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The Norwegian 787 Dreamtour – LGW-OSL-LGW  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 17621 times:

The Norwegian 787 Dreamtour – LGW-OSL-LGW



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Intro



Welcome to my latest report covering my recent flights on the brand new Norwegian 787 to Oslo!

I know, it’s been a while



So, since my last report at Easter, what have I been up to? Well, no reports from me normally means no interesting flying. Thankfully this wasn’t the case, and I’ve managed to rack up a fairly respectable 127,827 (205,717km) or so miles in the air since then. Where have I been? All over (I mean, 127K miles gets you around the world more than a few times). Who have I flown? Everyone from Ryanair up to the 5* Airlines. Why was I flying and not reporting like a good a.netter? Well, the majority of it was for a consulting company I’ve been moonlighting for, doing work not too dissimilar from writing this reports like this. As much as I’d like to tell you all about my experiences, I’m afraid I just have to leave you hanging.

Anyway, back to the present. I heard a few months back that DY were operating their new 787s on a few routes within Europe before putting them to work shuttling between Scandinavia and Bangkok/USA. I had a look, decided that I wasn’t interested, and forgot about it. A month or so later, I was informed that DY were extending their run between LGW and OSL for an extra few days. I logged on again out of curiosity than anything. As so often happens, few minutes later I was booked on a day trip to Oslo on the final day of the European proving runs (in fact, my OSL-LGW flight was the last proper non-longhual DY 787 out of Oslo). I was booked on the….

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The fare was a very reasonable £125 return. I’m surprised that when I checked the fare a day in advance that the highest fare they charge on the route is just £169 o/w…seems very cheap for their most expensive ticket given what SK/BA would charge.

You choose, free wifi on a B737 or the “Dreamliner Experience” (sans wifi, but with PTV and dimmable windows)

My flights for this report


LGW-OSL DY 1303
OSL-LGW DY 1310

My route, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this reports


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This isn’t the first DY 787 report – Photoshooter posted one recently:
Dreamliner Detour: Flying With The RedNose To BCN! (by photoshooter Jul 27 2013 in Trip Reports)

And CaptainRed posted his “nearly” 787 report:
Norwegian Inaugural Operated By HiFly: BKK-OSL (by CaptainRed Aug 14 2013 in Trip Reports)

There might have been more, sorry if I missed you!

When I booked (just 2 weeks before departure) the flight wasn’t looking too busy (according to the seat map). The premium cabin (with a more spacious 7 abreast rather than 9 abreast layout) was showing as all greyed out. I knew that on these Dreamtour legs that premium seats were available at no extra cost, so I assumed that earlier booking passengers had beaten me to it.

However, 2 days before departure, I checked to see if the flight was still busy or not. I was quite shocked to see that nearly all the window and aisle seats were gone. Argh! I don’t want to be stuck in the middle. Amazingly, the premium cabin was no longer all greyed out, and was, in contrast, showing plenty of seats. Thankfully it seemed no one else had noticed, and so I went ahead and reserved my seats up front. The seat reservation fee is only £6 per leg….great value to upgrade! If you don’t pay to reserve a seat, you’re left with the airport seating lottery.

So, onto the Report



As nearly always nowadays, I spent the night with my friend in Redhill. He’s recently moved and now has a great view with the approach into LGW in the background.
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A short train ride later, I’m in the South Terminal. DY have got themselves prime real-estate in front of the station exit – this used to be US Airways territory. There’s a long queue for the bag drop, but there are plenty of SSCI machines with only a short queue.
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DY don’t offer OLCI (which seems very odd seeing as they’re real innovators in many other respects), so getting a horrible thermo paper boarding pass is a necessity.

The queue at security wasn’t nearly as bad as it first looked (especially as this was peak summer holiday season, so the airport was packed with once-a-year flyers)…station to post-security in 9 minutes – pretty good! Whilst I’m not a fan of everything at the new LGW (they’re no longer a BAA airport), they do seem to have put in a lot of effort into their aim to eliminate queues.

