On April 28, new discount airline Avelo completed its first flight, taking off from Hollywood Burbank Airport and landing at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport in California wine country about an hour later.
Avelo was announced in early April. The new airline’s fleet currently consists of three single-class, 189-seat Boeing 737-800 jets. By year’s end, Avelo hopes to have added three more “next-generation 737 aircraft” to its roster. It also hopes to employ 400-500 people by that time.
The airline’s main claim to fame will be it’s low rates.
“After more than 20 years of steadily shrinking consumer choice, the American flying public wants and deserves more options and lower fares,” Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said at a press conference earlier this month (via Skies Mag).
“People are ready to reconnect with family and friends and explore new places,” he added.
Avelo will initially offer 11 non-stop routes between Burbank and “markets across the western U.S.” Those routes will connect Burbank to “small, easy to navigate airports” in Utah, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado and Arizona. Fairs for those flights will start at as little as $19 one way.
Avelo’s launch coincides with the loosening of travel restrictions across the United States and further afield.
“We’re itching to get out there and get back on airplanes,” Levy said. “But right now, especially as we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel . . . and as more people get vaccinated, we’re really looking forward to seeing you out there on one of our airplanes.”