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Elite Airways Announces New Service in Rochester MN, St. Augustine FL, Phoenix AZ, and Laughlin NV

Release Date: 31-May-2018

Connects three Mayo Clinic campus cities with twice-weekly nonstop jet service starting mid-July; tickets now on sale at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com

May 31, 2018 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today unveiled new service between Rochester International Airport (RST) in Minnesota, Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine Florida, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Arizona. The twice-weekly nonstop flights will help connect Mayo Clinic headquarters in Rochester with other campus locations in Phoenix and St. Augustine, and provide flexibility for weekend or weeklong travel. Elite also adds nonstop service between Phoenix and Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (IFP), allowing passengers to fly directly in and out of Laughlin twice a week with the option of connecting to other flights in Phoenix.

The new scheduled service begins July 19 & 20 as follows:

  • Rochester (RST) / St. Augustine (UST) – Mon. & Fridays, starting at $299 each way*
  • Rochester (RST) / Phoenix (PHX) – Thurs. & Sundays, starting at $299 each way
  • Laughlin (IFP) / Phoenix (PHX) – Thurs. & Sundays, starting at $99 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. For schedules, flight times and tickets, please call 877-393-2510 or visit EliteAirways.com. 

“Elite Airways is pleased to launch in Rochester with nonstop jet service to Phoenix and St. Augustine; we believe the service will be embraced by business and leisure travelers, as well as Mayo Clinic staff, patients and families looking to travel between campuses,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We are also adding twice-weekly service between Laughlin and Phoenix, which will return an important service route to passengers who want the convenience of flying directly in and out of Laughlin.”

“Today’s exciting announcement is good news for Mayo Clinic patients, staff and the Rochester community as a whole. These nonstop flights will make air travel between Rochester and the clinic’s two others campuses in Arizona and Florida easier, quicker and more convenient. We are pleased Elite Airways is offering this new service that will benefit our patients and staff,” said Steven McNeill, chief planning officer for Mayo Clinic and president of the Rochester Airport Company Board.

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WMTW: Elite Airways begins non-stop flights from Portland to new Florida location

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.

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Elite Airways Unveils Spring/Summer Schedule with 11 Nonstop Routes

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:

  • White Plains (HPN) / Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) – Mondays & Fridays, resumes June 15
  • Portland Jetport (PWM) / Vero Beach (VRB) – Sundays & Thursdays, starts June 3
  • Portland Jetport (PWM) / Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) – Sundays & Thursdays, adjusts May 3
  • White Plains (HPN) / Vero Beach (VRB) – Fridays & Mondays, starts April 6
  • White Plains (HPN) / Myrtle Beach (MYR) – Sundays & Thursdays, starts April 5
  • Albany (ALB) / Myrtle Beach (MYR) – Sundays & Thursdays, starts April 5
  • Asheville (AVL) / Vero Beach (VRB) – Sundays & Thursdays, resumes April 5
  • Orlando-Melbourne (MLB) / Bimini, Bahamas (BIM) – Sundays & Thursdays
  • Orlando-Melbourne (MLB) / Portland Jetport (PWM) – Mondays & Fridays adjusts July 2
  • Newark (EWR) / Vero Beach (VRB) – Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • Newark (EWR) / Bimini, Bahamas (BIM) – Sundays & Thursdays

“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.”

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Elite Airways Adds Nonstop Jet Service to Vero Beach, Florida from Portland, Maine

Release Date: 25-Jan-2018

January 25, 2018 – Portland, ME – Expanding on its popular service to Florida, Elite Airways LLC unveiled new service at Portland International Jetport (PWM) to Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB). Nonstop jet service is being offered on Sundays starting May 6, with the addition of Thursdays starting on June 7, for convenient weekend or week-long travel. Situated on the eastern coast of Florida between Palm Beach County and Brevard County to the north, Vero Beach is known for beautiful beaches, great shopping and an excellent arts and theater district. Today’s news underscores Elite’s continued growth and success with its Maine-to-Florida leisure routes, and marks an expanded presence at PWM with three regularly scheduled destinations.

