Norwegian Air Dreamliner Review
Norwegian Air 787 Review: London to Singapore
Our full time travelling family flew from London to Singapore with Norwegian Air at the start of our open-ended trip through Bali, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Our flight with Norwegian Air from London Gatwick to Singapore was a sweat-inducing 13 hours long, and it was the first time we’d flown with Norwegian Air UK, the low cost Norwegian airline.
We also flew with Norwegian Air from Singapore to London at the end of our trip. Before you read our Norwegian Air review including Norwegian Air safety and comfort, you may like to check out our top 10 travel toys for toddlers or our essential packing list for family adventure travel (open and read in a new tab after!)
Norwegian Air Long Haul Review: Pre-airport Services
We paid £175 per person for a LowFare ticket with Norwegian Air UK; with SkyScanner you can often get tickets from London to Singapore with Norwegian airlines for under £200. Flying with the low cost Norwegian airline meant more money for tours when we got to Asia!
The Norwegian Air UK App
Norwegian airlines have their own app that saves all your bookings and lets you do Norwegian airlines online check in before you get to the airport. We didn’t bother and half expected a queue at the airport, but there wasn’t even a line and we checked in and dropped our baggage in no time. Perfecto.
Norwegian Air UK Seating Costs
Apart from LowFare tickets, seating reservation is included in all Norwegian airline tickets.
We got seated together despite not paying extra with LowFare tickets but if you want to be sure your party is sat together, pay the extra.
If you pay to select your seating before you arrive at the airport (up to 6 hours before your flight) for all flights except International long-haul it costs between 9 and 19 Euro per leg of the flight, per person, depending on which flight you are on. For International long haul it costs 35 Euro per leg of the flight, per person.
If you wait until the airport to reserve seats it costs 30 Euro per person, per leg of the flight for short haul. Extra costs are incurred for the first five rows and seats with extra legroom.
Baggage Costs on Norwegian Air UK
Hand luggage: Each passenger can take a piece of hand luggage sized 55 x 40 x 23cm and a personal item such as a laptop with a combined weight of 10kg for LowFare, LowFare+ and Norwegian Air Premium tickets or 15kg for Flex and Premium Flex tickets. The exception is flights to Dubai where the combined weight must be no more than 8kg in total for all ticket types due to weight restrictions on the plane. Babies under 2 who do not have their own ticket don’t get a luggage allowance but you can bring a reasonable amount of baby food and formula for the flight.
Checked baggage: On all flights the free checked baggage allowance is 20kg per person for LowFare+ passengers and 2 x 20kg per person for Flex, Norwegian Air Premium and PremiumFlex passengers. Those flying LowFare do not have a checked baggage allowance.
Children under 2 years for whom you haven’t booked a separate seat, get 5kg allowance that can be packed in your bag, with suitcases weighing not more than 32kg in total. Excess baggage costs £9 per kilo per leg of the flight, but you can save up to 50% by pre-booking excess baggage online up to 6 hours before departure.
Car seats and strollers: Each child from birth up to 11 years can bring one car seat and one stroller, to be put in with the checked baggage. Check out our guide on the best travel strollers for 2019 – they can really make or break a trip with kids!
All of the Norwegian airlines staff we met were efficient, helpful and friendly. The check in lady chatted to Eira about her birthday and the air stewards fetched us several glasses of tap water without batting an eyelid.
Norwegian Air Dreamliner Review: On Board The Dreamliner 787
The Dreamliner 787 plane
This is a Norwegian air long haul review as we were in the skies for 13 hours, flying on the Dreamliner 787. It’s a big hefty thing, with three rows of three seats across. The leg room was immense, around double what we have come to expect with EasyJet and similar airlines. We found the seats perfectly comfortable and the kids slept well in them; obviously this is subjective but we were very happy, the seats are much better quality than any other low cost airline we have flown with.
Free Wifi is available on board most flights in Europe and on all flights between the US and the Caribbean.
There are bassinets available on Norwegian Air flights to and from the US, Thailand, Argentina and Singapore. If you need one for your baby call the Contact centre on 0330 828 0854 at least 48 hours before your flight.
Each seat on the Norwegian Air Dreamliner 787 had a private tv with a selection of movies, tv shows and games. It also had an interactive map so you could see how long you had to go on the journey. It had loads of toilets, 9 on our plane, which meant there weren’t queues (a lifesaver when traveling with kids!)
Unfortunately on our journey the kids’ movies and tv shows hadn’t been programmed properly so there were no kids’ tv options- not great on a 13 hour flight. In fact it’s pretty darn shoddy- that could have been a make or break for some people. We were lucky that we had taken iPads and our favourite mess-free travel toys but for people who had relied on having in flight entertainment, that could have been a real journey killer. This Norwegian air long haul review would have been better had that worked, but perhaps it was teething problems from a fairly new airline.
The 787 Dreamliner had a nice atmospheric feature with the windows- instead of shutters to block out the sun, they have a varifocal effect and the glass goes dark at night.
Food isn’t included in standard ticket prices but that is to be expected, it’s a low cost Norwegian airline and not many of the budget airways offer free food any more. You have the option of pre booking hot meals or buying snacks on board. For £25 you get two hot meals and a sandwich, which seemed pretty reasonable, but we’re tight so we didn’t get it on the outbound flight (it would have worked out at £150 for all six of us!).
However, Mum recently flew from Singapore to London with Norwegian Air at the end of our time in Bali, and pre-ordered the vegetarian hot meal service. She said Norwegian Air has the worst airline food she has ever had! Her vegetarian meal was bland vegetables and rice- no attempt at any tofu or tempeh or other protein, and a tasteless blancmange jelly for dessert. Disappointing!
Something we really liked about the food-ordering service was the different way in which we paid. Usually on flights you have to wait until the hosts come along with a trolley, or push a button and wait for someone to come with a card machine each time you want to order.
On the Dreamliner 787 you swipe your credit or debit card on the screen in front of you, use the touch-screen to select your refreshments, and wait for them to arrive. No faffing around with card machines, and the screen stores your details so you only swipe the card at the start of each flight and then order as much as you like throughout. (When flying with kids be careful they don’t start hitting the buttons and ordering 60 tubs of Pringles; it’s best to order all their food via your own screen!)
Overall efficiency of Norwegian Air
Everything ran on time, there were no queues for check in or boarding, and our baggage was on the conveyor belt as soon as we got there. 10/10 for efficiency!
Norwegian Air Dreamliner review: Would We Recommend The Dreamliner 787?
The summary of our Norwegian Air long haul review is that we would certainly fly with them again. If you’re planning on taking a trip soon we would definitely recommend checking out the low cost Norwegian airline with SkyScanner for the best prices. We are not working with the airline, we just really liked the service and will certainly be looking out for flights with them in the future.
Our Travel Guides & Recommended Resources
For our top 10 toddler travel toys for airplanes, road trips and hotels, click here (and for travel strollers for 2019 check this out!) We also love these free travel journal printables for children from our friends at Trip Chiefs.
If you are travelling to Bali you can find a great selection of our tips and guides here.
If you are travelling to Thailand, check out our Thailand travel section.
All of our Sri Lanka posts are here for island-bound travellers.
If you are flying to London with Norwegian Airlines, check out the best deals on accommodation here and pick up the fab Lonely Planet guides to the city and the UK here:
If you are heading to Asia with Norwegian Air check out our packing guide for Thailand and other Asian countries including eco-friendly travel items such as reusable straws.