IAG announce LEVEL

Level A330

Today the International Airlines Group announced a brand new low cost, long-haul carrier that will be launched in June later this year. LEVEL will begin by operating two Airbus A330 to 4 destinations in Argentina, The Dominican Republic and The United States. 
The flights will be operated with Iberia’s cabin crew and pilots initially. Flights are already on sale now and start as low as €99 one way. The airline is initially launching in Barcelona, but will expand to other European cities in the near future. 

Destinations, frequencies and schedules are further below.

Willie Walsh, IAG group CEO said regarding the news: “LEVEL is an exciting new IAG airline brand which will bring a stylish and modern approach to flying at prices that are even more affordable. It will benefit from having the strength of one of the world’s largest airline groups behind it.

“LEVEL will become IAG’s fifth main airline brand alongside Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. It will complement our existing airline portfolio and further diversify our current customer base.

“Barcelona is Vueling’s home base and this will allow customers to connect from Vueling’s extensive European network onto LEVEL’s longhaul flights.

“This is just the start. We’re really excited about the opportunities for expansion and we plan to bring LEVEL to other European destinations”.

From airlineroute:

eff 01JUN17 Barcelona – Los Angeles 2 weekly
IB2623 BCN1540 – 1955LAX 332 47
IB2624 LAX2140 – 1825+1BCN 332 47

eff 02JUN17 Barcelona – Oakland 3 weekly
IB2621 BCN1200 – 1600OAK 332 5
IB2621 BCN1250 – 1650OAK 332 2
IB2621 BCN1405 – 1805OAK 332 7

IB2622 OAK1745 – 1435+1BCN 332 5
IB2622 OAK1835 – 1525+1BCN 332 2
IB2622 OAK1950 – 1640+1BCN 332 7

eff 10JUN17 Barcelona – Punta Cana 2 weekly, subject to government approval
IB2611 BCN1620 – 1950PUJ 332 6
IB2611 BCN1700 – 2030PUJ 332 3

IB2612 PUJ2140 – 1220+1BCN 332 6
IB2612 PUJ2215 – 1255+1BCN 332 3

eff 17JUN17 Barcelona – Buenos Aires Ezeiza 3 weekly, subject to government approval
IB2601 BCN0130 – 1015EZE 332 246
IB2602 EZE1200 – 0545+1BCN 332 246

El Al set to launch 787 flights in third-quarter 2017

Rendering; 787-9; El Al; Over coast; from right side; K66451
Image copyright: Boeing

El Al will receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner later this year, and is planning on launching flights with them during the third quarter of 2017. The two first 787-9s will be used on their flights to Los Angeles, and will be leased from ALC. Prior to this it will be used on shorter runs, likely to Europe, for crew training and familiarization.

The new jets will replace its current fleet of 767s and 747s that are used on the airline’s longhaul network. The airline will operate a total of 16  787-8s and -9s, a combination of purchased and leased aircraft. With the added capacity the Argentine Ministry of Tourism is looking at getting the airline to serve the capital, Buenos Aires. The airline has options for an additional 13 Dreamliners.


Two US airlines dropping flights to Cuba


Only six months after regular passenger flights between the US and Cuba were resumed, two US airlines are already dropping flights to the country. Silver and Frontier both blame overcapacity between the two countries. Frontier will end its route between Miami and Havana, while Silver will drop all 9 planned routes. With seven airlines serving the South Florida – Havana market, there has been fierce competition for an overestimated amount of demand due to the lack of flights in the past.

Though no other airlines have left Cuba yet, there have been large amounts of reductions to the island, including cut frequencies and smaller equipment.



Norwegian to go double-daily, year-round on London – New York


Norwegian announced late last year that it will be adding a second daily flight to New York from its London Gatwick base. At first the airline proposed that the second daily frequency would operate everyday except Wednesday bringing the total to 13 weekly flights, but now has proposed that LGW-JFK will operate 14x weekly, year-round.

From airlineroute:
DY7013 LGW0600 – 0920JFK 789 D
DY7015 LGW1710 – 2030JFK 789 D

DY7014 JFK1120 – 2250LGW 789 D
DY7016 JFK2230 – 1000+1LGW 789 x3
DY7016 JFK2300 – 1030+1LGW 789 3



Qatar Airways to launch Indian subsidiary 

Qatar Airways has now planned to enter the Indian market with a new, fully-owned airline after its Saudi subsidiary failed to get the necessary approvals to operate. 

The airline will soon apply for the necessary permits to operate in India, and once gotten the carrier will operate up to 100 airplanes. The plans however have received opposition from the Federation of Indian Airlines and other Indian carriers. 

Insel Air suspends all but 3 routes

Insel fokker
Photo by N.Verzellenberg

Dutch-Caribbean airline Insel Air has recently been going through financial difficulties as well as most of its fleet being grounded by the Aruban Civil Aviation Authorities. The airline has suspended its routes to Barquisimeto, Caracas, Georgetown, Haiti, Havana, Kingston, Las Piedras, Manaus, Medellin, Miami, Paramaribo, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo and Quito. The airline hopes to return to full operation again by June later this year. The airline will look into relaunching some of its routes as they get their aircraft re-certified.

Current routes, information from airlineroute:
Curacao – Aruba up to 6 daily
Curacao – Bonaire 4 daily
Curacao – St. Maarten 2 daily


Lufthansa to deploy the A350 on Mumbai flight

Image copyright: Hector Montes de Oca

Lufthansa recently updated its schedules for the Munich – Mumbai route, which now shows that the Airbus A350-900 will now operate the airline’s daily flights between the two cities. The route is currently operated by their Airbus A330-300 and will operate using their A340-600 between April 8 and 14 before the A350 will be introduced on April 15.

Schedule from airlineroute:

LH764 MUC1140 – 2305BOM 359 D
LH765 BOM0105 – 0550MUC 359 D

Aer Lingus to lease seven A321neos

Image copyright: Airbus

Aer Lingus has outlined its transatlantic fleet renewal plans by planning to lease seven new A321neoLR from Air Lease Corporation. The aircraft will be delivered starting in the second quarter of 2019 with two to come later that year, an additional two in 2019 and four in 2020. The new aircraft will be used to replace their leased fleet of 4 Boeing 757s and eventually introduce new routes and frequencies to US and Canadian cities.

Norwegian announces new transatlantic routes from Bergen

Boeing 737 max norwegian
Render by Boeing

Norwegian’s transatlantic growth continues after Norwegian announced two new routes from the Norwegian city of Bergen today. Like the recently announced routes from the UK and Ireland to the East Coast, the new routes will also be operated with their Boeing 737 MAXs

The airline will serve Stewart Airport in New York and Providence Airport near Boston. So far Bergen is the only Scandinavian city to receive transatlantic routes with the upgraded 737 version. The airline now offers 50 routes between Europe and the US.

Both routes will be served twice a week. Flights to Stewart and Providence will launch on July 3. an 2. respectively.