Even in these unprecedented times, two new US airline startups are about to launch. Ultimately, I think the timing isn’t half bad as domestic travel is back in full swing.
One such airline is Breeze Airways, which was founded by the same founder as JetBlue. The other airline is Avelo Airlines, which was founded by a former United and Allegiant manager.
We continue to learn more about what to expect from Avelo Airlines. That’s why I wanted to go into it in this post.
Avelo Airlines Basics
In 2019 we first learned how Andrew Levy, former CEO of Allegiant Travel and United Airlines, founded a new US low-cost airline.
The airline will be known as Avelo Airlines, and the company has a website that is live and the livery has also been revealed. I’m not sure what exactly “Avelo” means, although it does seem like it means “by bike” in French. Hmmm…
Based on what we’ve known so far, the goal for the airline is as follows:
- This will be a US low-cost airline with regular scheduled flights in the US
- The airline will likely fly 189-seat Boeing 737-800s
- The airline will provide a basic transportation service and will be of high quality, high reliability and extremely low fare
- The airline will operate in secondary markets and create a “defensible” route network. We’re not just talking about secondary airports in major cities, we’re talking about underserved point-to-point markets
- In early 2020, the people behind the airline raised $ 125 million
- The airline will have a connection to Houston, hence the name “Houston Air Holdings” (but that does not mean that most of the flights will be to or from Houston).
- The airline has already received Part 121 certification for commercial airlines from XTRA Airways and has overcome this hurdle
The airline recently started hiring (under the brand name XTRA Airways), also for some operational functions. So it looks like we could expect the airline to take off in the not too distant future.
Avelo Airlines offers free bags
Avelo Airlines has put its contract of carriage online. While tickets are not yet on sale and are of course subject to change, the contract of carriage reveals some interesting things about the airline’s plans that are not exactly what I expected.
I assumed Avelo Airlines would be an ultra-low-cost airline like Allegiant, but that doesn’t seem to be quite the goal. It appears that Avelo Airlines plans to offer passengers both a free checked bag and free carry-on baggage:
For each ticketed passenger, XP will carry one (1) piece of checked baggage free of charge that does not exceed 62 inches in overall linear dimensions (length plus width plus height) and weigh not more than 50 pounds. Passengers may also take one (1) additional bag, no more than 45 inches in total length in the overall linear dimensions and weighing no more than 40 pounds, free of charge, which can be stowed under a passenger seat, in a luggage compartment, or on an empty passenger seat
To me this is really surprising and makes the airline seem almost like a cross between Allegiant and Southwest.
While this is nowhere near as interesting, it’s also worth noting that Avelo Airlines’ refundable fares are only refundable up to seven days prior to departure, and they charge a $ 5 fee (note that these apply to refundable tickets, not other tariffs apply):
If no part of the ticket has been used, the refund will be equal to the amount paid less a $ 5.00 processing fee up to seven (7) days prior to travel.
NOTE: Refunds will not be accepted if the refund request is made within seven (7) days of departure.
Avelo Airlines will be a new US airline in the not too distant future. We will learn more about the airline in time and I am sure we will see full details of the airline’s plans in the coming weeks.
Avelo Airlines plans to operate Boeing 737-800s at fairly high density on point-to-point domestic routes. In addition, Avelo Airlines appears to allow both one free checked bag and one free carry-on bag. This makes Avelo Airlines the only US airline other than Southwest to offer this. The airline is very well funded and is founded by an experienced industry manager. I can’t wait to find out more.
This is likely to be a fantastic time to launch a low cost domestic airline considering the amount of catching up to do with travel.
What do you think of Avelo Airlines?