So what don’t I like about the new LGW? Well, other than the stupid tagline (“Your London Airport”), and the fact that you often have to walk miles on arrival to get to baggage reclaim (especially in the North Terminal), there is a super-giant post-security shopping area. It’s massive, and like in many airports nowadays, constructed like Ikea, funnelling you in the slowest possible manner past things frequent flyers just don’t want to look at.

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It’s also very narrow given the footfall, so I can’t even zigzag through the crowd.

Once into the main departures hall (which is heaving), I head for the lounge. Like in the North Terminal, there is a choice of Aspire by Servisair, and No.1. I arrive at Aspire first – wow, it’s busy. I do two laps of the (cramped) lounge before I find a single chair next to the toilet (hmm, sounds like Livingstone!). I queue up at the buffet, and get a few breakfast items before they’re picked bare again (as soon as the caterers put food out, it’s gone). At least it all tastes good.

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My breakfast options…no G&T this morning

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I get bored quite quickly, so head over to No.1 to see what they have on offer.
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Again, it’s packed with holidaying families. I do a big lap before finding an empty seat upstairs. I trot downstairs to order my free hot snack (a choice of sausage or bacon sandwiches, or some egg dish), then spot an empty seat downstairs.

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Great views
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My sausage sandwich
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With 30 minutes to go before our STD, I head down through the shopping mall, and aim for the gate.

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FIDS on my way to the gate…a nice range of destinations
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Down to the end of the pier
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There’s a bit of a queue checking boarding passes – the system is, well, not running well. I don’t know what their issues are, but it takes them so long processing everyone that there’s no wait in the lounge, it’s straight onto the plane.
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Yes, it’s the right plane at the right gate! EI-LNA. My 3rd 787.
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August 2013
London Gatwick (LGW) – Oslo (OSL)
Norwegian DY 1303
Scheduled: 0940-1245 (2h05m)
Actual: 1002-1240 (1h38m)
Boeing 787 EI-LNA
Economy Service, Premium Seat


I’m greeted with a big smile at the door. The guy seems surprised that I’m sat in the front section (despite the flight being run as 1 class)….obviously I’m not turned out like whatever Norwegian FAs expect their premium pax to look like.

For a business class, the cabin looks a bit cramped, but for premium economy, it looks great. Of course, being brand new (and nearly empty) helps enormously. The mood lights are great too.
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The dimmer, something most of us are now familiar with
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Outside


The cockpit door is still open


Welcome on board
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BoB menu


The IFE controller is a bit awkwardly located on the inside of the arm rest…not terrible easy to access and manipulate, especially when the table is out.


Recline controls


“In a while you will feel fine”-bag


Safety card


Magazine – some reasonable content


A nice neighbour headed over the Pond
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There was quite an extensive video introducing the 787 and it’s feature – was quite interesting.
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Followed by the safety demo
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Push back 17 mins after our STD


Reasonable legroom
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A Nordic registered Thomas Cook
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Two airlines to try
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Despite only having flown a few legs, EI-LNA is already quite filthy in places


Off we go!
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London in the distance
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Up through the cloud
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Time to sit back and relax
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Time to check the map…
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Well, it’s quite a cool system, and you can manipulate the image like you do on a phone using 2 fingers. My main annoyance with it was that I couldn’t get the plane to get any smaller.
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Any good music? Some. Enough to get me to Oslo.
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There was an issue with my headphone socket, so had to use the neighbouring PTV. Only one album seemed affected though. Odd.
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There’s a good choice of TV programming, including movies and sitcoms.
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Cruising above the North Sea
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Time for some Family Guy?
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And then some Modern Family
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Progressing towards Norway
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I was impressed that even as a 1 class flight, they drew the curtains. In a way I’m surprised they didn’t proactively fill up the premium cabin – I mean it’s great PR and no extra cost.
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So, I’ve not mentioned the crew or service. Well, there was a pass of the trolley. I didn’t buy anything, and then the crew vanished. The end.

