IAG’s LEVEL Launches Four Routes From Paris Orly Airport & OpenSkies Brand Retired

LEVEL, IAG’s low coast brand, today announced that it would launch four routes from Paris Orly airport in the Summer 2018 using two Airbus A330-200 aircraft while OpenSkies Orly – Newark service would end and the brand is discontinued.

IAG Level

LEVEL would fly Paris to Montreal, New York, Guadeloupe and Martinique. These flights are Iberia coded and operated by both Iberia and OpenSkies.

You can access LEVEL here.

Here’s one price display from Paris:

LEVEL

LEVEL flight with Iberia flight number but operated by OpenSkies?

Here are the start dates:

  • Flights to Montreal start on July 2, 2018 and operate three times per week.
  • Flights to Guadeloupe start on July 3, 2018 and operate four times per week.
  • Flights to Martinique start on September 3, 2018 and operate three times per week.
  • Flights to New York (Newark) start on September 4, 2018 and operate four times per week.

Here’s the press release from IAG:

LEVEL LAUNCHES FOUR ROUTES FROM PARIS ORLY WITH FARES FROM €99

International Airlines Group will launch flights to Montreal*, New York, Guadeloupe and Martinique from Paris Orly from July 2018 via LEVEL its low cost longhaul airline brand.
Fares start from €99** one way and tickets go on sale today at flylevel.com.

LEVEL will base two Airbus A330-200 aircraft at Orly, each with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats.

Checked luggage (plus a free cabin bag), meals, seat selection and the latest movie releases will be complimentary for customers flying in premium economy. Those travelling in economy can chose what they want to buy based on a menu of choices. Next generation inflight technology will be available for all customers with a wide range of onboard entertainment options. There is also super-high speed internet connectivity with prices starting at €8.99.

Customers can also earn and redeem Avios, IAG airlines’ loyalty currency, giving them the opportunity to fly to 380 destinations across the Group’s network.

LEVEL’s Paris flights will be operated by staff who currently work for IAG’s French airline OpenSkies which is based at the airport. The OpenSkies brand will cease to operate at the end of next summer and all its staff will operate LEVEL flights.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “LEVEL’s Barcelona operation has been an incredible success. Customers love it and LEVEL will be profitable this year. Barcelona was always a first step and today we’re delighted to launch flights from our second European city with four exciting new routes from Paris.

“Like Barcelona, Orly is a Vueling hub which means that customers will be able to fly there from other parts of Europe to connect onto LEVEL. We will also benefit from the local experience and knowledge of the OpenSkies team”.

Flights from Orly to New York will continue to operate under the OpenSkies brand until the end of summer 2018 and are available at www.ba.com/openskies

In Barcelona, LEVEL will launch a new route to Boston on March 28, 2018. Flights will operate up to three times each week for the summer season. A third A330-200 aircraft will be added to the Barcelona fleet later in the summer providing the opportunity to expand its network further.

LEVEL flies currently from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, San Francisco (Oakland) and Punta Cana with a summer service to Los Angeles. Flights are available at flylevel.com

Conclusion

That is quite ambitious schedule for just two aircraft. They can always borrow equipment from Iberia, British Airways or Aer Lingus in case if one goes mechanical.

It is interesting to see how this LEVEL will play out in the medium term. Seems to be flying mostly leisure oriented destinations from Paris.

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