Norwegian Will Fly From London To Buenos Aires In 2018

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Norwegian appears the to be a low-cost carrier that enjoys taking the battle to the legacy airlines….and doing very well out of it. The airline uses a very new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet on its longhaul international routes and it’s using the aircraft’s range and efficiency to make inroads where no other low-cost carrier has made inroads before.

Norwegian already operate routes to nine different US cities from Gatwick and has recently announced flights to Singapore too….but now it’s going further still.

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From 14 February 2018 Norwegian will fly its 787-9 Dreamliners between London Gatwick and Buenos Aires on a 4x weekly schedule:

DI7505 LGW 08:15 – 19:00 EZE (Mon & Fri)
DI7505 LGW 21:30 – 08:15+1 day EZE (Wed & Sat)

DI7506 EZE 13:00 – 05:00+1 day LGW 789 (Thur & Sun)
DI7506 EZE 21:00 – 13:00+1 day LGW 789 (Mon & Fri)

Can Norwegian Take The Battle To British Airways?

British Airways currently has a monopoly on non-stop flights between London and Buenos Aires so it will be interesting to see what effect (if any) Norwegian’s entry into the market will have on pricing.

Norwegian’s press release mentions one-way Economy Class fares from £299 and one-way Premium Cabin fares from £699 and, as Norwegian is already selling tickets on this route, those prices can be checked.

This is the outbound (LGW – EZE) pricing for February to June (the only currently available months):

And this is the pricing for the same months for inbound travel (EZE – LGW):

No spin here from Norwegian…if anything there’s a slight understatement.

The cheapest outbound fare I can see is for £299.90 while the cheapest inbound flight is coming up at £283.80 giving a total trip price of £583.70.

But that’s without any add-ons like seat selection, meals or checked baggage.

Norwegian will sell you a package that includes a seat reservation, a checked bag and meal for £50 each way….

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…..or passengers can choose to just pay for what they really want at the following one way prices:

  • Seat reservation – £25
  • Checked Bag – £25
  • Meals – £25

This all means that Norwegian is offering roundtrip fares between Gatwick and Buenos Aires starting at between £583.70 and £683.70 and with the higher price you are essentially getting the same as you would with British Airways (if you had status that allowed you to select seats on BA).

So how does BA compare in the same months?

Per ITA Matrix these are the best roundtrip fares that British Airways is offering in the same months (Matrix won’t allow me to search for June yet)…..

….and British Airways’ “low fare finder” tool would appear to agree:

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The best roundtrip British Airways fare between London and Buenos Aires (February – May 2018) is £944.

That’s approximately £260 (or 38%) more than the Norwegian fare that gives you almost exactly the same as the British Airways fare and approximately £360 (62%) more than the cheapest fare Norwegian offers.

Hmmmm…..I wonder howe long BA’s fares will be that high?

This is going to be a fun route to watch 🙂


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