IAG’s low-cost-carrier LEVEL has revealed expanded services to US east coast cities from their Barcelona hub in 2020.
What are the new routes?
From the end of March 2020, LEVEL plans to increase frequencies form their Barcelona hub to Boston and New York.
These cities were previously served by three weekly services, but will now have their capacity increased to four a week. Specifically, these are the new frequencies that are planned.
Barcelona – Boston
Flight Number: IB2625
Departing Barcelona 1835 PM & arriving in Boston 2115 PM
Flight Number: IB2626
Departing Boston 2300 PM & arriving in Barcelona the following day at 1210 PM
This Barcelona Boson service will start from the 29th March 2020 and will be operated by an Airbus A330-200. Both services will be on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Barcelona – New York JFK eff 30MAR20 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly
Flight Number: IB2627
Departing Barcelona at 1455 PM & arriving in New York’s JFK at 1800 PM
Flight Number: IB2628
Departing JFK at 2000 PM & arriving at Barcelona the following morning at 0950 AM
The Barcelona New York service will start just after the Boston route, on the 30th of March 2020 and will be operated by the fleets twin-aisle Airbus A330-200. It will also fly around the same time on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The New York flight will take around 8 hours and 35 minutes, with the Boston service a bit quicker due to the slightly shorter distance.
What is LEVEL?
LEVEL is IAG’s (owner of British Airways and Iberia) attempt at a low-cost-carrier, specifically the same business model that Norwegian has pioneered so successfully.
So far, IAG has been cautious to expand LEVEL’s destinations and fleet. The carrier currently has a fleet of twelve aircraft that have been borrowed from various IAG airlines, including eight A330-200s and four A321-200s. However, LEVEL does have plans to expand its fleet with additional A330s or even Boeing 787s over the next few years (up to 15 aircraft by 2023). It currently flies to 33 destinations.
Additionally, you will be amiss to think of LEVEL as a ‘full’ airline but rather a brand that various IAG airlines independently operate under. Six of the A330s that are branded LEVEL are actually operated by OpenSkies and Iberia, whilst the remainder is operated by an airline (branded as LEVEL) based in Austria.
To keep with its low-cost-carrier roots, the airline offers a range of services on board that economy passengers can pay for. This includes food, pillows, baggage, drinks and more. Additionally, passengers are provided with free entertainment via the seatback screens, although the airline is rumored to begin charging for entertainment beyond January 2020. Premium economy includes a meal, entertainment, and baggage on board as part of the ticket price.
Simple Flying reached out to IAG and LEVEL for comment, to which they replied:
“Since the start of our operations in June 2017, LEVEL is performing really well in Barcelona, and we are committed to continue our growth in this market. Our passengers love the brand and the experience of flying with LEVEL. Our presence in Barcelona is expanding, we recently announced our fifth route from El Prat to JFK, with three weekly flights which will increase to four weekly flights from next summer. In addition, we will be increasing our frequencies to Boston from March 2020, with an additional weekly flight, serving Boston as well with four weekly flights” – Aurelius Noell, CCO of LEVEL.
What do you think of these additional frequencies? Will you be using these extra services? Let us know in the comments.