Clouds as we begin our approch
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The crew obviously decide to impress us with the mood lights – they are indeed nice.
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“Agh, it’s the attack of the massive planes!!”
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I couldn’t believe my luck as we passed right over Oslo city centre – super views.
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Welcome to Oslo, 5 minutes early
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Some non-EU folk
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Sonia had the pleasure of escorting us today
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En route to arrivals
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 17706 times:

Passing a massive poster of The Scream. Oslo is celebrating Munch’s 150th birthday…maybe something to do this afternoon?
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Time to hop onto an overpriced train into Oslo
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Probably not many of you have read my first ever report, although if you had, you’d be able to read about my last trip to Oslo back in 2006. It was a lot better weather that day. Today it wasn’t too warm, or too dry. I managed to avoid the worst of the rain whilst in the National Museum enjoying some of Munch’s finest.

Here a few other photos of lovely expensive Oslo
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Oslo also has tasty Max burgers


You can take a walk on the cool Opera House roof
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Nice ski jump
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Time to head back to the airport
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Check in was quick and easy, having already selected my seat at the front. The queue for seucity was longish, but moved fairly quickly, and I was soon airside.
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FIDS
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Airside
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Duty free seemed to have become quite a bit more expensive than when I was
last in Norway, so I skipped buying a bottle of Norwegian vodka, and headed through immigration.

EI-LNA was waiting patiently at the gate.
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Hi Sonia
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There was a Norwegian flight to New York boarding at the next gate. I wonder if any of them were angry that we got their plane, whilst they ended up on an old HiFly A340.

After a short wait, boarding started, this time with everyone going through door 1L.
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August 2013
Oslo (OSL) – London Gatwick (LGW)
Norwegian DY 1310
Scheduled: 1810-1930 (2h20m)
Actual: 1836-1921 (1h45m)
Boeing 787 EI-LNA
Economy Service, Premium Seat



It was interesting to hear the comments from other passengers as they passed through the cabin….”Ooooh, this looks amaaaaazing!”….hmm, just you wait to you see a real premium cabin!
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A little Sunair Dornier
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Some SK Maddogs waiting an uncertain future
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With a half hour delay, we’re off
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HiFly trailing us
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Unlike this morning’s flight, the premium cabin was much busier. There was quite a bit of swapping and moving of passengers, with a few folks being brought up from the back. the crew was also much more Asian, and less Norwegian than this morning. This flight (and the return to OSL) would be the final training flight before going live the next day to Bangkok.

One (major) annoyance of this flight, and something I was always worried about with the 787 “enhancements” was the crew control over the windows. Now, before I was worried that they would “shut” them all so I couldn’t see out. However, this flight the opposite occurred. As you can see, the sun was blazing away. This got quite uncomfortable quite quickly as it was right in my eye line. And those windows are big…it also got hot. For some reason, the crew had disabled all the windows, so they were stuck on “open”.

I had to flag down an FA after take off to get them to activate them. Much better, but something that shouldn’t happen. It’s not been an issue on any of my other 787 flights.

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Modern Family time?
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Map
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Hmm, where are we going?
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Ah, to that magical place of 0° 0°
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After the window issue at take off, I was quite shocked to see that with 30 minutes left to run (and well before descent and the pre-landing announcements), the crew decided to “open” all the windows on full again…..grrrr. What’s the point? If you can open them in 30 seconds at the touch of a button, why do it 30 minutes early. And of course, the whole point of these windows is that you can see out even when they’re closed. Very annoying. On my last flight with JL, a good 90% of the windows were shut for bother take off and landing.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/oslo/DSCF3345.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/oslo/DSCF3346.jpg

Some impressive rain bursts
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London shining in the distance
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Welcome back to London
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http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/oslo/DSCF3358.jpg

And some ominous clouds
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http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/oslo/DSCF3362.jpg

Here comes the rain
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Without much ado, we taxied, docked, and were off. Immigration was pretty quick, and I was soon on my way to the train.

So, what did I think?



