IAG’s new long-haul low-fare airline LEVEL is expected to grow to at least 15 aircraft by 2022 according to IAG’s chief executive officer Willie Walsh who spoke in a webcast on the group’s 2017 results.

The carrier is also aiming to grow to five aircraft in 2018, up from two used in 2017.

LEVEL was launched in June 2017, a year ahead of schedule. The airline currently uses two new A330s with a third of the type to be added in the summer.

The carrier plans to open a base at Paris Orly in July 2018 with flights to Guadeloupe and Montreal, New York (Newark) and Martinique to follow in September. The airline will operate two additional A330-200 aircraft from the Paris Orly base.

Walsh, however, said that there are opportunities to switch to Boeing’s 787, adding: “We are in discussions with both Boeing and Airbus on the future aircraft for LEVEL.”

The airline currently flies from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, Oakland and Punta Cana, with a summer service to Los Angeles and a new route from Barcelona to Boston due to begin from March 2018.

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