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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;
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.
As we started OLCI, I was asked to verify my information and enter my passport details.
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.
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.
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.
Our bus today
We have left Washington DC with a 10-15 minute delay.
Flixtainment was available onboard today so I had the chance to watch a movie on route.
And, due to traffic our arrival at New York is significantly delayed.
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.
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
Luckily we have arrived to New York at 21:25 ( 9:25pm ).
And I had time to have a burrito as a quick dinner.
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 )
My ticket for the day
The waiting area for the train
Our train started boarding 10 minutes before departure at Track 9.
A photo from the train
I have arrived at Newark Airport 1h30min before the flight
And took the AirTrain to Terminal B.
FIDS for today, our flight is one of the last flights of the day.
The AirTrain journey from the Train Station to Terminal B takes around 10 minutes.
During the AirTrain journey, I was able to spot our aircraft which was parked at Gate 65.
After arriving at Terminal B, I've headed to the first floor to obtain my boarding pass
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.
Boarding Pass for tonight
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.
After security, there are not many options but there were several restaurants and cafés open late in the evening.
Our aircraft was ready when I arrived at the gate and boarding had started with Group 1 passengers
As I was located in Group 2, I waited for my turn.
LEVEL is little bit strict about the size and weight.
Soon, I have boarded with Group 2 and here is F-HLVN
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.
My seat for tonight's flight. The seat was actually comfortable.
And had decent legroom
Each seat was equipped with an IFE screen
And power outlets, which is pretty impressive for a LCC.
The seat pocket for today
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.
Wi-Fi was available onboard and BoB/Duty-Free items could be pre-ordered from the IFE screens.
The IFE menu
The overhead panel
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.
After our pushback, this UA 757 which arrived from Miami appeared.
And a United Express jet just arrived from Kansas
Newark is the home of United
And more United aircraft at Terminal C
And a United 777-300ER with the new livery at a remote stand
And when it was our turn, we took off.
Our flight time for tonight would be 6h20min.
Wi-Fi was available
And, here are the available packages. Not cheap but not expensive either.
A photo before I slept
I just woke up for a minute when we were here and we had exactly 2h1min left to Orly.
And, after I slept for another time, I woke up here while we were descending
And we had landed exactly 1 hour before our scheduled arrival time
A Corsair 747-400
Transavia 737 getting prepared for his flight to Djerba
Another RAM aircraft heading to Agadir
Corsair 330 heading to Montreal-Trudeau
EC-MMU at Orly since 3 days without any flights.
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.
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.
After a 10 minute bus journey we were inside Orly 3.
After arriving at the terminal, I have cleared passport control within a minute, there was no wait at the non-EU line.
FIDS - Interesting fact that Pegasus Airlines is the only Non-EU carrier utilizing Orly 1-2-3.
And after leaving the baggage claim hall, I have went upstairs to the OrlyVal station to head to the city.
After 3 minutes, the car has arrived
And I was on my way to Antony RER station.
And, I took the RER B to the city.
This report has came to an end.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you another report.
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.
(+) Easy to access, however a bit expensive
(+) Check-in and security wait time
(+) Boarding was made with the respect of group numbers
(+) 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
(+) 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