Norwegian was pretty good. I’ve flown them just once before (NCE-LGW), and am still impressed. I don’t know how they can run such nice planes at such cheap fares. Nice staff too. It was also great to get the £6 upgrade. I don’t think I’ll be running to fly longhual with them anytime soon though. There’s just too much competition from “real” airlines with air miles and G&Ts for offer. Sorry DY! Still, I’m happy to fly with them again sometime soon shorthual.

As always, all comments and questions welcome, and thanks for reading about my latest trip!

Some of my other TRs:



East Meets West with Cityjet. Inaugural LCY-DRS, NUE-LCY
Auf Wiedersehen FTL! LH/LO/OS LHR-DUS-WAW-VIE-LHR
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 3: Etihad JNB-AUH-LHR
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 2. BA/Comair, JNB-HRE, LVI-JNB
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 1. EI & EY, BHX-DUB-MAN-AUH-JNB
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 3, BDS-LIN-LHR
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 2. MXP-NRT-FCO-BRI
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 1. LHR-FCO-GOA
Dubrovnik with British Airways. Club on the B734
Autumn Asia Part 10: Take me home Saudia! DEL-RUH-LHR B777
Autumn Asia Part 9: Air India 787. Calcutta - Delhi
Autumn Asia Part 8: United Airways DAC-ZYL, Jet Airways DAC-CCU
Autumn Asia Part 7: Going Beyond Expectations. MH KUL-DAC on the A330
Autumn Asia Part 6: Silk Air and Firefly around the Malay Peninsula. SIN-LGK-SZB
Autumn Asia Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777
Autumn Asia Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744
Autumn Asia Part 3: Around China with KN, MU & CN
Autumn Asia Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business
Autumn Asia Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT
Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 513 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 17375 times:

Hi Gab,

Nice report about the DY 787.
Looks great in the Y+ cabin, although i wouldnt probably be ready to pay what they charge for it on long haul flights.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Cheers,
Johannes


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 17326 times:

Hi Gabriel,

nice report, good to see something new from you. Somehow DY's Dreamliner cannot impress me. These premium seats seem to be fine, but the cabin looks dull. And the regular Y Class presented in other reports hasn't attracted me neither. I have no desire to fly DY on a long-haul route...well, there's still one reason - it would be a a new airline as Norwegian Long-Haul has an own AOC.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The crew obviously decide to impress us with the mood lights – they are indeed nice.

What's up with that disco show? Just demonstation, I guess.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I wonder if any of them were angry that we got their plane, whilst they ended up on an old HiFly A340.

Some individuals maybe, I guess most people have no idea about the type.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was interesting to hear the comments from other passengers as they passed through the cabin….”Ooooh, this looks amaaaaazing!”….hmm, just you wait to you see a real premium cabin!

Reminds me of my recent flight on OS - some people were quite impressed when passing through the new J Class.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

I had to flag down an FA after take off to get them to activate them. Much better, but something that shouldn’t happen. It’s not been an issue on any of my other 787 flights.

They should get rid of it again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I don’t know how they can run such nice planes at such cheap fares.

Would be interesting to know the percentage of such low fares.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 17102 times:

Hey Gabriel

Nice report on the 787, I like the narrative--LGW looks good aesthetically I see, but too much of a mall-type feeling. If all goes according to plan, my 400th flight will be out of LGW.

I guess DY looks quite decent indeed for a LCC, but not my first choice for a flight longer than 2-3 hours...

Too bad about the mediocre service (one drink run and that's it) though...

I miss the laid-back atmosphere in Norway myself... I like that country a lot.

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1142 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 17084 times:

HI Gabriel.

Thanks for the latest report, and proof that you haven't forgotten the forum. Where did you post it from? You're east no?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s also very narrow given the footfall, so I can’t even zigzag through the crowd.

Terrible, can't abide loiterers in walkways... if these is the main route into LGW it is a disgrace, given the track width is the same as GLA.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I find a single chair next to the toilet (hmm, sounds like Livingstone!).

Do you never miss a chance to plug your previous reports! I counted 3 in this report, see if you can't manage 5 in the next.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My breakfast options…no G&T this morning

Poor show. Morning, noon or night, it is always time for a G&T.

