Review of LEVEL flight Newark Paris in Economy

Airline LEVEL
Flight LV8010
Class Economy
Seat 39A
Aircraft Airbus A330-200
Flight time 07:20
Take-off 28 Feb 20, 23:50
Arrival at 29 Feb 20, 13:10
LV   #1 out of 22 Low-cost airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 20 reviews
ISTFlyer
By GOLD 1120
Published on 18th March 2020

Report No: 2020-201E


Ladies and Gentleman,  


After a long break not publishing flight reports, I'm back here in Flight-Report with this short series of two transatlantic flight onboard the European low-cost carrier LEVEL Airlines on a trip which I did take just because I found the prices extremely cheap and award myself an extra vacation.


The first flight of the series would be the eastbound one from Newark to Paris-Orly onboard their brand-new A330-200 aircraft. Obviously, as LEVEL is a LCC and I don't hold any lounge memberships, I wouldn't able to provide you a lounge report this time.


Also, a small reminder that I would continue posting recent trip reports, however, if I have time, I would share my trips from 2019 which I didn't have the time to write the respective flight reports.


The simple itinerary for this trip;


Routing

  • LV 8010 Newark to Paris ORY ( Economy ), Airbus A330-200 You are here
  • LV 8009 Paris-ORY to Newark ( Economy ), Airbus A330-200 Coming soon

OVErVIEW OF TRIP


As I found this super good €328 r/t deal from LEVEL, I have decided to give up from a weekend during my stay in the USA and go to Paris and a reminder that there was also r/t deals less than €250 but this combination was the only one that fit my schedule. All other carriers from the greater NY area ( including PHL, BWI, IAD ) were thrice the price of LEVEL for a weekend trip.


ONLINE CHECK-IN


As we started OLCI, I was asked to verify my information and enter my passport details.


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As I didn't pay for the seat assignment for this specific flight, I was auto-assigned seat 39A for this flight which was not that bad as I could also end up with a middle seat on a transatlantic flight.


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At the end of online check-in, I've got a boarding pass by e-mail but the header simply asked me to stop by a check-in counter due to technical reasons.


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ON THE WAY TO NEWARK AIRPORT: FLIXBUS


As I was in Washington DC the day of the flight. I decided to take FlixBus to New York and then take the NJ Transit train to Newark Airport as it's significantly cheaper than taking Amtrak to Newark Airport. Obviously, I had time to do the long detour and I didn't have heavy baggage.


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Our bus today


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We have left Washington DC with a 10-15 minute delay.


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Flixtainment was available onboard today so I had the chance to watch a movie on route.


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And, due to traffic our arrival at New York is significantly delayed.


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And, the driver decides to make an unscheduled fuel and dinner stop at a service station. At that time I was worried that if I could make the flight without getting an Uber or Lyft.


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During the rest of the bus journey, I spotted the incoming flight of our aircraft; F-HLVN would be the one taking me to Paris


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Luckily we have arrived to New York at 21:25 ( 9:25pm ).


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And I had time to have a burrito as a quick dinner.


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Later on, I headed to New York Penn Station to take the train to Newark Airport. The next train to the airport was at 21:54 ( 9:54pm )


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My ticket for the day


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The waiting area for the train


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Our train started boarding 10 minutes before departure at Track 9.


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A photo from the train


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Newark Airport - EWR


I have arrived at Newark Airport 1h30min before the flight


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And took the AirTrain to Terminal B.


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FIDS for today, our flight is one of the last flights of the day.


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The AirTrain journey from the Train Station to Terminal B takes around 10 minutes.


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During the AirTrain journey, I was able to spot our aircraft which was parked at Gate 65.


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After arriving at Terminal B, I've headed to the first floor to obtain my boarding pass


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There was only a single counter open, however, there was no wait. After the agent entered my visa details into the system, she weighed my carry-on and handed my boarding pass.


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Boarding Pass for tonight


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And, it's time to head to security. Two lanes were open for two flights ( Emirates and us ) and the wait was less than 5 minutes. Pretty impressive for Newark.


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After security, there are not many options but there were several restaurants and cafés open late in the evening.


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GATE AREA & BOARDING


Our aircraft was ready when I arrived at the gate and boarding had started with Group 1 passengers


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As I was located in Group 2, I waited for my turn.


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LEVEL is little bit strict about the size and weight.


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Soon, I have boarded with Group 2 and here is F-HLVN


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LV 8010 Newark Airport TO Paris Orly AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the crew, I have headed towards my seat at the rear Economy cabin. Here is a shot of the middle Economy cabin.


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My seat for tonight's flight. The seat was actually comfortable.


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And had decent legroom


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Each seat was equipped with an IFE screen


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And power outlets, which is pretty impressive for a LCC.


