Those are very good prices!!!, just checked out the LGW-MCO flights for August (which is the silly season) and if you don't mind a stopover in Oslo each way someone's is going to get a bargain
will be interesting to see if it pushes down other carriers' prices a la Laker all those years ago...
What happened to Laker? The competition drove prices ridiculously low deliberately losing money to force Laker to drop their fares to a level that were unsustainable.
poo. not starting til next july. i need to go in june....
Happily they have tightened up the regulations on predatory pricing on airfares, if my memory serves me correctly the airlines involved in the conspiracy to put Laker out of business settled a massive amount of money for the time (out of court) to Laker creditors and Sir Freddie personally
London Gatwick-JFK/FLL transatlantic routes starting summer '14:
Hopefully they fix 787 issues by then!
When Norwegian launched their routes from Oslo and Stockholm to Bangkok they also were advertising prices much lower than the airlines already offering comparable flights. However, people found out that these very cheap prices did not apply to all seats and that the availability was actually pretty limited. If another flight was needed to be able to access the departures from Oslo and Stockholm, many people found out that the price was only little cheaper than with an airline already operating non-stop flights from their home city. The same already was already the case with existing airlines that offered connections with layovers.
Another observation was that the cheapest seats tend to sell out even almost one year in advance. There is nothing surprising about this, since Norwegian is a business and not a charity committed to provide a cheap ticket to everybody traveling in their planes. However, you can still find quite good prices only few months before departure as long your dates are flexible.
The competition from Norwegian seems to have resulted in better deals being offered by Finnair on their non-stop Helsinki-Bangkok route. Many Finnish people like to spend the whole winter in Thailand and the tickets with the return six months or more in the future used to be quite expensive. Now the prices have fallen to be more in line with tickets returning within a few weeks. A possible explanation is that people needing lengthy stays started piecing the ticket together using Norwegian one-way tickets. There also seem to be more frequently special deals that offer a cheap price combined with a quite small amount of frequent flyer points. This can be interpreted as an attempt to preserve the loyalty of leisure travelers who won't ever accumulate the tens of thousands of points needed for an award flight to Bangkok.
No doubt you can fly very cheaply also on these new routes, but you need to buy the tickets early enough and be flexible with your dates which was the way to get good deals already before. The advertised £149 price also does not include checked baggage nor inflight meal and drink service, so price comparisons need to account for those, too, if you cannot manage without them. As far as I know, Norwegian allow you to bring your own snacks, though.Edited: 9:02 pm, October 17, 2013
Today's newspapers say the services to US will operate from London Gatwick.
Yeah, I thought that they were non stop flights from Gatwick, not via Oslo?
The LGW-FLL service is non stop