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Level
Level.svg
Product typeTravel
OwnerInternational Airlines Group
Introduced2017
Websiteflylevel.com

Level is an airline brand of the International Airlines Group (IAG).

While Level is expected to become an independent subsidiary airline of IAG with its own operator certificate, most likely based in Spain,[1] long-haul flights for the brand are currently operated by Iberia from Barcelona[2] and OpenSkies from Paris, while short-haul flights from Vienna are operated by Anisec Luftfahrt. Level was marketed initially as a low-cost, long-haul carrier, and began transatlantic services from Barcelona–El Prat Airport in June 2017.[3] In July 2018, Level expanded with long-haul services from Paris Orly Airport which eventually took over the operation of IAG affiliate OpenSkies,[4] and began its first short-haul services from Vienna International Airport.

History[edit]

Initial launch[edit]

Level was established by IAG in response to increased competition in the low-cost long-haul market, including Norwegian Long Haul. On 15 March 2017, IAG CEO Willie Walsh announced the new brand, together with four destinations from Barcelona–El Prat Airport beginning in June 2017. A one-year contract is in place for Iberia to operate Level flights under its IB flight code and provide the necessary personnel.

Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG, stated the corporation due to take over operation of the brand would Level sold 52,000 seats within two days of being established, and over 147,000 after little more than 1.5 months, far exceeding IAG's expectations.[5] Rome, Paris and Milan were mentioned as possible locations for future expansion of the airline in Europe, together with additional routes out of Barcelona.[6]

Long-haul expansion[edit]

In line with the expressed intent to continue with future expansion by adding routes from other European cities,[7] Level announced four new routes from Paris Orly Airport to start from July 2018 and one from Barcelona on 28 November 2017.[4] Flights from Paris Orly were to be operated under OpenSkies' air operator's certificate (AOC)[8] and staffed by OpenSkies crew. After the retirement of OpenSkies following the 2018 summer season, the Paris Orly flights are operated by Level.[9]

Short-haul expansion[edit]

On 29 June 2018, IAG announced the launch of a new low-cost Austrian subsidiary, Anisec Luftfahrt, to operate flights from Vienna International Airport, branded as Level, starting from 17 July 2018. The new subsidiary bears its own Austrian AOC and bases four Airbus A321 aircraft previously used by Air Berlin and Niki in Vienna, from which it plans to serve 14 European destinations on behalf of Level by the end of August 2018.[10]

Destinations[edit]

In 2017, Iberia launched flights branded as Level to four initial destinations in North America and South America from its Barcelona base. These were Oakland, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana.[11] In July 2018, Level began flights from Barcelona to Boston, and from its new base at Paris Orly to Montreal and Point-à-Pitre. Additional flights from its Paris Orly base to Fort-de-France and Newark were announced to begin from September 2018. The airline brand also launched its first short-haul base at Vienna from July 2018.[10]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
 Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
 Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport Base
 Canada Montréal Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Seasonal
 Chile Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Begins 31 March 2019 [12]
 Croatia Dubrovnik Dubrovnik Airport Seasonal
 Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport Seasonal
 France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
 France Paris Orly Airport Base
 Guadeloupe Pointe-à-Pitre Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport
 Italy Milan Milan–Malpensa Airport Ends 6 January 2019 [13]
 Italy Olbia Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport Seasonal
 Italy Venice Venice Marco Polo Airport
 Martinique Fort-de-France Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport
 Portugal Porto Porto Airport Begins 1 April 2019 [14]
 Spain Alicante Alicante–Elche Airport
 Spain Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport Base
 Spain Bilbao Bilbao Airport
 Spain Ibiza Ibiza Airport Seasonal
 Spain Málaga Málaga Airport
 Spain Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
 Spain Seville Seville Airport Begins 31 March 2019 [14]
 Spain Valencia Valencia Airport
 United Kingdom London London Gatwick International Airport
 United States Boston Logan International Airport
 United States Newark Newark Liberty International Airport
 United States New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport Begins 27 July 2019 [12]
 United States San Francisco San Francisco International Airport

Codeshare agreements[edit]

As of July 2018, the airlines operating for level have codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet[edit]

An Iberia Airbus A330 branded as Level at Barcelona Airport.