Norwegian is a strange airline, a confusing pitch for me. But the equipment looked great, still to encounter my first 787. Of more interest to me was LGW which I shall pass through in a week or so. Looks like it is sorta getting it's act together....

Rgds,

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 16954 times:

Hey Gabriel. No matter how many 787 reports we get here, they never get too old. I love reading about these bad boys.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Great views

Great views indeed. Such a variety of narrowbodies (in terms of different carriers) is something we never see in the US.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“In a while you will feel fine”-bag

Ah, Scandinavians and their sense of humor.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My main annoyance with it was that I couldn’t get the plane to get any smaller.

I hate moving maps like that. I also hate it when they zoom out (to the globe format) when the flight is just a few hundred miles long.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
EI-LNA was waiting patiently at the gate.

Such a beautiful aircraft in such a cheap and hideous livery

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For some reason, the crew had disabled all the windows, so they were stuck on “open”.

Wow, I didn't realize they could do that. Quite annoying in this particular instance, I agree.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hmm, where are we going?

lol.


Stojan



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User currently offlineNDiesel From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16629 times:

Thanks for a good report! I can't make up my mind whether or not I'd be comfortable flying the DY 787 on an 8+ hour flight - did you get any impression as to how Y class was like?


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 16533 times:

Thanks for all your replies! Keep them coming!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
Nice report about the DY 787.

Thanks

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
Looks great in the Y+ cabin, although i wouldnt probably be ready to pay what they charge for it on long haul flights.

No, me either

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):

nice report, good to see something new from you

Thanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Somehow DY's Dreamliner cannot impress me. These premium seats seem to be fine, but the cabin looks dull.

It's understated 
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
What's up with that disco show? Just demonstation, I guess.

Just the 787 being a 787!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Would be interesting to know the percentage of such low fares.

Whenever I log on, the fares all seem very reasonable

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):

Nice report on the 787, I like the narrative

Thanks!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Too bad about the mediocre service (one drink run and that's it) though...

Well, it is a loco, and I wasn't buying

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):

Thanks for the latest report

No probs

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Where did you post it from? You're east no?

Posted from Lake Toya, Hokkaido, Japan

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Terrible, can't abide loiterers in walkways... if these is the main route into LGW it is a disgrace, given the track width is the same as GLA.

Well, they weren't loitering, just doing what LGW wanted them to do...amble and browse

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Do you never miss a chance to plug your previous reports! I counted 3 in this report, see if you can't manage 5 in the next.

Ha, why not? Who am I to deny the wonders of reading to someone that enjoys my style  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Poor show. Morning, noon or night, it is always time for a G&T.

Hmmmm, I suppose so

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Norwegian is a strange airline, a confusing pitch for me. But the equipment looked great, still to encounter my first 787. Of more interest to me was LGW which I shall pass through in a week or so. Looks like it is sorta getting it's act together....

Your first time at LGW? And DY, is an interesting one

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Hey Gabriel. No matter how many 787 reports we get here, they never get too old. I love reading about these bad boys.

Glad you like reading about them!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Great views indeed. Such a variety of narrowbodies (in terms of different carriers) is something we never see in the US.

LGW is always nice for spotting lesser known airlines

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Such a beautiful aircraft in such a cheap and hideous livery

Yeah, the livery is a bit....dodge

Quoting NDiesel (Reply 7):
Thanks for a good report! I can't make up my mind whether or not I'd be comfortable flying the DY 787 on an 8+ hour flight - did you get any impression as to how Y class was like?

I didn't even see Y class, so couldn't say.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 16157 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Nice to see you post a report again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For a business class, the cabin looks a bit cramped, but for premium economy, it looks great.

For Business class, the seats looks very old fashioned; something like UA's old C-class seats launched in the late 1990s....For sure, that would not be comfortable on a long haul flight.

If it's premium economy, it's more acceptable but the legroom still looks bad.

Very good that you were able to reserve that section both ways, for sure worth it.

