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What Is It Like to Fly Norse Atlantic Airways? Our Review

Norse flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Yes, those were the jet that initially had issues, like igniting batteries and fuel leaks, when they first hit the world’s runways in 2011. But in the many years since the Dreamliner’s debut, the kinks have been worked out, and today this aircraft has the same safety record as its competitors.

Dreamliners are currently in operation on Air Canada, Hawaiian Air, Air France, American Airlines, United Airlines, and some 70-plus other major carriers. Norse hasn’t diverged from these other airlines in terms of seat configurations or other aspects of plane design, so the physical sensation of flying Norse is pretty much the same as it would be on the others. As importantly, the 787 Dreamliner is a greener aircraft than earlier rival models. (Since the Dreamliner is lighter, 20% less fuel is used, and it flies with a more efficient engine type).

Leg room on Norse is a lousy 32 inches (see below, and keep in mind that I’m only 5’3″), but that’s no less than in the economy cabins of the airlines mentioned above. The seats, too, are the same size, at roughly 17 inches across. The plane is configured into rows of three on each side, plus four seats across in the middle and two aisles.

Norse’s planes also have the same types of pressurization, LED lighting, and window sizes, meaning most people can’t tell, once they’re aboard, that they’re not flying one of the so-called legacy carriers. Each seat has both a power outlet, a USB port, and a seatback screen (if you don’t bring your own headphones, though, they’ll charge you to purchase a set). Wi-fi is not available for purchase, but that’s often the case on many other transatlantic flight, too.