Avelo Airlines — one of two start-ups launching this year — is set to commence commercial service on Wednesday, with a round-trip flight from Burbank (BUR) to Santa Rosa (STS), California, departing at 10:30 a.m. local time.
Fanfare is expected at Wednesday’s inaugural. Both the outbound and return flights sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale roughly three weeks ago. Fares started at just $19.
Members of the media and aviation enthusiasts from across the country are descending upon Burbank for the festivities, which include a celebration upon landing in Santa Rosa and a wine tasting luncheon for invited guests.
“Avelo has a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel,” said Avelo Founder, Chairman, and CEO Andrew Levy. “People are ready to reconnect with family and friends and explore new places. Avelo is a different and better kind of airline, built from scratch to offer an affordable, convenient and caring travel experience.”
The Avelo leadership team represents more than 200 years of collective aviation experience. Previously co-founder and president of Allegiant Air and CFO of United Airlines, Levy brings more than two decades of airline leadership experience. In addition to Allegiant and United, Avelo’s leadership team includes former senior executives from Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines.
“After more than 20 years of steadily shrinking consumer choice, the American flying public wants and deserves more options and lower fares,” said Levy. “Avelo offers both — along with a refreshingly smooth and convenient experience.”
Avelo Airlines’ pay for pilots
Before we get into the details of Avelo Airlines’ pay for pilots, and compare it to pay at other airlines, note that:
- Pilots generally get paid for flight hours; the hourly rate might seems high, but pilots aren’t getting paid for anywhere close to 40 hours per week of work
- Pay varies depending on whether you’re captain or first officer, and each year your pay typically increases, up to a certain cap
- Pilots can fly no more than 1,000 hours per year, but most pilots don’t even fly close to that much
With that out of the way, let’s look at Avelo Airlines’ pilot pay. First officers will be paid:
- $55/hour in the first year
- $85/hour in the second year
- $90/hour in the third year
- $100/hour in the fourth year
Meanwhile captains will be paid:
- $130/hour in the first year
- $135/hour in the second year
- $140/hour in the third year
- $145/hour in the fourth year
In other words, at absolute most, first officers will be paid ~$55,000 the first year, while captains will be paid ~$130,000 the first year. And in reality, it’s likely to be way less than that since few pilots reach the 1,000-hour cap. As you can see, the pay increases drastically the second year for first officers, while it increases marginally for captains.
Pay Less. Travel More
The airline will initially operate single-class, fuel-efficient 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft – offering a more comfortable experience than the regional aircraft often utilized by the airports Avelo serves. Surprisingly low everyday fares include no change fees or call center fees for Customers who choose to make reservations by phone.
Avelo also offers several unbundled travel-enhancing options at industry-low prices that give Customers the flexibility to pay for what they value:
- First Checked Bag: $10
- Carry-On Overhead Bag: $35
- Priority Boarding: $10
- Pet in the Cabin: $95
- Seating Options: Customers may choose from several seating options. Avelo’s 189-seat 737-800 aircraft will offer 129 standard slimline 29-inch pitch seats. Pre-reserved window and aisle seating starts at $5. Avelo aircraft will also feature 60 seats with 31 to 38 inches of pitch. These seats start at $18.
Fly with Confidence
Avelo takes every precaution to protect Customer health at the airport and during their flight. Avelo airplanes are regularly cleaned and disinfected. Tray tables, galleys, lavatories, and all other touch surfaces are sanitized every evening with Calla 1452 (hospital-grade) disinfectant. In addition to disinfecting and cleaning daily, Avelo treats the entire airplane regularly with an advanced antimicrobial protectant that kills viruses, germs, and bacteria on all surfaces. This Zoono treatment forms a colorless, odorless protective shield and is safe for human contact.
Additionally, the cabin air is refreshed every two to three minutes by the Boeing 737’s top-down air filtration and ventilation system. The system directs airflow from the ceiling to the bottom of the seat — not front to back — and greatly reduces particle movement throughout the cabin. All Avelo airplanes operate with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters that remove 99.9% of air particles, including viruses like the coronavirus, following manufacturer recommendations.
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