Elite Airways’ Portland, Maine (PWM) nonstop jet service to/from:

* Vero Beach (VRB) starts May 6 on Sundays & adds Thursdays on June 7 starting at $199 each way*
* Orlando-Melbourne (MLB) on Fridays & Mondays starting at $199 each way
* Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) on Thursdays & Sundays starting at $199 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.    

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Elite Airways Expands in Vero Beach with Nonstop Jet Service to White Plains, NY and Portland, ME starting this Spring

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.

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Announcing New Nonstop Routes to/from Myrtle Beach: Albany and White Plains NY

Release Date: 17-Jan-2018

January 17, 2018 – Myrtle Beach, SC – As the first of several new destinations to be introduced this year, Elite Airways LLC unveiled two nonstop routes in/out of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) starting the first week in April. These include Albany International Airport (ALB) and Westchester County Airport (HPN) in New York, with early-bird fares starting at $199 each way*. 

Today’s multi-market announcement underscores Elite’s continued growth and success with its Northeast/Southeast leisure routes, and marks an expanded presence in Myrtle Beach—a popular vacation destination that attracts millions each year for its more than 60 miles of sandy beaches, world-class entertainment, shops, restaurants, family-friendly attractions and nearly 80 golf courses.

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 (or one oversized golf bag), and no ticketing change fees (see website for details). Elite Airways is also pet friendly.

Twice-weekly nonstop jet service to/from Myrtle Beach (MYR):

  • Albany, NY (ALB) starts April 5. Thursdays & Sundays starting at $199 each way
  • White Plains, NY (HPN) starts April 5. Thursdays & Sundays starting at $199 each way

“We are pleased to start scheduled service at Albany this year while expanding our presence in White Plains and Myrtle Beach, and believe this is a win-win for passengers looking to enjoy world-class vacation getaways,” said Elite Airways president John Pearsall. “All Myrtle Beach fares include first checked bag or oversized golf bag for free, plus no ticketing change fees—all of which add up to compelling cost savings for passengers who want flexibility and peace of mind. We look forward to a very successful start of service in April and thank airport and community leaders in Myrtle Beach, Albany and White Plains for their support.”

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Elite Airways Adds Holiday Nonstop Flights between New Bedford, MA and Vero Beach, FL

Release Date: 21-Nov-2017

Elite Airways LLC today announced the availability of nonstop flights between New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in Mass. and Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida during and around the December holidays. 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.

Situated in the 6th largest city in Mass., New Bedford Regional Airport is 55 miles from Boston, 47 miles from Cape Cod and only 31 miles from Providence, RI. Located on central Florida’s east coast, Vero Beach offers year-round tropical beaches, golfing and offshore fishing, and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort–a coastal Launchpad for excursions to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando theme parks. Early bird fares start at $239.00 each way* and are scheduled as follows:

SOUTHBOUND: New Bedford, MA to Vero Beach, FL:

  • Saturday, Dec. 16:  Depart EWB 10:00am arrive VRB 12:45pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 23:  Depart EWB 1:45pm arrive VRB 4:30pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 30:  Depart EWB 1:45pm arrive VRB 4:30pm
  • Monday, Jan. 1:  Depart EWB 1:45pm arrive VRB 4:30pm

NORTHBOUND: Vero Beach, FL to New Bedford, MA:

  • Saturday, Dec. 23:  Depart VRB 10:00am arrive EWB 12:45pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 30:  Depart VRB 10:00am arrive EWB 12:45pm
  • Monday, Jan. 1:  Depart VRB 10:00am arrive EWB 12:45pm

According to Elite Airways president John Pearsall, “Vero Beach is becoming a hot destination for vacationers and seasonal residents alike, and we are pleased to offer holiday nonstops to New Bedford. As we head into one of the most stressful times for travel, Elite Airways offers much-needed relief with convenient nonstop flights out of smaller regional airports. This allows passengers to avoid traffic jams, crowds and long lines, and enjoy more quality time with friends and family during the holidays.”

