International Airlines Group (IAG) has firmed three options for Airbus A330-200 widebodies for its new Level long-haul, low-cost carrier after a strong start for bookings.

The airline began services from Barcelona in June, with routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco (Oakland), Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Level began life with two A330-200s and said it planned to increase its fleet to four or five. The three new aircraft will be delivered in summer 2018 and will be used to expand the airline’s route map.

Level operates its initial aircraft in a two-class configuration, with 21 premium economy and 293 economy seats.

The company has said bookings are well ahead of expectations and the brand is appealing to many people who have not previously considered long haul. It is looking at opening further bases, with Paris and Rome among the options under study.

Alan Dron