Flying on America’s Latest Airline, Avelo Airways for $19; Evaluation

Avelo Airways made its debut on April 28 after breaking from cowl earlier within the month. The ultra-low-cost airline goals to reap the benefits of the growth in leisure vacationers which have been wanting to fly once more.

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

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A complete of 11 routes are being launched from Burbank. The preliminary slate of locations consists of Santa Rosa, California; Pasco, Washington; Bozeman, Montana; Phoenix, Arizona; Ogden, Utah; Grand Junction, Colorado; Medford, Oregon; Eugene, Oregon; Bend, Oregon; Eureka, California; and Redding, California.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


I flew on Avelo from Burbank to Santa Rosa within the world-famous Sonoma County on the airline’s first day of flights. Here is what it was like.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Arriving at Avelo’s new house base at Hollywood Burbank Airport simply north of Los Angeles, I felt transported again in time. The one-level terminal is harking back to the early days of aviation.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


With the ability to use extra handy airports like Burbank is an enormous draw for patrons to Avelo. Solely a handful of airways serve this airport, regardless that it boasts an ease of entry that wildly surpasses Los Angeles Worldwide.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


“We’re constructed to supply low fares, however on the identical time we’ll provide a terrific degree of comfort by using Burbank, which we predict might be the perfect secondary airport within the nation,” Levy advised Insider in a previous interview.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Avelo’s ticketing counter was not exhausting to seek out within the small terminal and its airport employees was out in pressure for the inaugural flight. Boarding passes cannot be printed from self-serve kiosks as Avelo does not but have that performance.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


I had checked within the night time earlier than and will have printed a boarding go however I nonetheless wanted to verify my bag. Fortunately, there’s was no line as we had been the primary and solely flight of the day.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


As was the case for many passengers, I solely paid $19 for the ticket. However all I acquired for $19 was the ticket as baggage and reserved seat assignments didn’t come included.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Avelo is an ultra-low-cost so bringing any bag bigger than a backpack will incur a payment. Carry-ons value $35 however checked baggage solely value $10, a number of the least expensive pricing within the trade for luggage meant to encourage extra checked baggage.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


However my whole ticket value got here out to solely $29 as I checked my bag for $10.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Ticket in hand, I headed to the gate for the primary departure. Any gate is a brief stroll when departing from Burbank.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Two of Avelo’s flagship plane, the Boeing 737-800, had been parked on the terminal. Avelo at the moment has plans for six plane and 400 crew members by the top of 2021.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


The paint job is an attention-grabbing purple, white, and yellow that made these 15-year-old plane look model new.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Flights to Santa Rosa depart within the morning and return within the late afternoon, sufficient time for a Sonoma County wine tasting if Southern Californians need to take an inexpensive day journey up north.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


This was the primary flight of a model new airline so inaugural festivities had been so as. “Avelo’s objective is to encourage journey and right now we start that course of of creating it simple, and handy, and reasonably priced with on a regular basis low fares, for patrons to have the ability to select us,” Levy stated.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


And with the reducing of the ribbon, it was time for boarding to start.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Avelo boards in teams, with six in whole, and hasn’t adopted the pandemic follow of back-to-front boarding. The primary three teams are precedence boarding and the ultimate three are basic boarding.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


One of many perks of flying into and out of Burbank airport is ramps are used as a substitute of jetways. It permits for nice views of the plane.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Parked subsequent to our aircraft was a nearly-identical backup plane, prepared for simply in case one thing went fallacious.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


Many onboard had been aviation lovers excited to make historical past by flying on a model new airline.

Flying on Avelo Airlines

Flying on the primary flight of Avelo Airways.

Thomas Pallini/Insider


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