One year ago, Avelo Airlines took flight for the first time from its West Coast base at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) for the North Bay Area’s Sonoma County Airport (STS).
Today, Avelo celebrates the first anniversary of that inaugural flight which ushered in a new era of choice, convenience and low fares as America’s first new airline in nearly 15 years.
Avelo Airlines Founder, Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said, “One year ago, we endeavored to bring more choice, convenience and everyday affordability to an industry beleaguered by two decades of competition-crushing consolidation.
“I’m very proud of the different and better kind of airline we are building, even as unprecedented challenges continued to confront the airline industry.
“We’ve come a long way and still have a long way to go — but we’re off to a great start.”
Since that first flight, Avelo has flown more than 5,300 flights and 630,000 Customers.
Over the course of flying more than 4 million miles this past year, Avelo has achieved a systemwide on-time arrival rate of 82% and a cancellation rate of well below 1%.
“I want to thank Avelo’s 400 Crewmembers, Customers and Investors for making today’s milestone possible and for the strong tailwind you are giving the next phase of our growth.
“I’m very excited about the magnitude of opportunity ahead of us as record numbers of travelers return to the skies.
“Avelo is the convenient, affordable and caring airline travelers have been waiting for.”
Since taking flight 12 months ago, Avelo has expanded its fleet from three 737s to eight 737s today (three 737-800s and five 737-700s).
The additional aircraft enabled Avelo to expand to the East Coast last November with the opening of the airline’s second base at Southern Connecticut’s most convenient airport — Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN).
As Avelo Airlines soars into its second year, the airline announced today it is adding a third base, five new East Coast routes and a new integrated state-of-the-art Flight Crew training program.
Over the past year, Avelo’s nationwide network has grown from 12 to 27 destinations.
Andrew Levy said, “Avelo is poised for continued growth as we add more planes, more Crewmembers, more destinations and more bases — including our new base in Orlando.
“I’m very appreciative of the warm reception The Sunshine State has greeted Avelo with since we began flying here last November.
“I’m looking forward to the positive economic and community impact Avelo will make in Orlando and across Florida as we increase our investment here in the years ahead.”
Avelo expects to serve at least 10 nonstop destinations from MCO by the end of 2022 (including HVN, which it currently serves).
This summer, Avelo will begin serving three new destinations from MCO:
- Charleston, SC: Beginning June 30, 2022, Avelo will begin service three days per week to Charleston International Airport (CHS) utilizing 737-700 aircraft. Introductory one-way fares start at $39*.
- Washington, D.C.: Between June 30 and September 6, 2022, Avelo will offer seasonal service five days per week to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) utilizing 737-700 aircraft. Introductory one-way fares start at $59*.
- Wilmington, NC: Beginning July 1, 2022, Avelo will begin service three days per week to Wilmington International Airport (ILM) utilizing 737-700 aircraft. Introductory one-way fares start at $49*.