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Release Date: 21-Feb-2019
February 21, 2019 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today announced that it is a member of TSA Pre ®, an expedited screening program that enables travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 U.S. airports. With a five-year, $85 membership, passengers can breeze through airport security without the need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. In January 2019, 94% of TSA Pre passengers waited in security lines for less than 5 minutes.
Already a TSA Pre member?
Next time you book at EliteAirways.com, enter your Known Traveler Number (KTN) in the online reservation and you’re all set! Or, call Elite Airways customer service at 877-393-2510 to update your profile with your KTN at least 72-hours before your next flight.
Not yet a member?
1. Read up on TSA Pre and Apply Online
Submit an online application in five minutes and schedule an appointment at any of the 380+ enrollment centers.
2. Appear in person for a brief Background Check
Once scheduled, proceed to a 10-minute, in person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprinting. A 5-year membership costs $85.00.
3. Enjoy shorter lines at the airport as a member of TSA Pre
Once approved, you’ll receive a “Known Traveler Number” to input when making an airline reservation. The TSA Pre logo will appear on your boarding pass—signaling that you may use TSA Pre lanes at select security checkpoints when traveling on more than 60 participating airlines, including Elite Airways.Read more
Release Date: 15-Feb-2019
Starting March 16, passengers can fly nonstop between TVC and SRQ starting at $199 ea. way*; Tickets Now on Sale at 877-373-2910 and EliteAirways.com
February 15, 2019 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today announced new nonstop jet service between Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Northern Michigan and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Beginning on March 16, flights will depart every Saturday from SRQ at 8:30am ET, arriving TVC at 11:30am and depart TVC at 12:30pm, returning to SRQ at 3:30pm ET. Early-bird fares start at $199.00 each way* and tickets are available at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.
Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Elite Airways passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees (see website for details). Elite Airways is also pet friendly.
“Elite Airways is pleased to begin nonstop jet service between Traverse City and Sarasota-Bradenton next month, which will be ideal for vacationers traveling in either direction,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “Our hope is to expand to twice-weekly service this summer as demand for vacation travel increases. We believe there’s good synergy between these two popular vacation destinations, and wish to thank airport officials in Traverse City and Saratota-Bradenton for their support.”Read more
Release Date: 11-Jan-2019
Includes Airfare to/from Florida on Elite Airways, Transfer, Lift Ticket, and 3- or 4-night Stay at Sugarloaf Inn Starting at $699/pp based on double occupancy; Book Now at 877-393-2510 and www.EliteAirways.com
January 11, 2019 – Portland, ME – Maine’s largest airline, Elite Airways, today announced a partnership with Sugarloaf, located in the Carrabassett Valley, to offer winter ski packages for vacationers and Florida-based passengers. The Elite Maine Ski Package includes round-trip airfare on Elite Airways from either Orlando-Melbourne Airport in east central Florida or Sarasota-Bradenton Airport on the gulf coast of Florida to Maine, along with airport transfer, lift ticket, and lodging at the Sugarloaf Inn—starting at $699.00 per person for either a 3-night Thu-Sun stay or 4-night Sun-Thu stay, based on double occupancy. It also includes first checked bag or oversized ski/snowboard bag for free* (see EliteAirways.com for details).
Sugarloaf is the largest ski area in the East and home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine according to Golf Digest. The Sugarloaf Inn is a convenient Ski In, Ski Out lodging option that combines the intimate charm of a slope-side mountain lodge with practical, modern amenities and accommodations. The Shipyard Brew Haus, located on the first floor of the Inn, offers indoor dining as well as an outdoor patio with live music, food, and Shipyard Brewing Co. award-winning, Maine-brewed craft beer.
“Today’s announcement reflects Elite Airways’ commitment to expanding opportunities in our home state of Maine, and to bringing new business to Sugarloaf and surrounding communities,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We believe our partnership with Sugarloaf is the beginning of good things to come as we look to add more Sugarloaf vacation packages throughout the summer and fall, and more flight destinations in and out of Maine in 2019.”
“We’re happy and proud to be associated with a great airline like Elite Airways,” said Joe Christopher, President of Sugarloaf Inn. “We’re looking forward to exposing Elite Airway’s guests to all that Maine’s Western Mountains region has to offer. We’ll have packages to include the skiing, the golfing, the mountain biking, and we’re even going to have packages to include whitewater rafting at Three Rivers Whitewater.”Read more
Release Date: 10-Jan-2019
Modern-built Hangar to House the Airline’s Northern Maintenance Operations; Anticipated to Bring 100 New Jobs to the Auburn Lewiston Area
January 10, 2019 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways today announced that it has signed a long-term lease agreement with the Auburn-Lewiston Airport for 27,000 square-feet of hangar and future office space. This modern-built facility will serve as the airline’s northern maintenance base to support its growing fleet of jet aircraft.