Very much looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently onlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 15842 times:

Hi Gabriel, good to read one of your reports again - as you said, it's been a while!

I still wish I'd been able to catch one of these flights, although I guess with Norwegian announcing quite a few more destinations I could head over to the US on one.

Interesting that they turned on the IFE on your flight - BA didn't bother on their Dreamliner flight from ARN the other week, so everybody was just sat staring at the BA logo for the 2.5 hours!

LGW looks like its changed a lot - even since Feb when I was last there.

I like how you managed to slip in a pic of Max burger - something that you manged to get me a little hooked on after my trip to CPH!

Funny how people were making comments about the Y+ cabin as they were heading towards the back - it amused me to hear similar things when I went to Germany on BA back in July - and there's even less difference there between Y and C!

Hopefully it won't be so long until your next report - seems like you've got a pretty good trip going on at the moment, so be great to read about that!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 15832 times:

Hi gabrielchew!

Good to see you on the writing side again and what better than this ncie story on the Norwegian flagship! A nice vessel, inside out, very stylish with the gray and red colours. But as already said by our colleague CaptainRed inhis HiFly report: I wouldn’t go out of my way to fly them longhaul. I doubt if this ‘LCC based longhaul flying’ will prove to be a succesful recipe...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As much as I’d like to tell you all about my experiences, I’m afraid I just have to leave you hanging.

I understand. Good for us as now we can enjoy your reports here once again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
You choose, free wifi on a B737 or the “Dreamliner Experience”

How clever to use a popup to notify you of the nice new equipment on your chosen day/time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
IMG]http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/oslo/map.gif[/IMG]

You clearly forgot a ’[‘ there   But anyway, I know where LGW and OSL are on the map lol!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There’s a long queue for the bag drop, but there are plenty of SSCI machines with only a short queue.

So strange to see they still don’t do OLCI. I believe you can check in by SMS though, not?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The dimmer, something most of us are now familiar with

Not me unfortunately 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The crew obviously decide to impress us with the mood lights – they are indeed nice.

Disco galore!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 15508 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Nice to see you post a report again.

Thanks again!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
For Business class, the seats looks very old fashioned; something like UA's old C-class seats launched in the late 1990s....For sure, that would not be comfortable on a long haul flight.

Well, I think it's positioned as Y+...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Very much looking forward to your next report !

Hmmm, it'll be out soonsish....

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
Hi Gabriel, good to read one of your reports again - as you said, it's been a while!

Thanks James

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
Interesting that they turned on the IFE on your flight - BA didn't bother on their Dreamliner flight from ARN the other week, so everybody was just sat staring at the BA logo for the 2.5 hours!

Shame they didn't turn it on - what have they got to loose?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
I like how you managed to slip in a pic of Max burger - something that you manged to get me a little hooked on after my trip to CPH!

Oh, Max is just so good!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
Hopefully it won't be so long until your next report - seems like you've got a pretty good trip going on at the moment, so be great to read about that!

Yes, on a cool trip at the moment. Not sure when I'll have time to write (unless the weather in Osaka is as awful as it's meant to be tomorrow)

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Good to see you on the writing side again and what better than this ncie story on the Norwegian flagship!

Thanks Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I doubt if this ‘LCC based longhaul flying’ will prove to be a succesful recipe...

No, i'm not a fan of LCC longhual

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
You clearly forgot a ’[‘ there But anyway, I know where LGW and OSL are on the map lol!

Yes, everyone knows where Oslo is!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
So strange to see they still don’t do OLCI. I believe you can check in by SMS though, not?

Not sure MS chceck in is available from LGW (and not sure many people would use it anyway)....why no OLCI DY?



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 15494 times:

Hello Gab.

Thanks for sharing your DY 787 experience.

The premiun cabin looks OK, I am not sure about the colours or the seat controls, I think they look a bit ¨medieval¨ but I guess they´ll do on the long flights to BKK and JFK.