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Elite Airways Adds Holiday Nonstops between White Plains, NY and Vero Beach, FL

Release Date: 20-Oct-2017

October 20, 2017 - Portland, ME - Elite Airways has added new roundtrip flights between White Plains, NY (Westchester County Airport HPN) and Vero Beach, Florida (VRB) during and around the December holiday weeks—providing tri-state area residents with more opportunities to fly back and forth to east central Florida during the holidays. Early bird fares start at $199.00 each way and are scheduled as follows:

Thursdays & Sundays between Dec. 21, 2017 and Jan. 4, 2018:

  * Depart VRB 2:15 p.m. arrive HPN 5:00 p.m.
  * Depart HPN 5:45 p.m. arrive VRB 8:30 p.m.

The airline’s new nonstop service between White Plains and Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida (SRQ) on the west coast of Florida is set to begin Nov. 10th, with nonstop flights on Fridays and Mondays starting at $179 each way (see press release below).

According to Elite Airways president John Pearsall, “We’ve been listening to customer requests and are pleased to provide twice-weekly nonstop jet service between White Plains and Vero Beach during the holidays. Nonstop jet service is a travel time-saver and eliminates the need for connections—both of which contribute to a more enjoyable flying experience.”

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. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-393-2510 or visit: EliteAirways.com.

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Elite Airways Introduces Nonstop Jet Service Between White Plains, NY and Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

Release Date: 01-Sep-2017

Twice-weekly Nonstop Service between SRQ and HPN begins Friday, November 10; Tickets start at $179 each way, Now on Sale at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com

September 1, 2017 – White Plains, NY and Sarasota-Bradenton, FL – Expanding upon its successful commercial airline routes between Florida and the northeast, Elite Airways LLC today announced the addition of new twice-weekly nonstop flights between Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in Florida. The new flights will operate on Fridays and Mondays beginning on November 10, 2017 with early-bird fares starting at $179 each way*. Tickets are now available for purchase 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). Elite Airways is also pet friendly. The newly added flights are as follows:

Fridays & Mondays, starting November 10:

  • Departs Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) at 8:00 a.m. - Arrives Westchester County (HPN) at 10:30 a.m.
  • Departs Westchester County (HPN) at 11:15 a.m. - Arrives Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) at 1:45 p.m.

“The consumer demand for New York to Florida service continues to be strong, and we are thrilled to introduce nonstop service between White Plains and Sarasota-Bradenton this fall,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “Nonstop jet service is a travel time-saver and eliminates the need for connections—both of which contribute to a more enjoyable flying experience, especially during winter months and peak holiday periods. We sincerely appreciate the support from community and airport leaders in Westchester County, White Plains and Sarasota-Bradenton to help us introduce this new route.”

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Elite Airways Adjusts Schedule for Halifax to Portland Route and Adds Continuing Service to Sarasota-Bradenton Starting July 2

Release Date: 21-Jun-2017

Portland, MEElite Airways LLC announced a schedule adjustment for its new nonstop jet service between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine. Starting July 2, passengers can fly nonstop on Thursdays and Sundays from Halifax to Portland, or book continuing service to Sarasota-Bradenton in the heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Likewise, Sarasota-Bradenton passengers who already enjoy nonstop jet service to Portland can also book through to Halifax. One-way “early bird” fares start at $99.00* (USD) for Halifax/Portland, $199.00 (USD) for Portland/Sarasota-Bradenton, and $229.00 (USD) for Halifax/Sarasota-Bradenton, and include all taxes and fees. 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). Today’s announcement expands upon the airline’s successful service between Florida and the Northeast by extending service into Atlantic Canada. The new schedule will operate as follows:

Thursdays & Sundays, Starting July 2:

  • Departs Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) at 9:30 a.m. - Arrives Portland (PWM) at 12:30 p.m.
  • Departs Portland (PWM) at 1:15 p.m. - Arrives Halifax (YHZ) at 3:30 p.m. *one hour time change
  • Departs Halifax (YHZ) at 4:15 p.m. - Arrives Portland (PWM) at 4:30 p.m. *one hour time change
  • Departs Portland (PWM) at 5:15 p.m. - Arrives Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) 8:15 p.m.

