Norwegian Air has announced its summer aircraft lease schedule. While the HiFly A380 doesn’t make an appearance, a number of other well-known planes are in the schedule. The aircraft will enter service with Norwegian from today.
Norwegian has been leasing a number of aircraft due to shortages in its fleet. While these shortages were originally due to grounded Boeing 787 aircraft, the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft has exacerbated the issue. As such, Norwegian has needed to lease three aircraft from different airlines.
What is wet leasing?
Leasing is when an airline hires an aircraft to supplement its operations. There are two types, of leasing, both wet and dry. When dry leasing an aircraft, the airline will operate the aircraft themselves. Effectively, they only pay for the aircraft with no added extras.
Wet leasing differs from dry leasing substantially. When wet leasing an aircraft, the leasing company is effectively operating the flight on behalf of the airline. This means that the airline pays a fee, and everything is handled on their behalf. As such, the wet lease includes fuel, cabin crew, and service.
Norwegian is leasing four aircraft from different operators for the Gatwick Airport summer season. According to Routes Online, this will consist of two Airbus A330s, an Airbus A340, and a Boeing 777:
- Firstly, an Airbus A330-200 will be leased from Wamos Air;
- Secondly, an Airbus A330-300 will be leased from Evelop Airlines;
- Thirdly, an Airbus A340-300 will be leased from HiFly;
- Finally, A Boeing 777-200 will be leased from Privilege Style.
Each of the aircraft will begin joining Norwegian’s operations this week. The first will commence today (29th May 2019), with the last joining the Gatwick fleet on Friday, May 3rd.
The Wamos Air A330 will be flying between London Gatwick and Denver. The three times per week service will commence on Tuesday, April 30th. It will also operate a three-time weekly service to Chicago commencing on May 1st.
The Evelop Airlines A330 will be flying to New York’s JFK six times a week from May 3rd.
The Privilege Style Boeing 777 will be flying Norwegian’s new Miami route six times a week from London Gatwick. This service will commence today.
Finally, the HiFly A340 will be operating between London Gatwick and Orlando, effective from today.
Wamos Air’s A330 has an older interior in its aircraft, however, the premium seats are roughly similar to Norwegian’s in terms of pitch and recline. While the aircraft has had some bad press, there are a surprising number of good reviews.
Again, like the Wamos A330, HiFly’s A340 has a fairly similar business class interior, however, the seats almost lie flat. The airline highlights its plastic free meal service. The HiFly Business class service will likely be much better than Norwegian’s offer. It seats 24 in business class according to HiFly.
Two of Evelop’s A330s are in an economy only configuration. The aircraft which do have business class again have angled seats. It is unclear which Norwegian is using.
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