I flew EI-LNA to BCN in early august and even then the cabin was a bit filthy, in my seatpocket there was still trash from the previous passengers, and the whole cabin in general had a cheap feel to it, the fittings, the curtains, the plastics on the bins, dunno, not what you would expect from a brand new airplane.

Maybe DY opted for the base model in the Dreamliner Catalogue  

Still, I enjoyed my ride on it, and even managed a flightdeck visit  

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
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Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 15304 times:

I understand your frustration with the FAs and disabling window control. Question: after they allowed you control when you were in direct sun, did you darken your window all the way, and if so what did the sun look like and was there still heat coming in?

User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1037 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 15114 times:

Hello Gabriel,

Good to read another report from you, and nice to read about your Dreamliner experience. A great way to try the 787, I was glad to fly them OSL-LGW on one the first runs. Same thing with the dimmable windows here... they already put them up with almost 40 minutes flying time including a few loops in a holding pattern before Gatwick.

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14435 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 13):
Thanks for sharing your DY 787 experience.

No problem!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 13):
I flew EI-LNA to BCN in early august and even then the cabin was a bit filthy, in my seatpocket there was still trash from the previous passengers, and the whole cabin in general had a cheap feel to it, the fittings, the curtains, the plastics on the bins, dunno, not what you would expect from a brand new airplane.

I guess they did go with the cheapo option (and the very cheap cleaning option!). Still, I thought the Y+ cabin was quite nice - good choice of colours.

Quoting duncan16 (Reply 14):
I understand your frustration with the FAs and disabling window control. Question: after they allowed you control when you were in direct sun, did you darken your window all the way, and if so what did the sun look like and was there still heat coming in?

It's a bit odd, there was no light coming in (i.e. you couldn't make a shadow), but you could still see the sun (no idea how that works). The heat wasn't coming in, but the window itself was pretty hot.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):

Good to read another report from you, and nice to read about your Dreamliner experience.

Thanks

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Same thing with the dimmable windows here... they already put them up with almost 40 minutes flying time including a few loops in a holding pattern before Gatwick.

Seems a very odd OP, especially when it only takes them a few seconds to turn them off/on...why do it so early?



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14075 times:

Hi, G.,

good to follow you´re 787 experience. Also nice pictures from upfront and the plane itself.
Well done and overall nice that you spend some time to do it just for fun and write it down.
More please, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13821 times:

Hi Gabriel  

Nice report and great pics. Glad you had a nice trip and Oslo looks lovely. The Prem Y looks ok also. I would pay the fee if I was doing longhaul with them but like you say other airlines that offer G&T and a superior product are the way to go  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13636 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

Great report you made here! Nice to see a report from you again.
Great idea to fly DYs 787 and an even greater idea to pay the 6 pounds for a premium seat. That cabin looks very dull though!
Nice pictures of Oslo as well, such a shame everything is so expensive in Norway!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite only having flown a few legs, EI-LNA is already quite filthy in places

Very poor, the cleaning team should do a better job! (And passengers not throw their rubbish everywhere of course!)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I couldn’t believe my luck as we passed right over Oslo city centre – super views.

Beautiful approach indeed!

Thanks for this nice report and looking forward to more  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 13564 times:

Thanks for sharing. The premium cabin seems very nice.
Regarding LGW, I found security there pretty well organized. The security hall is HUGE and seems very automatized (i.e. if they want to look into your luguage manually, they just scan a barcode on the bin and get the xray image on the screen etc). Other than that i found LGW South pretty unimpressing to be honest.
OSL airport looks really nice. Love the wood and the glass.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13265 times:

Hi Gabriel

Welcome back, great to read something from you again.
Nice to see you got the 787, one that is missing in my log, should do it sometime.
For Y-class the Prem Eco cabin looks good, however I would think twice about considering DY for a flight to the US. (with the exception of having the 787 off course)

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12870 times:

Thanks for all the comments!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):

good to follow you´re 787 experience

Thanks Makus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
More please, you know.