As of August 2018, the combined Level branded fleet consists of the following aircraft:[15][16]

Level Fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Passengers Notes
W Y Total
Airbus A321-200 4 3 210 210[17] operated by Anisec Luftfahrt
Airbus A330-200 3 2[18] 21 293 314 operated by Iberia; deliveries until 2019[18]
2 operated by OpenSkies
Total 9 5

The airlines operating for the brand have plans to expand from three A330-200s in 2017 to at least 15 aircraft by 2022, with the possibility of continuing to acquire Airbus A330s, or perhaps moving to Boeing 787s.[19]

Services[edit]

Frequent-flyer programme[edit]

In common with all IAG subsidiary airlines, Level's frequent-flyer programme is Avios. Passengers may thus earn and redeem Avios points on Level in addition to Iberia, British Airways, Vueling, Aer Lingus and Flybe. Avios points may also be used for travel on airlines in the Oneworld alliance.

Cabins and service[edit]

Economy[edit]

The Economy cabin of Level's A330 aircraft feature 293 seats in a 2-4-2 layout. The Economy cabin of Level's A321 aircraft feature 210 seats in a 3-3 layout. Seats on the A330 are equipped with a 9" seat-back TV screen, featuring a selection of films and TV shows free of charge through 2018, but will be an additional fee in 2019. In-flight WiFi, in-flight catering, and checked/hold baggage are all available for purchase by passengers.[20]

Premium Economy[edit]

Premium Economy is only available on A330 aircraft. The cabin features 21 reclining seats featuring 37" seat pitch in a 2-3-2 layout, each equipped with a 12" TV screen and noise cancelling headphones. Passengers are offered a full, three-course meal, and WiFi is available for purchase. Passengers are also given a baggage allowance of one cabin bag and two checked/hold bags.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ elEconomista.es. "IAG convertirá su 'low cost' Level en una empresa para impulsar su expansión - elEconomista.es".
  2. ^ "Iberia operará cuatro rutas de bajo coste con EEUU desde El Prat con la marca Level".
  3. ^ "Tweets with replies by LEVEL_en (@flywithlevelEN) - Twitter". twitter.com.
  4. ^ a b "Level LAUNCHES FOUR ROUTES FROM PARIS ORLY WITH FARES FROM €99". IAG. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  5. ^ "WHOA: New "LEVEL" Transatlantic Airline Sold 52K Tickets On Day One! - One Mile at a Time". 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ elEconomista.es. "IAG dice que la acogida de Level en Barcelona ha sido excepcional - elEconomista.es".
  7. ^ Baquero, Camilo S. (18 March 2017). "Level, así se llama la nueva aerolínea 'low cost' de IAG que volará a Los Ángeles desde 99 euros".
  8. ^ "IAG confirms Orly for LEVEL base; to scrap OpenSkies in 4Q18". CH-Aviation. 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ "IAG - International Airlines Group - News Release". www.iairgroup.com.
  10. ^ a b "IAG - International Airlines Group - News Release". www.iairgroup.com. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (17 March 2017). "Level outlines planned June 2017 launch". Routesonline. UBM (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  12. ^ a b Liu, Jim (8 November 2018). "LEVEL adds new Barcelona Trans-Atlantic routes in NS19". Routesonline. UBM (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  13. ^ Gruber, Jan (10 October 2018). "Anisec stellt Mailand-Malpensa ein und reduziert Venedig" [Anisec ends Milan-Malpensa and reduces Venice]. Austrian Aviation Net (in German). Cubo Media. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  14. ^ a b Liu, Jim (4 September 2018). "LEVEL schedules new Vienna routes in S19". Routesonline. UBM (UK) Ltd.
  15. ^ elEconomista.es. "IAG estudia Roma y París como nuevas bases para LEVEL y dotarla con cinco aviones para verano de 2018 - elEconomista.es".
  16. ^ "LEVEL Flight Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  17. ^ "New low-cost airline, LEVEL, to feature Vienna-Larnaca flights". Cyprus Traveller. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  18. ^ a b Nensel, Mark (17 July 2018). "IAG's Level commits to two more A330s amid route expansion". Air Transport World Online. Informa Exhibitions. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  19. ^ Bjorn Fehrm (February 28, 2018). "IAG's LEVEL shopping for future fleet". Leeham.
  20. ^ Silva, Gil Da. "LEVEL - Réservation : bagages, frais, poids et prix des valises (soute et cabine)". www.quellecompagnie.com.
  21. ^ "LEVEL, book direct flights and cheap flight tickets". www.flylevel.com.

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