IAG isn’t wasting time with its LEVEL brand establishing new routes. Paris Orly was always a target and the group has announced four new routes:
- Flights to Montreal start on July 2, 2018 and operate three times per week.
- Flights to Guadeloupe start on July 3, 2018 and operate four times per week.
- Flights to Martinique start on September 3, 2018 and operate three times per week.
- Flights to Newark start on September 4, 2018 and operate four times per week.
The airline will base two A332’s at Paris Orly to fulfil the new routes, with a third aircraft arriving mid-summer. Initial prices are said to start at €99 and LEVEL will operate the groups Avios mileage scheme to try to ensure loyalty across its brands.
British Airways OpenSkies brand which started as 752’s flying business only seats to New York from Paris was founded in 2008 just before the recession hit, and will be retired and its staff transferred to LEVEL operations. OpenSkies will cease to operate completely at the end of the Summer 2018 season.
British Airways OpenSkies has faced direct competition for its business class services with La Compagnie, and operates 3 752’s and a 763ER with the later having a three class layout, only transferred to it in August 2016 from BA.