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The seat pocket for today


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Here is the content of the menu. On tonight's flight I would not have anything from the BoB menu but on the return, I would try some of the selections.



Our neighbor was an Emirates 777-300ER with a special Expo 2020 livery, heading to Dubai via Athens.


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Wi-Fi was available onboard and BoB/Duty-Free items could be pre-ordered from the IFE screens.


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The IFE menu


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Film selections


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Music selections


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The overhead panel


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Boarding was finished 20-25 minutes before scheduled departure time and there was an announcement that upgrades were available for Premium Class, but I wasn't interested in this offer. Later on, the safety video was monitored.


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After our pushback, this UA 757 which arrived from Miami appeared.


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And a United Express jet just arrived from Kansas


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Newark is the home of United


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And more United aircraft at Terminal C


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And a United 777-300ER with the new livery at a remote stand


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And when it was our turn, we took off.


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IKEA


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Our flight time for tonight would be 6h20min.


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Wi-Fi was available 


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And, here are the available packages. Not cheap but not expensive either.


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A photo before I slept


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I just woke up for a minute when we were here and we had exactly 2h1min left to Orly.


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And, after I slept for another time, I woke up here while we were descending


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And we had landed exactly 1 hour before our scheduled arrival time


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A Corsair 747-400


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RAM 737-800


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Transavia 737 getting prepared for his flight to Djerba


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Another RAM aircraft heading to Agadir


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Corsair 330 heading to Montreal-Trudeau


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EC-MMU at Orly since 3 days without any flights.


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And we have parked to a remote stand. We have waited 20 minutes for the parking marshall to arrive so the seat belt signs were turned off 25 minutes after our arrival.


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Paris Orly AIRPORT - ORY


And we waited another 15 minutes for the buses to arrive, however, only one bus did arrive and as I was seated at the rear cabin I needed to wait another extra 10 minutes for the second bus. Later on 45-50 minutes after our arrival, I left the aircraft.


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After a 10 minute bus journey we were inside Orly 3.


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After arriving at the terminal, I have cleared passport control within a minute, there was no wait at the non-EU line.


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FIDS - Interesting fact that Pegasus Airlines is the only Non-EU carrier utilizing Orly 1-2-3.


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And after leaving the baggage claim hall, I have went upstairs to the OrlyVal station to head to the city.


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After 3 minutes, the car has arrived


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And I was on my way to Antony RER station.


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And, I took the RER B to the city.


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This report has came to an end.
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Verdict

LEVEL

9.0/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi9.5
Buy-on-board menu9.0

Newark - EWR

8.2/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.0

Paris - ORY

8.4/10
Efficiency6.0
Access9.0
Services9.5
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

I could tell you that Newark Airport is an easy place to access from NYC with public transport, however, $15,25 one-way for the train is a bit expensive. Also, Newark Terminal B is one of the most efficient terminals in the USA where the wait is minimized at most times, all check-in, security waits were acceptable, however, facilities could be improved. Boarding was made by groups which made the process more efficient. After taking my seat, I realized that LEVEL has great seats with decent legroom and has the same IFE content with Iberia. Extras such as food, headphones, duty-free items, Wi-Fi are reasonably priced and even though I haven't tried it high-speed Wi-Fi allowing to stream videos is something huge for a LCC. I had a great sleep on this flight so I wasn't able to experience the IFE system totally but there wasn't a route map in which I could get details about the flight, just some flight information was available. The crew was also good and they were better than most other LCC. The only negative thing about this flight was that we had waited a lot for the air marshall to help us park at our stand and we had also waited a lot for the pax-buses to arrive at our stand. Otherwise, the experience in Orly was super with a passport control wait for less than a minute, the number of facilities and the easiness to go to the city center by public transport.

EWR
(+) Easy to access, however a bit expensive
(+) Check-in and security wait time
(+) Boarding was made with the respect of group numbers
LV 8010
(+) Comfortable seats and wonderful legroom for a low cost
(+) IFE system, power outlets, and USB port
(+) Reasonable BoB and Wi-Fi prices
(+) Cabin crew
(-) No route map on IFE
ORY
(+) Passport control wait time
(+) Easy access to/from the city
(+) Facilities at the airport
(-) Wait for the air marshall and the bus at the remote stand

Information on the route Newark (EWR) Paris (ORY)

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The airline with the best average rating is LEVEL with 7.7/10.

The average flight time is 6 hours and 54 minutes.

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7 Comments

  • Comment 546797 by
    JonathanL SILVER 15 Comments

    Thanks for sharing! On the note of IKEA, the food court there is a fantastic plane spotting destination with sweeping views of the runways. I may or may not have spent hours there looking at planes on an occasion ;-).

