How to Book a Private First Class Suite on a Budget Airline Right Now (Video)
Travelers taking a flight with budget carrier Norwegian Air will have the opportunity to get a major upgrade when booking premium seats this month.
A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to The Points Guy that Norwegian is currently leasing a Hi Fly A380 aircraft that will operate between New York City and London in both directions from Aug. 3–23.
The double-decker aircraft, first flown by Singapore Airlines, is the largest commercial aircraft in the skies and is made up of 12 first class seats, 60 lie-flat seats, and 399 economy class seats.
Hi Fly, a Portuguese charter airline, acquired the airline's former aircraft earlier this year, according to Reuters.
The lease of the aircraft means that passengers who happen to book premium seats — which also includes complimentary drinks, food, two free checked bags, and lounge access at select airports — on the New York City-London route can get randomly assigned to one of the upgraded suites. Prices for premium cabin seats are currently starting at slightly over $600.
When booking flights on the airline’s website, a note saying “Operated by hi-Fly” is a hint that you’re booked on board the special aircraft.
The airline is employing the aircraft as it works on engine problems related to its 787 Dreamliner fleet.