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How to: Navigate Norwegian Air’s fees to get exactly what you want

Norwegian Air’s strong reputation is due in part to the relatively comfortable accommodations it features on its sleek new planes, but its affordable airfares are equally as important in bolstering the airline’s status.  There are some downright incredible deals to be had!  That said, Norwegian shares a business model with an infamous counterpart in the United States:  Spirit.  The former has been praised as an innovative disruptor in the long haul transit market, whereas the latter is reviled for its many layers of (perceived) awfulness… even though they both run pretty similar operations.  Don’t be deceived by Norwegian’s cheery Scandinavian/Ikea-esque branding; crafty bargain hunters must pay careful attention when they’re booking flights.  Otherwise they risk getting trapped in a fee-laden hell all in the name of getting a “cheap” fare… and that’s definitely not higher flyer!

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Not-so-Norwegian Air

The introduction of new, remarkably fuel efficient planes like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 have led to two significant developments in the commercial airline industry:  the emergence of really, really long routes (think Singapore to “New York” nonstop) and the application of the low-cost-carrier business model to longhaul flying.  The former is useful and convenient for premium passengers especially, but the latter is special because it affords more people more opportunities to travel.  Norwegian Airlines is one of the most prominent operations to do this; it’s taken advantage of relatively lax EU laws and has set up shop all over Europe to offer cheap flights to the Americas and Asia.  Is it glamorous?  Far from it.  For the price though, Norwegian is comfortable enough and can certainly be considered “higher flyer” for its excellent value proposition.

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Look out below!

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F 5.6; 1/250; ISO 200; 135mm.

Shot in Kathmandu, Nepal at the Swayambhunath Stupa.

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Flying Cathay Pacific’s Business Class is Overrated

While I’m not saying that flying business class on Cathay Pacific is a bad thing — quite the opposite actually — the product has a world-class reputation that, at times, seems misplaced.  It has all the makings of a competitive international business class offering, sure, but then again, so does British Airways’s Club World.  Like its oneworld counterpart, Cathay is just fine, but it lacks a defining feature to give it any sort of advantage over its regional rivals.  Despite this, several reputable sources consider Cathay to be among the best in the world and a top higher flyer experience… which is a bit puzzling.

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A Sunset Getaway

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F 5.6; 1/250; ISO 100; 135mm.

Shot on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

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A Very Higher Flyer Scene

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F 1.8; 1/1263; ISO 20; 4mm.

Shot on an iPhone (which perhaps explains the explains the funky photo metadata) on board a Cathay Pacific flight, somewhere above Taiwan.

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Cruisin’ in to the Weekend

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F 5; 1/80; ISO 100; 36mm.

Shot on the north shore of Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Shui, Hong Kong.

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Sunset on Summer

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F 4.5; 1/60; ISO 400; 31mm.

Shot at Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington.

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Photo of the Week – July 26, 2019

F 6.3; 1/100; ISO 100; 49mm.

Shot in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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