  • Comment 546817 by
    KL651 TEAM 4478 Comments

    Thanks for this review.
    The seat does look comfortable.
    How was the load factor on this flight ?
    Let's see what happens to LV after the current crisis.

    • Comment 546843 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 196 Comments

      Hi KL651 and thanks for your comment,

      The seat does look comfortable.

      - The seat was much better than other full service carriers long-haul product. LEVEL is doing a great job for a decent price.
      How was the load factor on this flight ?

      - Oops, I forgot to add the load factor, however, the Economy cabin was %50-55 full, however, I have no idea about the Premium cabin. The westbound flight was more crowded than this one.
      Let's see what happens to LV after the current crisis.

      - Who knows? For LV France, they continue to operate most of their flights as PTP and FDF are considered domestic, only the EWR route is canceled. However, I could not say the same thing for LV Spain. We'll all see...

      Once again thanks for stopping by and hope to see you in another report.

  • Comment 548138 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5136 Comments

    Hi ISTFlyer, nice to see one of your reports again!

    however, if I have time, I would share my trips from 2019 which I didn't have the time to write the respective flight reports.

    As I've said in other comments, these quarantine times where we frequent flyers are grounded is a good time to catch up on posting flight-reports! I'm going to try to catch up on my backlog myself.

    As I found this super good €328 r/t deal from LEVEL

    That is a good deal--these kinds of deals were getting pretty common with so much TATL competition the last few years! We'll see if those kinds of prices stick around post Covid-19 crisis...somehow, I don't think so as I imagine not all carriers will make it out of this alive.

    I decided to take FlixBus to New York and then take the NJ Transit train to Newark Airport as it's significantly cheaper than taking Amtrak to Newark Airport.

    Wow, you really went the low-cost route throughout the trip, haha. I always took Amtrak because I always found it worth it for the convenience since it went right to EWR. Most of the time I could get tickets at $50, which is reasonable for the convenience and speed compared to bus/driving

    I would love to try LEVEL...if I could earn AAdvantage miles on them! It's a shame that LEVEL is an IAG carrier, but you don't really have any oneworld benefits. An A330 in 2-4-2 configuration with AVOD, Power and USB is amazing for an LCC. Most LCCs have A330s in the awful 3-3-3 configuration. The only truly LCC aspect of this service seems to be the buy-on-board. Otherwise, it's a really nice non-low-cost experience.

    Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoyed Paris...right before the lockdown!

    • Comment 548158 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 196 Comments

      Hi KévinDC and thanks for your comment,

      As I've said in other comments, these quarantine times where we frequent flyers are grounded is a good time to catch up on posting flight-reports! I'm going to try to catch up on my backlog myself.

      - It seems like that :) I have many unwritten F-R's in my archive and probably they would all be here in a month or two if things don't get better. Probably around 20-30 flights.
      That is a good deal--these kinds of deals were getting pretty common with so much TATL competition the last few years! We'll see if those kinds of prices stick around post Covid-19 crisis...somehow, I don't think so as I imagine not all carriers will make it out of this alive.

      - I hope these LCC's survive. They are budget savers. Especially on ex-USA trips which are considerably expensive than ex-Europe trips.
      Wow, you really went the low-cost route throughout the trip, haha. I always took Amtrak because I always found it worth it for the convenience since it went right to EWR. Most of the time I could get tickets at $50, which is reasonable for the convenience and speed compared to bus/driving

      - As I booked this ticket last minute, Amtrak was $100ish on the way to EWR and no trains until 3 am on the way back so I didn't find it reasonable. However, when I have checked bags and travel from WAS to EWR, I prefer using the $59 deal of Amtrak which should be booked 21 days in advance.
      I would love to try LEVEL...if I could earn AAdvantage miles on them! It's a shame that LEVEL is an IAG carrier, but you don't really have any oneworld benefits.

      - Yes, that's a huge disadvantage. Unless booked through the IB codeshare, which is slightly expensive than booking direct, no miles and points at all. It's super similar to how they treat Vueling flights.
      An A330 in 2-4-2 configuration with AVOD, Power and USB is amazing for an LCC. Most LCCs have A330s in the awful 3-3-3 configuration. The only truly LCC aspect of this service seems to be the buy-on-board. Otherwise, it's a really nice non-low-cost experience.

      - Yes, I agree, it's amazing and beyond my expectations. By the way, if you have checked baggage, there is a combo-pack worth $45 each direction that includes checked baggage, a full course dinner, and a snack before arrival with unlimited drinks ( including alcoholic beverages ). And, at least the BoB is much better than those menus of US carriers.
      Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoyed Paris...right before the lockdown!

      - Once again, thank you very much for your comment and hope to see you in another report.

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