“The demand for our flights between Maine and Florida continues to be strong, and we believe there’s a unique opportunity to extend this service to Halifax, Nova Scotia—as Florida is also a key market for Canada,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “As a Maine-based business we are especially proud to expand our Florida to Northeast routes to now include Atlantic Canada, and we thank government, city and airport officials for their support.”

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CTV 5 News Atlantic: Airline Could Cause Travel Competition

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.

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Elite Airways Signs 3-year Agreement with C&L Aviation Group

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.”

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Elite Airways Enhances Flight Operations and Planning with Decision Support Solutions from The Weather Company, an IBM Business

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:

  • Fusion Flight Planning, powered by PPS: the industry's most advanced, proactive flight monitoring application, fusing public and proprietary weather information with real-time flight and airspace data into one common situational view
  • Enroute Hazards: precise and actionable advisories, and guidance, and can enable you to optimize routing, reduce fuel contingencies and improve safety
  • Pilotbrief Optima: high quality, actionable and industry-standard aviation weather graphics and briefings.
  • Digital Flight Release: paperless weather, briefings and notifications (like NOTAMs, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs) designed to help streamline the process of distributing flight information.

"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."

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Elite Airways Inaugural Flight Marks Start of Nonstop Jet Service between Vero Beach and Asheville, NC

Release Date: 25-May-2017

May 25, 2017Vero Beach, FLElite 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.”

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Elite Airways Announces International Nonstop Jet Service between Portland, Maine and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Release Date: 03-May-2017

May 3, 2017 – Portland, Maine – Expanding its international service routes, Elite Airways LLC announced new nonstop jet service between Portland, Maine and Halifax, Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada. Beginning on Friday, June 30, Elite Airways will operate one round-trip flight per day on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays between Portland International Jetport (PWM) and Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport serving more than 3.9 million passengers annually. Tickets start as low as $169.00 USD each way* and are now available for purchase 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 50 lbs., and no ticketing change fees* (see website for details). Today’s announcement represents the airline’s third international route introduced this spring and its first scheduled service in Canada. Last month, Elite Airways announced twice weekly nonstop jet service between New York City/Newark and the Island of Bimini in the Bahamas and between Orlando-Melbourne Florida and Bimini, expanding upon its southeast routes.

“Halifax and Portland are both very popular destinations, and we designed this route to be convenient for business and leisure travelers who prefer a one-hour nonstop flight rather than to connect through other airports, take a long ferry ride, or a 13 hour drive,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We plan to further expand this route in the fall so that passengers from Halifax can connect to other Florida destinations in Portland on Elite Airways. Today’s announcement is especially rewarding as a Maine-based business expanding our northeast service routes to include Atlantic Canada, and we thank community and airport leaders in Halifax and Portland for their support.”

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Elite Airways Introduces NYC/Newark to Bimini in the Bahamas

Release Date: 25-Apr-2017

BAHAMAS WEEKLY:  New Airlift to Bimini from Newark
By Michelle Malcolm
Apr 24, 2017 - 3:32:14 

Book by June 1st to receive a $100 resort credit at Resorts World Bimini

North Bimini, Bahamas - Resorts World Bimini, a sprawling 750-acre luxury beachfront resort, casino and marina on the Bahamian Out Island of North Bimini, in partnership with Elite Airways, is pleased to announce the first ever non-stop service from Newark to Bimini, slated to launch on June 1, 2017.