Elite Airways is headquartered in Portland, ME and operates a successful charter business throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and South America, with select scheduled service throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. The airline operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record.
Beginning January 15, Elite Airways will occupy the largest hangar on Airport property and is estimated to bring upwards of 100 new high-skilled jobs to the Auburn-Lewiston area. These include aircraft maintenance technicians, mechanics, support personnel, pilots and flight crew. Today’s announcement significantly expands Elite’s Maine-based operations and reflects the airline’s continued growth and momentum. In the past year, Elite Airways nearly doubled its workforce and added additional aircraft—bringing its current fleet to 18 aircraft.
“As Maine’s largest airline, Elite Airways is proud to consider Auburn-Lewiston Airport home to our new northern maintenance operations base,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We anticipate adding another 100 employees and four new aircraft as a result of this new facility. We’d like to thank airport officials for their support, and look forward to future opportunities to further expand our operations in Maine.”
“Today’s announcement is an exciting one as we welcome Elite Airways to the Auburn Lewiston Airport. I believe Elite’s choice reflects the quality of our airport and the improvements we have made over the last several years, as well as the vitality of Androscoggin County and the economic opportunities the area presents,” said Bettyann Sheats, Chair, Auburn Lewiston Airport Board. “With a long-term lease now in place valued at $2.6 million dollars, we are well positioned to continue with plans for additional expansion. I am looking forward to exploring opportunities with Elite Airways to mutually grow our operations.”Read more
Release Date: 22-Aug-2018
Unveils New Service Between Key West/Melbourne FL & Long Island Islip/Melbourne/Bimini; Tickets Now on Sale at www.EliteAirways.com and 877-393-2510
August 22, 2018 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today announced seasonal adjustments and expansions to its scheduled service routes. The revisions include new service between Key West and Melbourne in Florida, and the return of service in Long Island Islip with nonstop service to Melbourne and connecting service to Bimini in the Bahamas. The airline also unveils adjustments to existing routes this Fall to accommodate anticipated seasonal demands. Please visit EliteAirways.com for exact schedules, times and fares. Elite Airways 2018 Fall/Winter route adjustments include:
“We are pleased to add new service to Key West and announce our return to Long Island Islip with service to Melbourne and Bimini, while also making schedule adjustments for anticipated seasonal travel patterns,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “Elite Airways wishes to thank its passengers, as well as airport and community partners, as we expand with new destinations next year while also resuming our most popular seasonal routes. We will be announcing new destinations and 2019 spring routes soon.”Read more
Release Date: 06-May-2018
PORTLAND, Maine —Vacationers in southern Maine now have a new Florida destination that they can reach with a non-stop flight from Portland International Jetport.
Elite Airways began non-stop Sunday flights from Portland, Maine to Vero Beach, Florida Sunday, a small coastal city between Orlando and Miami. The airline will begin offering the same flight on Thursdays starting on June 7th for around $200.
Elite Airways is headquartered in Portland and has its base of operations in Orlando. The airline, which began its operations in 2014, now flies 11 planes to 13 different destinations, including Orlando and Sarasota.
Release Date: 27-Mar-2018
March 27, 2018 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today unveiled its 2018 spring/summer schedule adjustments with a total of 11 nonstop routes between its most popular vacation destinations. The revised schedule includes the resume of service between White Plains, NY and Sarasota-Bradenton, FL on June 15 after a brief seasonal pause in May, plus several new routes starting soon (previously announced), and some adjustments to existing routes in May and June to accommodate seasonal demand. Please visit EliteAirways.com for exact schedules, times and fares.
Elite Airways 2018 Spring/Summer Schedule – Nonstop Jet Service Between:
“We are extremely pleased to offer 11 nonstop routes this spring and summer, with adjustments to accommodate seasonal travel patterns along with several new routes in some of our most popular markets,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “Elite Airways wishes to thank its passengers, as well as airport and community partners, as we continue to grow and look to add even more routes later in the year.”Read more
Release Date: 25-Jan-2018
January 25, 2018 – Vero Beach, FL – Expanding upon its popular Vero Beach service, Elite Airways LLC unveiled new nonstop jet service in/out of Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) to Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains New York, Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Maine, and the return of seasonal service to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina. The news underscores Elite’s continued growth and success with its Northeast/Southeast leisure routes and doubles its presence in Vero Beach with four destinations for passengers.
