A new airline is offering direct flights up the East Coast from Florida.
Passengers who regularly fly out of Melbourne International Airport may be familiar with the larger carriers like Delta and US Airways with flights that go to Atlanta and Charlotte. Now, a new startup by the name of Elite Airways is saddling up beside these big airlines to offer a new route from Melbourne to Dulles airport, which serves the Washington, D.C. market.
Their 50-passneger regional jet is expected to start flying 3-4 times a week, early next year. Eventually, the CEO says he wants to add flights to New York and Maine, as well as South America and the Caribbean.
Elite airlines strategy is to fill the void at smaller cities with non-stop flights, where the larger airlines have been scaling back. Elite Airways, a smaller and leaner operation, got a good deal on plane purchased from a large airline.
"We are going to make it work by picking the correct frequency between the markets, the correct times of day, and generally making it a non-stop service between those two city points, and giving it a nice service at a very reasonable cost," said Elite Airways CEO John Pearsall.
Pearsall says his flights will have amenities that passengers want on a non-stop flights, including hot meals and iPads in every seat.