In celebration of the new route, Resorts World Bimini is offering a $100 resort credit to any guest who books the flight between now and June 1, 2017. There are no restrictions on travel dates, provided the booking is made before the June 1 inaugural flight. Upon check-in, guests simply show their boarding pass from their arrival flight to receive the credit, which can be used at any of the six on-property restaurants, retail outlets, or toward a treatment at the Serenity Spa & Salon.

The new non-stop flight from Newark to Bimini will be available two days a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, departing Newark Liberty International Airport at 1:45 p.m. and arriving in Bimini at 4:30 p.m. The direct flight from Bimini to Newark leaves at 8:45 a.m. with a stop in Melbourne, Florida. This marks the first time tri- state residents can travel directly to Resorts World Bimini, without the added travel time of a layover in Fort Lauderdale or Miami airports. Introductory flight fares for the new route will begin at $298 round-trip.

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Elite Airways Introduces Nonstop Jet Service between Asheville, NC and Vero Beach Florida Starting at $179 each way

Release Date: 24-Mar-2017

March 24, 2017Vero Beach, FLElite Airways LLC today announced new nonstop flights between Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) and Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina. The new flights, scheduled on Thursdays and Sundays between VRB and AVL will begin on May 25. 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.

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Elite Airways Announces New Bimini/Caribbean Nonstop Jet Service from Orlando Melbourne International Airport Starting at $99 Each Way

Release Date: 22-Mar-2017

Elite Airways LLC today announced the introduction of nonstop jet service to the island of Bimini starting at $99 each way*. Beginning on April 27, Elite Airways will operate two flights per day on Thursdays and Sundays between Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and South Bimini Airport (BIM). The new route offers east-central Florida residents with a convenient alternative to driving or flying to south Florida or the gulf coast to catch a flight to Bimini. Tickets are now available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast and known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the U.S. with miles of secluded beaches, four-star hotels, and the Resorts World Bimini Casino and Marina. 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 50 lbs., and no ticketing change fees* (see website for details).

“Today’s announcement marks the first scheduled international jet service to Bimini – a hidden gem for luxury tropical vacations, destination weddings, and off-shore fishing and diving,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We’ve designed this schedule for convenient weekend travel or even a day trip to Bimini for world-class fishing, diving, golf or gambling. Today’s news also underscores Elite’s continued growth and success, and we appreciate the support of airport and community leaders.”

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Elite Airways Nonstop Jet Service Between Vero Beach, FL and New York City/Newark has been Extended Through 2018

Release Date: 09-Mar-2017

March 9, 2017 – Vero Beach, FL – Elite Airways LLC today announced that it has extended its scheduled nonstop jet service between Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) has been extended through January 7, 2018. Regularly scheduled flights are now available through the remainder of the year along with daily flights added during the November and December holiday weeks. Early-bird fares starting at $199 each way are subject to availability and tickets are available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Founded in 2006, 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.

“The Vero Beach/Newark route continues to be a home run with passengers and the community and we are pleased to extend the service through to next year,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We also continue to look for additional routes to further expand service at Vero Beach Regional Airport, which has been an outstanding partner for Elite Airways.”

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Elite Airways Postpones the Start of Scheduled Jet Service at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport

Release Date: 30-Jan-2017

January 30, 2017 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today announced that it has postponed the start of service at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). The nonstop jet service to New York City/Newark (EWR) and Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), which was scheduled to begin on March 13th, has been postponed due to the challenging perceptions surrounding the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

“It was a difficult decision to postpone the start of service at PHF, as the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport has been a terrific partner to work with,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We strongly believe in the market and want to give this service the best possible climate to start in. Postponing the start date will allow both the airline and the airport to be more successful in launching new air service to meet the needs of the community.”

All ticketed passengers are being contacted and will be fully refunded immediately; they can also call the airline at 877-393-2510. Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners and maintains an impeccable safety record. 

