Norwegian Air Shuttle is the first low-cost carrier to order the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The carrier has sold transatlantic flights from New York to Scandinavia for less than $300, and the fuel-efficient 787 can help deliver cost savings. "The Dreamliner is the first airplane that can do it," said CEO Bjørn Kjos.
Overhead bin space is not guaranteed with the price of a ticket; when there is no space left, fliers have to check their luggage at the gate -- sans a fee. Now airlines are capitalizing on passengers' willingness to pay for carry-on bags and charging for them. Last year, U.S. carriers made about $3.5 billion in fees for checked bags.
Airline food got its start in 1919 on a Handley-Page flight from London to Paris. In 1969, food became cuisine when British Airways and Air France began serving champagne, black truffle and caviar. Now flights are offering meals mostly in premium classes.