Boston is set to see a huge transatlantic expansion next year. LEVEL, American, and Delta are all introducing new service across the pond. In the summer season of 2020, American Airlines will inaugurate new flights to London. Meanwhile, Delta and LEVEL will compete on services to Paris from Boston. This comes off the heels of Boston’s big international expansion including new service from Korean Air and KLM.
LEVEL’s new Boston to Paris service
Routes Online reports that LEVEL will start a thrice-weekly service between Boston and Paris-Orly with Airbus A330-200 aircraft from March 31, 2020. At the same time, LEVEL will also increase Barcelona to Boston service to four-times-weekly.
LEVEL will compete with Air France and Delta, who have a joint-venture, on the Boston to Paris route. However, LEVEL operates to Paris-Orly while Delta and Air France fly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
As a low-cost carrier, LEVEL will not offer a proper business class. Instead, the A330-200 is outfitted in a two-class configuration. This includes premium economy and economy class. Compared to Delta and American, LEVEL will definitely offer lower fares and target leisure travelers.
Delta’s new Boston routes
Delta is also increasing transatlantic service from Boston. In addition to new service to the UK, including London Gatwick, Delta will inaugurate a new route connecting Boston and Rome. In addition, Delta will increase frequencies between Boston and Paris.
From May 21, 2020, per Routes Online, Delta will operate twice-daily service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. On the European side, Delta’s passengers will be able to connect to Air France’s network.
Delta has been building up its presence in Boston. After backing away from the city in the wake of bankruptcy, Delta is slowly growing in the city. And, their Skyteam and joint-venture partners, KLM, Air France, and Korean Air also have their own services to Boston.
Boston complements Delta’s existing hub in New York-JFK. And, it makes sense for Delta to expand more out of Boston since slots are easier to come by compared to New York-JFK.
American’s new transatlantic service
American closely partners with two other members of LEVEL’s parent company, IAG. While LEVEL will fly between Boston and Paris, from March 29, 2020, American will fly a Boeing 777-200 between Boston and British Airways’ hub in London Heathrow.
Although, more of American’s passengers will likely originate in Boston since they do not have a major connecting base in the New England city.
These new route announcements are fantastic for Boston-area passengers. LEVEL’s new service from Boston to Paris will definitely give leisure passengers the opportunity to fly to France for a lower cost compared to full-service carriers. On one hand, Delta is clearly building up its network in Boston. Meanwhile, new opportunities to cross the Atlantic on multiple carriers opens up the possibility for a host of connections. And, greater competition can lead to lower airfare costs.
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Routesonline was the source of schedule data as linked above.