Level, apart from the low cost for intercontinental flights
A new company within the giant IAG, the British, Iberia and Vueling: 99 Euros for the Barcelona-Los Angeles
Many talk about it but no one (or almost) makes them. Apart from Norwegian, which remains on rates a bit ‘higher, intercontinental low cost flights between Europe and the United States have for years been subject futuristic.
A short should start the Ryanair agreement with Aer Lingus and the same Norwegian to launch routes at low cost between the two sides of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, however, for the first time there is someone who is serious.
It is Level, the new company founded within the giant IAG (International Airlines group), that of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and its Aer Lingus.
The first take-off are around the corner: it starts in June. Tickets start from € 99 each way, and the routes will be served by the time all from Barcelona El Prat, the company’s hub, to San Francisco (Oakland), Los Angeles, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and Buenos Aires.
It can bet that if the first months of operation, served by two Airbus A330 (soon expected to become about thirty), will yield good results s’infittirà the network.
Operationally speaking, for the first time Level will be a kind of Iberia in disguise. Pilots and crew will in fact be supplied by two-thirds by former Spanish flag carrier.
Then come 250 recruitments in the land of Catalonia. Because we start from Barcelona? Simple: the interconnections available with low cost Continental Group, Vueling. “Barcelona is the home of Vueling – said Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG – and this will enable our customers flights from all over Europe” connection.
The A330 will be configured with 293 seats in economy class and 21 premium. But be careful: 99 Euros (or rising) only cover the chair. In economy class all other services, from meals to entertainment on board until the baggage to be shipped, will be paid.
In the premium segment, however, it should go up in price, but remain below average that a European traveler is usually expected for this type of travel, they will be included.
Even Norwegian from June activate new links with the United States. Starting from Edinburgh o Dublino to secondary airports in New York and Boston promotional rates are 69 euro for arrival and 138 for the return.
Around those 200 euro total, those on which it should be around Level.
However, at least for Italian travelers, offering IAG is more interesting for both the amount of connections between Italians and stop the Catalan metropolis for their cost.
It is no coincidence that for the Spaniards departures are even considering “various options including Italy – added Walsh – for now we start from Barcelona with the aim of extending the network”.
Even Air France and Lufthansa, through its subsidiary Eurowings, seems to be moving in this direction.