IAG has issued this statement:
LEVEL’s first flight took off from Barcelona to Los Angeles at 1540 CET/1440 BST on June 1, 2017.
The inaugural flight on International Airlines Group’s (IAG) longhaul low cost airline brand will arrived in LA at 1955 (local time) completely full with 314 passengers on board a new Airbus A330-200. Flights to LA will operate twice per week and tomorrow LEVEL will commence its three per week service to San Francisco (Oakland).
This is Spain’s first longhaul low cost operation and is the first step towards LEVEL’s expansion from other European cities. More than 134,000 tickets have been sold since its launch on March 17.
At Barcelona airport, Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive said: “This is the start of a fantastic new adventure for IAG. LEVEL’s sales are well ahead of our expectations in all markets. The brand has resonated with a new audience, many of whom are flying longhaul for the first time.
“In 2018, LEVEL will increase its fleet to five aircraft and we are considering other European bases for the operation.
Flights on LEVEL can be booked via the websites of its sister airlines Iberia and Vueling in addition to flylevel.com. Customers from across Spain and Europe can book flights on both airlines to Barcelona which connect onto LEVEL’s longhaul network with a single ticket. LEVEL has also launched a codeshare agreement with American Airlines on flights between Barcelona and the US.
Photos: IAG. Airbus A330-202 EC-MOY (msn 1784) is the first LEVEL-painted aircraft.