into Scandinavia for the chance to experience something new and then flying into other parts of southern Europe like Italy or France for the balance of the trip. And of course, Rome is a perennial Ciao Bambino favorite so we are particularly excited about the addition of that route.
Norwegian has won awards from Skytrax for the Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline. Norwegian’s affordable pricing makes it compelling even to go to Europe from the West Coast for a week or less. A four-day weekend in Barcelona, London or Copenhagen? Sign me up!
Editor’s Note: Photos provided by Norwegian Airlines.
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