“We will continue to work closely with airport officials in the coming months and look forward to the opportunity to bring new service to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in the future,” continued Pearsall.

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Elite Airways Announces Distribution Agreement with Expedia, Inc.

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.”

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Elite Airways expanding facilities, flights at Vero Beach Airport

Release Date: 06-Dec-2016

TCPalm.com by Colleen Wixon — VERO BEACH — Elite Airways on Tuesday revealed plans for a major expansion at Vero Beach Regional Airport that could bring a maintenance hub and hundreds of jobs here.

Friday marks the first anniversary of Elite's service from Vero Beach, and it has become the airline's most successful market, President and CEO John Pearsall said.

Pearsall told the City Council on Tuesday he and airport Manager Eric Menger are discussing construction of a fleet-maintenance facility at the airport. Talks are preliminary, Pearsall said after the meeting, but construction of the hangar could begin as early as next summer. It would take two to three years to complete, and would provide hundreds of jobs, he said.

Some employees would come from out of state, but Elite also would hire locally, he said.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he said.

The airport has space available for an Elite hangar, which would be built to its specifications.

Elite launched in Vero Beach with nonstop flights to Newark, New Jersey, and has added nonstop routes to Naples, additional connections and flights. The airline began with twice-weekly flights to Newark, and has expanded to four days a week.

“It is a total home run,” Pearsall told the council.

Additional destinations from Vero Beach are to be announced Friday, he said.

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Elite Airways Celebrates Inaugural Flights between Portland, ME and Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

Release Date: 17-Nov-2016

November 17, 2016 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today inaugurates new twice-weekly nonstop jet service between Portland International Jetport (PWM) and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in Florida. The flights operate on Thursdays and Sundays, with daily flights added during the end-of-year holidays. Early-bird fares start as low as $199 each way, subject to availability. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees (see website for details). Tickets are available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

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Elite Airways and Shipyard Brewing Company Take to the Skies to Spotlight Maine-based Business Partnership

Release Date: 21-Oct-2016

Shipyard Beer Now Available for Purchase on all Elite Airways Flights;
Elite Airways CRJ-200 Painted with Shipyard Artwork Showcases Maine Heritage of Both Businesses

October 21, 2016 – Portland, ME – Two popular Maine-based businesses, Elite Airways LLC and Shipyard Brewing Company today announced a marketing partnership to offer Shipyard beer for purchase on Elite Airways flights starting this month. Shipyard beer, which is available in more than 20 seasonal and year-round favorites, will now be available on all Elite flights throughout the US. In recognition of the partnership, the airline also unveiled new artwork on its Bombardier CRJ-200 jet airliner that features the Shipyard logo and schooner ship, which underscores the Maine-based heritage of both businesses. 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.

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Elite Airways Expands Nonstop Jet Service Between Vero Beach, FL and New York City/Newark Starting in November

Release Date: 15-Sep-2016

Schedule Expands to 4x/Week Nonstop Jet Service Beginning in November; Additional Daily Flights Added During Holiday Weeks in November and December; Tickets Available at EliteAirways.com

September 15, 2016 – Vero Beach, FL – Expanding upon its popular Vero Beach route, Elite Airways LLC has increased nonstop jet service between Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from 3x/week to 4x/week on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays starting in November. Additional daily nonstop flights have been added during the week of Thanksgiving and the last two weeks of December to accommodate holiday travel. Tickets are now available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Today’s announcement underscores Elite Airways’ continued growth as it recently added new nonstop jet service between Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (SRQ) and Portland, ME (PWM), and expanded nonstop service between Orlando-Melbourne, FL (MLB) and Portland, ME. Founded in 2006, 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.

“Elite Airways has received outstanding support at Vero Beach Regional Airport, and we are pleased to expand our schedule with more nonstop flights back and forth to Newark,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “The success of our northeast-to-Florida routes has been a significant factor our growth and success, with Vero Beach being an important destination for us—and we thank airport and community leaders for their continued support.”

