It seems Norwegian Air Shuttle are increasing their capacity at Barcelona, with plans to switch out the Boeing 787-8 fleet with Boeing 787-9 aircraft
According to Routes Online, the capacity boost will take place at the beginning of the summer timetable, with the following routes switching to Boeing 787-9 aircraft
- Barcelona – Fort Lauderdale commences 22 March, twice a week
- Barcelona – Los Angeles commences 26th March, three times a week
- Barcelona – Newark (for New York), commences 23rd March, four times a week
- Barcelona – Oakland (for San Francisco and the Bay area) commences 25th March 2018, three times a week
Let’s look at the main difference – seat counts
Premium Economy Economy Class 787-8 32 (2-3-2) 259 (3-3-3) 787-9 32 (2-3-2) 309 (3-3-3) Difference 0 50
The net result is an uplift of 50 economy class seats each way – an extra 600 seats a week between Barcelona and its long haul destinations.
So why the extra uplift? Well, it should be pretty obvious, with Norwegian having to face off IAG on two fronts – Iberia from the top, and LEVEL from bottom.
This will be interesting depending how LEVEL chooses to respond in the medium term….
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