There's plenty more to come!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):

Nice report and great pics

Thanks Phil

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
The Prem Y looks ok also. I would pay the fee if I was doing longhaul with them but like you say other airlines that offer G&T and a superior product are the way to go

Yeah, it's comfy on a short hop and all, but WTP would probably trump it (well, on the newer planes anyway)

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 19):

Great report you made here!

Thanks Adam

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 19):
Nice to see a report from you again.

It's nice to be back!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 19):
Nice pictures of Oslo as well, such a shame everything is so expensive in Norway!

Indeed. They should run a country wide discount system every so often to encourage tourists!

Quoting reifel (Reply 20):
Thanks for sharing.

No problem

Quoting reifel (Reply 20):
Regarding LGW, I found security there pretty well organized.

Yeah, it's fairly well run

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Welcome back, great to read something from you again.

Thanks Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):

Nice to see you got the 787, one that is missing in my log, should do it sometime.
For Y-class the Prem Eco cabin looks good, however I would think twice about considering DY for a flight to the US. (with the exception of having the 787 off course)

Well, it'll be easy to log for a o/w trip over the pond...maybe a cheap EI fare on the way back?



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12627 times:

Hi Gabriel,

good to see another very interesting report from you. And of course especially interesting for me to read something more about the DY 787 and to see what I missed (thanks a lot for mentioning and linking to my report btw). Well done to get a seat in the premium cabin, seats and legroom seems quite decent, good enough for even a very long flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
DY don’t offer OLCI (which seems very odd seeing as they’re real innovators in many other respects), so getting a horrible thermo paper boarding pass is a necessity.

Yeah, that's indeed odd, I wondered as well on my flights with them. Online checkin should be standard these days.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The crew obviously decide to impress us with the mood lights – they are indeed nice.

Hmm, interesting for sure. It looks a little too colorful for my taste though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I wonder if any of them were angry that we got their plane, whilst they ended up on an old HiFly A340.

Well, I guess most of the passengers didn't even notice. And for the others (at least those who weren't lucky to be in the premium cabin) maybe they were glad to get on a plane with decent seatpitch.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There’s just too much competition from “real” airlines with air miles and G&Ts for offer.

Fully agree with you here.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12387 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

Nice to be reading on of your TR's again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
So what don’t I like about the new LGW? Well, other than the stupid tagline (“Your London Airport”), and the fact that you often have to walk miles on arrival to get to baggage reclaim (especially in the North Terminal)

- The North is a nightmare, the walk is VERY lengthy!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
there is a super-giant post-security shopping area. It’s massive, and like in many airports nowadays, constructed like Ikea, funnelling you in the slowest possible manner past things frequent flyers just don’t want to look at.

- Not been to the south terminal in years, not liking your comments.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I don’t think I’ll be running to fly longhual with them anytime soon though. There’s just too much competition from “real” airlines with air miles and G&Ts for offer.

- Agreed and this is where I think DY will have trouble, their fares are just not low enough from what I have seen to entice people away from the Gulf carriers in particular, and they will be gunning for DY.

Cheers

Mark



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25 FlyKev : Great report - DY look to have an ok product on their 787 but I have looked at their long haul prices and there is no way I would be able to consider
26 gabrielchew : Thanks! Yes, OLCI is the one thing they are really lacking I quite liked it! Thanks Mark Well, it's not so bad, just an awkward 50m shopping mall! Th
27 Post contains images eastafspot : Very nice TR Gabriel Good to see you are back here, seems you have many great reports yet to come! DY looks ok if the prices are low, Olso looks reall
28 Post contains images ronerone : Hi Gabriel, Great read on the DY 787 with some nice pictures! I suppose this was the calm before their Dreamliner nightmare storm The Premium seats se
29 Post contains images boeingdotcom : Hi Gabriel, Good read report thanks for sharing. Looking forward for a chance to ride on the 787 and DY's longhaul. Btw, do you have any sources of th
30 gabrielchew : Hi! Sorry for the very slow replies! Thanks Leonard Yup, nice city, but not cheap Ha, indeed Thanks Roni Yup Definately more a premium Y than cheap Bi
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