Review of LEVEL flight Paris Newark in Economy

Airline LEVEL
Flight LV8009
Class Economy
Seat 10A
Aircraft Airbus A330-200
Flight time 08:50
Take-off 01 Mar 20, 19:00
Arrival at 01 Mar 20, 21:50
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By GOLD 780
Published on 23rd March 2020

Report No: 2020-202E


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 second flight of this series would be the westbound flight from Orly to Newark. This time I have used their IFE system and ordered some food items from the BoB menu and I would cover those in this report.


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


Loads for the Flight

Premium: %95-100
Economy: %90-95


ONLINE CHECK-IN


This time I've completed OLCI, on my phone via the web browser.


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To pass US Immigration quicker, I had already paid for a seat at the front of the cabin a few days ago the flight. On LEVEL, if you don't pay for seats, they would auto-assign you one.


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The seat map for now. 10B is empty for now but it would be occupied during the flight


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For ex-ORY flights, you could create a mobile boarding pass


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The day of the flight, after having a beer at my hotel, I left the hotel and used the RER Train and OrlyVal to access Orly Airport


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OrlyVal operated from 6:00 to 23:35


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LEVEL uses Terminal 3. As I mentioned in the previous report as well, Pegasus is the only non-EU carrier operating from Orly 1,2,3. Of course excluding EasyJet Switzerland.


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Paris Orly AIRPORT - ORY


FIDS just after I arrived at the airport. There was 1h45min until my flight


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Orly 3 is a short walk from Orly 1 where the OrlyVal arrives and departs.


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As I had a mobile boarding pass, I skipped stopping by the check-in counters and directly headed toward security. Security at Orly 3 was pretty efficient, 3 lanes were open at that time and there was no wait.


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FIDS after clearing security


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After security, it is mandatory to pass inside the duty free store.


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The Schengen area of Orly 3 has lot's of stores and restaurants. After purchasing some gifts and macarons from Ladurée to friends,


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It was time to clear passport control where the wait was less than 3 minutes for non-EU citizens.


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The Non-Schengen areas has two cafés and a few stores


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GATE AREA & BOARDING


Today's gate would be gate D20, there was enough seating area for all passengers around the gate and a passenger was playing the piano which made me feel relaxed a bit.


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A few minutes later, our aircraft was towed to our gate.


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F-HLVM would be operating todays flight to Newark Liberty International Airport


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And jetbridge connected


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After the cabin crew boarded, 40-45 minutes before scheduled departure boarding has started with the respect of group numbers. I have boarded with Group 4.


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After a document check by aviation security officers, at the podium my passport details were verified and I was ready to board the aircraft.


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I hope to see you soon Paris


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However, as the aircraft was not ready yet, there was a huge queue at the jetbridge.


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After a 15-20 minute wait at the jetbridge the aircraft was ready for boarding an we were inside the aircraft.


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La Compagnie A321 and Transavia 737 visible from the jetbridge


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Fuselage shot


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LV 8009 Paris Orly AIRPORT TO NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the crew, I have headed to my seat 10A.


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The legroom was decent for a LCC


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Despite LEVEL being a low cost carrier, each seat is equipped by personal entertainment screens.


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March content was loaded to the IFE system and newer releases were available


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As usual, the seat pocket content. No inflight magazine. For the BoB menu content please refer to the previous report.


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As we were fueling during the boarding process, the cabin crew requested everyone to unfasten their seatbelts.


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A view from the window


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When the fueling was complete, the seat belt sign was turned back on, however, there was a chewing gum sticked to my seatbelt which was not nice.


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And 18 minutes later than our scheduled departure time we had started our pushback towards the runway.


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An EasyJet A320 at Orly 2


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During our pushback, the safety video was played.


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An ATR


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And we're heading towards the runway


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An Alitalia Embraer was in front of us.


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After the AZ aircraft took off, it was our turn


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And we're in the air


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Some photos just after takeoff


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The IFE screen menu. Our flight today would be 7h50min.


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When the seatbelt signs has turned off, immigration forms were distributed. At most US airports, it's not mandatory to fill the immigration forms any more but at Newark, it's still required to fill one per family.


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Also comfort packs, blankets and headphones were available for sale and as my earphones stopped working,


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I've purchased one for 5 euros.


