Low-cost, long-haul carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is operating a single Airbus A380 from Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly through Aug. 23 on its London Gatwick-New York JFK services to fill in for temporarily out-of-service Boeing 787s as they undergo Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine inspections.

A Norwegian spokesperson declined to give specific numbers of 787s undergoing inspections, but confirmed the A380 will be used on the New York route to “avoid cancellations of our flights to JFK.”

The A380 is a former Singapore Airlines aircraft equipped with 471 seats: 12 in first class, 60 in business and 399 in economy.

The spokesperson said because it is peak season on the New York route, Norwegian has been able to sell all A380 seats as flights are running on full capacity.

Rolls-Royce, which said Aug. 2 it had taken a £554 million ($729 million) hit over the Trent 1000 problems, is inspecting hundreds of engines.

ATW understands Norwegian has become the first LCC to operate the A380 on scheduled flights.

Hi Fly took delivery of the ex-Singapore Airlines aircraft in July.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at