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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 17 March 2017
Operating bases Barcelona
Paris–Orly (from 2 July 2018)
Frequent-flyer program Avios
Fleet size 2
Destinations 4
Company slogan It's your world
Parent company International Airlines Group
Headquarters Barcelona, Spain

Level is a Spanish low-cost virtual airline based at Barcelona–El Prat Airport in Spain. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational airline holding company International Airlines Group (IAG), which operates several independent brand names. Flights for the brand are currently operated by Iberia, but Level is to become an independent subsidiary airline of IAG with its own operator certificate in the near future. Level is marketed as a low-cost, long-haul carrier; it began operations in June 2017 with transatlantic services from Barcelona,[1] and further services are due to start from Paris Orly in July/September 2018.[2]


Initial launch in 2017[edit]

Level was established by IAG in response to increased competition in the long-haul market from low-cost airlines, including Norwegian Long Haul. Despite initially being poised to launch in 2018, on 15 March 2017, IAG CEO Willie Walsh announced the new brand, together with its four destinations out of Barcelona, with operations beginning in June of that year. A 1-year contract is in place with Spanish airline Iberia, such that Iberia operates Level flights under IB flight codes and provides the necessary personnel. IAG expressed the intent to continue with future expansion of the airline by adding routes from other European cities.[3]

All Level flights are currently operated by the Spanish airline and IAG subsidiary Iberia AOC, however the brand is slated to become an independent airline within IAG in the near future.[4] Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG, stated the corporation due to take over operation of the brand would most likely be based in Spain.[5]

Level sold 52,000 seats within two days of being established, and over 147,000 after little more than 1½ months, far exceeding IAG's expectations[6]. Rome, Paris and Milan were mentioned as possible locations for future expansion of the airline in Europe, together with additional routes out of Barcelona–El Prat Airport.[7]

Expansion from 2018[edit]

On 28 November 2017, Level announced four new routes from Paris Orly to start from July 2018 and one from Barcelona.[2] Flights from Paris Orly will be operated under OpenSkies AOC[8] and staffed by OpenSkies crew.[9]


In 2017, Iberia launched flights branded as Level to four initial destinations in North America and South America from its Barcelona base. These were Oakland, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana.[10]. In 2018, Level will start flights from Barcelona to Boston as well as launch flights to Montreal, Point-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Fort-de-France (Martinique) and New York (Newark) from its new base at Paris Orly.

Country City Airport Notes
Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Canada Montreal Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Begins 2 July 2018
France Paris Orly Airport Hub
From 2 July 2018
Guadeloupe Pointe-à-Pitre Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport Begins 3 July 2018
Martinique Fort-de-France Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport Begins 3 September 2018
Spain Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport Hub
United States Boston Logan International Airport Seasonal
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport Seasonal
United States Newark Newark Liberty International Airport Begins 4 September 2018
United States Oakland Oakland International Airport

Codeshare agreements[edit]

As of July 2017, the airline has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


As of July 2017, Level's fleet consists of the following aircraft:[11].

Level Fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
W Y Total
Airbus A330-200 2 3[12] 21 293 314[13] Operated by Iberia.
Deliveries in Summer 2018.[12]
Boeing 757-200 3 TBA TBA TBA To be operated by OpenSkies until July 2018.
Boeing 767-300ER 1 TBA TBA TBA
Total 2 7

The airline has plans to expand from three A330-200s in 2017 to at least 15 aircraft by 2022, with the possibility of continuing to acquire Airbus A330s, or perhaps moving to Boeing 787s.[14]


Frequent-flyer programme[edit]

In common with all IAG subsidiary airlines, Level's frequent-flyer programme is Avios. Passengers may thus earn and redeem Avios points on Level in addition to Iberia, British Airways, Vueling, Aer Lingus and Flybe. Avios points may also be used for travel on airlines in the Oneworld alliance.

Cabins and service[edit]

Premium Economy[edit]

Premium Economy is available on all A330 aircraft. The cabin features 21 reclinable seats featuring 37" seat pitch in a 2-3-2 layout, each equipped with a 12" TV screen and noise cancelling headphones. Passengers are offered a full, three-course meal, and Wi-Fi is available for purchase. Passengers are also given a baggage allowance of one cabin bag and two hold bags.[15]


The Economy cabin of Level's A330 aircraft feature 293 seats in a 2-4-2 layout. Seats are equipped with a 9" seat-back TV screen, featuring a selection of films and TV shows. Despite being a low-cost carrier, Level provides free on board entertainment to passengers. In-flight wifi, meal service and checked baggage[16] are all available for purchase by passengers in the main cabin, and provided free-of-charge for those in the premium cabin.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tweets with replies by LEVEL_en (@flywithlevelEN) - Twitter". 
  2. ^ a b "Level LAUNCHES FOUR ROUTES FROM PARIS ORLY WITH FARES FROM €99". IAG. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Baquero, Camilo S. (18 March 2017). "Level, así se llama la nueva aerolínea 'low cost' de IAG que volará a Los Ángeles desde 99 euros". 
  4. ^ "Iberia operará cuatro rutas de bajo coste con EEUU desde El Prat con la marca Level". 
  5. ^ "IAG convertirá su 'low cost' Level en una empresa para impulsar su expansión -". 
  6. ^ "WHOA: New "LEVEL" Transatlantic Airline Sold 52K Tickets On Day One! - One Mile at a Time". 19 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "IAG dice que la acogida de Level en Barcelona ha sido excepcional -". 
  8. ^ "IAG confirms Orly for LEVEL base; to scrap OpenSkies in 4Q18". CH-Aviation. 29 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "IAG - International Airlines Group - News Release". 
  10. ^ Liu, Jim (17 March 2017). "Level outlines planned June 2017 launch". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "IAG estudia Roma y París como nuevas bases para LEVEL y dotarla con cinco aviones para verano de 2018 -". 
  12. ^ a b Dron, Alan. "IAG firms three A330-200s options for Level startup". Air Transport World. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "IAG unveils its new longhaul LCC, Level; to launch in June". 
  14. ^ Bjorn Fehrm (February 28, 2018). "IAG's LEVEL shopping for future fleet". Leeham. 
  15. ^ "LEVEL, book direct flights and cheap flight tickets". 
  16. ^ Silva, Gil Da. "LEVEL - Réservation : bagages, frais, poids et prix des valises (soute et cabine)". 


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