Avelo, a new discount airline, begins service

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Avelo Airlines launched with Burbank-Santa Rosa, Calif., service on Wednesday and added flights to Pasco, Wash., on Thursday.
Avelo Airlines launched with Burbank-Santa Rosa, Calif., service on Wednesday and added flights to Pasco, Wash., on Thursday. Photo Credit: Avelo Airlines

Burbank, Calif.-based discount carrier Avelo Airlines has commenced operations.

Avelo launched on Wednesday, carrying passengers between its home airport in the Los Angeles metroplex and Santa Rosa, Calif., in the wine country region of Sonoma County.

A second route launched Thursday morning, operating between Burbank and Pasco, in southeastern Washington state. On Friday, Avelo will add Burbank-Bozeman, Mont., service.

The carrier, founded by former Allegiant president and United CFO Andrew Levy, will be flying 11 routes from Burbank by the end of May on a fleet of three Boeing 737-800s.

Avelo is using an unbundled fare model typical of a ULCC. First checked bags cost $10. Carry-on bags that can't fit below a seat cost $35. Reserving an aisle or window seat costs an extra $5.

Avelo doesn't charge for food and beverage service. Instead, all flyers receive a convenience package containing bottled water, a small snack and hand sanitizer.

The carrier has configured its 737-800s with 189 seats in a single cabin, with the space between rows ranging from 29 inches to 38 inches and seats priced accordingly.

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