I had a week off work during August, and I decided if I found a cheap enough deal I would have a day off somewhere.
I hadn't flown Norwegian Air Shuttle before, so I thought I would enquire into their offerings.
I excluded Stockholm, seeing it as a bit to far for a day trip, and I did Gothenburg earlier that year so I wasn't interested in hurrying back just yet.
Copenhagen from London Gatwick showed up at £55 return without extras. Adding in the seat reservation took it to £75 return. Finding this a good deal- I went for it. Hook, Line & Sinker.
I arrived at London Gatwick around 5am that morning. I had just hand luggage and I had also checked in online, so this meant a beeline for security. That only took about 20 minutes, pretty normal and uneventful. Standard LGW experience so far in my book.
Heading for the WONDERTREE restaurant in the SOUTH TERMINAL, I enjoyed breakfast and the view of the Terminal stands, packed with easyJet & Norwegian aircraft ready for the days chores.
I couldn't help notice that the 6000th Boeing 737, EI-FHC, was parked up on one of the South Terminal stand. I thought it would be nice to get a ride on it.
We found out which gate we had to get to, so we left to find the gate. It was one of the gates along the South Terminal corridor that you see from the Wondertree.
I had previously departed these gates for my flights to Madeira (with Monarch Airlines) and Belfast (with Ryanair).
Getting upto the gate agents, I handed over my tickets and passport. Went through and had a peak at the Boeing 737 connected to our jetway…
IT WAS ONLY EI-FHC!!! 6000th BOEING 737 EVER BUILT!!!!!
So I went through the jetway, then noticed there were two ways to the aircraft. I saw some people go one way- I followed them.
Open boarding from the rear! I knew I had a Row 9 seat, but I couldn't say no to such an opportunity.
The old interior design was on this 2008 built 737, one of the older 737s in the Norwegian fleet at the time.
Some of the seating was worn out, but it was still comfortable and clean. Still quite nice.
The flight was not completely full, it was between 70% and 80% full with Passengers.
The taxi to the runway gave a good opportunity to get some interesting aircraft parked up around the Airport.
Our flight departed on-time and we had a nice clear ascent to our cruising altitude.
Unlike other L-C Airlines in Europe, Norwegian offers IFE from drop down TV Screens. The main show that caught my attention was TOM & JERRY.
19 years old, maybe a bit old for kids shows- but I can't beat a good classic like one of these.
I snacked on a TWIX and Cola drink for the flight. It came to £4 roughly.
Other than that, the rest of the flight was uneventful, coming into Copenhagen was very nice and clear. We arrived slightly ahead of schedule.
We parked up by a Thai Boeing 777, which was nice to see- as a LHR aviation enthusiast I see Airbus A380 on a regular basis…
After getting to CPH, we passed through passport control easily enough and spent a good two hours watching and photographing the going-ons at CPH, before going to the city and then back for our return to London Gatwick…
And with those images from CPH & the city and the HARD ROCK. I conclude this report. Next one will hopefully be up in early October at the latest.
London - LGW
Copenhagen - CPH
London Gatwick- Same as ever, didn't fail to impress. Always a pleasure.
Copenhagen- Pretty nice airport, great views from the air side bars and restaurants. Gates also pretty sweet view points.
Norwegian- Thrilled to have been on a milestone of an aircraft. Entertainment was brilliant. Was great value and equally great service. Fly them again? Hell yes!!!
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