Elite Airways’ Vero Beach (VRB) nonstop jet service is as follows:
* Asheville, NC (AVL) starts April 5 on Thursdays & Sundays starting at $179 each way*
* White Plains, NY (HPN) starts April 6 on Fridays & Mondays starting at $239 each way
* Portland, ME (PWM) starts May 6 on Sundays & adds Thursdays on June 7 starting at $199 each way
* Newark, NJ (EWR) on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays & Mondays starting at $239 each way
Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Elite Airways passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees (see website for details). Elite Airways is also pet friendly.Read more
Release Date: 20-Jun-2017
CTV News Atlantic spoke with Elite Airways President, John Pearsall, regarding the start of nonstop jet service between Halifax Stanfield and Portland Jetport. beginning on June 30th.
According to CTV’s Sarah Richie: “Elite Airways is looking to tap into what it calls an ‘underserved’ market. Beginning June 30th, this small airline will offer direct [nonstop] flights between Halifax and Portland Maine on Thursdays and Sundays.”
“There’s quite an amount of business and personal travel between Halifax and Portland Maine,” said Elite Airways president, John Pearsall.
Release Date: 19-Jun-2017
(Bangor, Maine, USA) C&L Aviation Group has signed a 3-year Aircraft Maintenance Support Agreement with Elite Airways to perform aircraft heavy maintenance services on their fleet CRJ 100, 200 and 700 aircraft. These services will include heavy checks, aircraft painting, interior refurbishment, and other maintenance support responsibilities.
C&L is a global aviation services and aftermarket support provider for regional and corporate aircraft specializing in aircraft maintenance, aircraft refurbishment and re-marketing, quality parts, sales and leasing, and has extensive experience working with the Bombardier CRJ aircraft.
“C&L Aviation Services is very pleased to continue our partnership with Elite Airways in supporting their fleet of aircraft”, said Calvin Tuitt, SVP of Business Development MRO for C&L Aviation Services. “We are committed to bringing a substantial amount of value to Elite with our complete in-house capabilities and high level of customer service as we perform the work on these CRJ regional jets at our facility in Bangor.”Read more
Release Date: 19-Jun-2017
ANDOVER, Mass., June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Weather Company, an IBM Business (NYSE: IBM), announced today that it will be expanding its relationship with Elite Airways, a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier providing charter and scheduled service throughout North and South America. Elite Airways is expanding upon its current use of The Weather Company's WSI Fusion global tracking and dispatch services by adding a suite of aviation products that are designed to provide the airline with the critical flight planning information it needs to make the most informed decisions for its crew and passengers.
The Weather Company solutions can provide Elite Airways with weather data and decision support tools and analytical insights to help dispatchers and pilots navigate around hazardous weather. In addition to using WSI Fusion, the global tracking and dispatch service, the suite of products powering Elite Airways' critical-decision making will now include:
"As our fleet continues to grow, The Weather Company will continue to be an essential partner in our flight operations planning," said John Pearsall, president & director of operations for Elite Airways. "Building upon the foundation set by the WSI Fusion global track and dispatch services, we will now be able to better serve our Pilots and Dispatchers with additional robust and reliable flight planning tools that will help increase confidence and operational efficiency."Read more
Release Date: 25-May-2017
May 25, 2017 – Vero Beach, FL – Elite Airways LLC held inaugural flight ceremonies in Florida and North Carolina today, marking the start of scheduled nonstop jet service between Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) and Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). Flights depart Vero Beach on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:15 a.m. and depart Asheville at 9:30 a.m. Early-bird fares start at $179 each way and tickets are now on sale at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.
Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees (see website for details). Asheville is located within North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for a vibrant arts scene, national parks and hiking trails, and historic architecture. Vero Beach offers luxury beachfront living and resorts, world-class golf, dining, shopping, fine arts and cultural attractions.
“Today marks the start of nonstop jet service between Vero Beach, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina—two very popular destinations for arts, culture, music, and R&R,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We have high expectations for this route, and thank city and airport officials for their support.”Read more
Release Date: 10-Jan-2017
Elite Airways Flights Now Available on some of the World’s Leading Online Travel Sites Including Expedia, Travelocity and Hotwire
January 10, 2017 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Expedia, Inc., the world’s largest online travel company, to offer its flights on Expedia.com, Travelocity and Hotwire.
The agreement enables passengers to consider Elite Airways when planning their travel online with Expedia.com, Travelocity and Hotwire, for convenient nonstop routes and competitive prices to destinations to and from Maine, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Colorado, Illinois and Texas. Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees (see website for details). Elite Airways is also pet friendly.
“Our agreement with Expedia will increase Elite Airways’ visibility within some of the largest travel websites,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We anticipate growth in reservations as more passengers become aware of our year-round and seasonal routes between our unique destinations with non-stop service.”Read more