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Shortly later, I have visited the lavatory, which seemed to be clean but not super clean.


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When I returned to my seat, I decided to order some food. For those who don't know, at LEVEL, food ordering takes place on IFE screens and the cabin crew brings it to you. You could either pay by online credit card, a physical credit card or cash in euros.


Main courses available


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Sandwiches available, probably they forgot to load sandwiches today


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And I placed my order and within 20 minutes my order has came. As I was paying in cash the order total shown at the screen was 0 euros.


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My selection today was the Chicken Tikka Masala with M&M's and a bottle of water.


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The meal had a decent portion and tasted good.


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By the way, on today's flight Wi-Fi was unavailable and not working.


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Later on, I started watching the movie Joker and slept for a bit after 30 minutes.


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When I woke up, I continued watching the movie and at some point I decided to order something for late dinner as well. I've ordered the combination below. However, shortly a cabin crew came and told that they were out of all sandwiches so instead of a sandwich, I requested a brownie alongside a hot chocolate


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Brownie and hot chocolate - The combo costs €5,50


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After my movie had finished, we still had 47 minutes until landing.


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I spent that time listening to music from my personal device.



Manhattan and the skyscrapers


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One World Trade Center


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And the Statue of Liberty at the right side of the photo


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Manhattan one more time


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We're continuing our descend


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And we had landed 25-30 minutes before our scheduled arrival time


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Port of Newark and IKEA


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Hmmm, look who is there?


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Some Delta aircraft


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A BA 777-200 heading to London Heathrow


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And a Virgin Atlantic A330-300


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Ethiopian Dreamliner, Eurowings A330 and Swiss A330


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And we're going to park at gate 55 at Terminal B Concourse 2


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After we had parked, G-ZZZA continued his pushback.


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And we had parked at gate 55


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When the doors were disarmed, the IFE system was disabled


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Look who is here: BA ground staff. A reminder that both BA and LEVEL are sub-companies of IAG.


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NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT - EWR


The last shot of F-HLVM before heading towards immigration.


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As the queues were short I was out of the immigration hall in less than 15 minutes which is quite good for the USA.


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Now it's time to leave the airport and head to the AirTrain station


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And I took the AirTrain to the Newark Airport Train Station.


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I purchased my ticket and I was in the NJ Transit train to New York, two minutes after the AirTrain arrived at the Train station.


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And after arriving at New York Penn Station, I had a coffee and waited until my bus to Washington DC departs.


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And, the journey has came to an end.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you on another report.


Next Report


As I don't know, if I would be able to have time to write Flight-Report's, I decided to remove the coming up section and only share the next report with you. Reports in French would continue when I have more time to write Flight-Report's.


The next report would be another transatlantic flight, but this time on a Boeing with a carrier that describes itself as a full-service carrier in Economy Class. We would see how the flight would go. A lounge report would also be available on this Flight-Report. Some hints of that flight 


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Verdict

LEVEL

9.1/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Buy-on-board menu9.0

Paris - ORY

9.1/10
Efficiency8.5
Access9.0
Services9.5
Cleanliness9.5

Newark - EWR

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

Conclusion

Overall, the flight was good and I would not hesitate to use LEVEL again if they offer cheaper prices like this occasion; you pay what you get for and their aircraft are brand new with comfortable seats, a wonderful IFE, and a great cabin crew system compared to other LCC's. For this flight everything at Paris Orly was smooth and I really enjoyed flying from Orly 3 compared to both CDG T1 and T2. The only negative part of Orly was the wait at the jetbridge as the aircraft was not ready. Newark was also better than expected with a short immigration wait time despite arriving early and arriving at the same time with multiple international flights, however, purchasing a front-row seat for clearing immigration quicker was definitely worth it.

ORY
(+) Easy to access
(+) The wide selection of stores and cafés/restaurants
(+) Reasonable security and passport control wait times
(+) Boarding was made by the respect of groups
(-) Boarding started before the aircraft was ready so we waited 20 minutes at the jetbridge
LV 8009
(+) Comfortable seat and decent legroom
(+) Friendly cabin crew
(+) IFE selections
(+) BoB selections
(-) Wi-Fi was not working
EWR
(+) Immigration wait time
(+) Easy to access

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

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