LEVEL starts long-haul services from Barcelona with Los Angeles flight
The low-cost airline also serves Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Punta Cana and will offer new destinations soon
Barcelona.- The new low-cost long-haul airliner LEVEL began its services from Barcelona on Thursday with a direct connection to Los Angeles. The airliner, from the IAG group, has already sold 134,000 tickets for its flights from the Catalan capital, which also include connections to Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. "There is a big demand from Barcelona and we are considering new destinations from this city. We'll make announcements of new destinations," said Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG, in a press conference. The group is considering new links to New York and also Asia.
The airline, which started operations from Barcelona on Thursday, will offer service to Buenos Aires and Punta Cana year-round and is still evaluating whether or to do the same with its connections to Buenos Aires and San Francisco, in the US.
"There is a big demand from Barcelona and we are considering new destinations from this city"
Willie Walsh CEO of IAG
LEVEL's fleet at El Prat airport will add five new planes in 2018. The flights are operated by A330-200 planes and pilots and cabin crew members come from Iberia. Each one has capacity for up to 293 tourist class ticket holders and 21 premium. Checked baggage, meals, seat assignment and in-flight entertainment are included for premium ticket holders and come at a cost for the rest of passengers. Planes also offer WI-Fi connection starting from €8.99.
"We are very excited," said Walsh, adding that LEVEL is a "ground-breaking" airline. The average LEVEL passenger is between 18 and 34 years-old and "quite often" is taking "a long-haul flight for the first time". The IAG CEO added that connections to other short-haul flights such as those operated by Vueling also make the new airline "an attractive option".