Eric Menger, Executive Director at Vero Beach Regional Airport went on to say: “Our successful partnership with Elite Airways continues to thrive. We enjoy seeing smiles on thousands of happy passengers’ faces and will continue to support Elite with their growth plans for the future.”

“We are thrilled Elite Airways will be adding more nonstop flights during the busy holiday travel season and in the coming year,” said Allison McNeal, Director of Tourism, Indian River County Chamber of Commerce. “Elite Airways has been instrumental in increasing Indian River County’s visitor share of the New York and New Jersey markets since the start of the service last fall. Direct air service to our destination enables visitors to spend much less time traveling, allowing them to stay longer and enjoy more of what Indian River County has to offer.”

The Vero Beach Regional Airport offers free parking just steps away from the terminal, which is then a short walk through security to the gate—with no long lines, inter-airport transport trains, or frustrations associated with large airports. The airport also offers Avis and Hertz rental car facilities on airport property for the convenience of its passengers. The Airport Terminal Building is located at 3400 Cherokee Drive in Vero Beach, Florida.  For more information, please visit www.verobeachairport.org.

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Elite Airways Doubles its Nonstop Jet Service Between Orlando-Melbourne, FL and Portland, ME to 4x/Week Starting Nov. 17

Release Date: 14-Sep-2016

Nonstop RT Jet Service on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays & Mondays Starts November 17; More Flights Added During Peak Holiday Weeks in November, December and April; Tickets Available at EliteAirways.com

September 14, 2016 – Melbourne, FL – In response to strong passenger demand, Elite Airways LLC has doubled scheduled service between Portland International Jetport (PWM) and Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) to four times weekly on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays starting November 17. The airline currently operates twice-weekly nonstop jet service between Melbourne and Naples, Florida (APF), Long Island Islip (ISP), and the Portland Jetport (PWM). In addition to the 50% increase in weekly flights, the airline added even more flights during busy holiday vacation weeks in November, December and April. Tickets are now available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Today’s announcement underscores Elite Airways’ continued growth and expansion, as it recently announced the addition of nonstop jet service between Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (SRQ) and Portland, ME starting Nov 17. Founded in 2006, 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.

“The Portland/Melbourne route has been a strong performer since launching last fall, and we are pleased to double the service to four-times weekly in time for holiday and winter travel,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “The success of our northeast-to-Florida routes has been a significant factor in Elite Airways’ success and expansion, and we look forward to introducing more exciting destinations in the future.”

“Orlando Melbourne International Airport is growing as the gateway to Florida. Downeasters especially appreciate our landing approach–right over barrier islands and some of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world.  Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, Walt Disney World and Harry Potter are all within driving distance, but without the hassle of larger, congested airports,” said Greg Donovan, AAE, Executive Director, Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB).

“We are pleased to see that Elite is doubling their service to the Orlando/Melbourne area,” said Paul Bradbury, Airport Director at the Portland International Jetport. “This service has been very well received by our passengers and the additional capacity and additional days of service will be a big win for Mainers looking to get to the beaches of Florida this winter.”

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Elite Airways Announces New Scheduled Jet Service from Portland, ME to Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Starting November 17, 2016

Release Date: 06-Sep-2016

Expands Upon Elite’s Successful Service Routes Between Maine and Florida with New Twice Weekly Nonstops to Sarasota Starting at $199 each way; Tickets Available at EliteAirways.com

September 6, 2016 – Portland, ME – Expanding upon its successful commercial airline routes between Florida and the northeast, Elite Airways LLC today announced the addition of new twice-weekly nonstop flights between Portland International Jetport (PWM) and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). The new flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays beginning on November 17, 2016 with early-bird fares starting at $199 each way. Tickets are now available for purchase 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). Elite Airways is also pet friendly. The newly added flights are as follows:

Thursdays & Sundays, Starting Nov. 17:

  • Departs Portland, Maine (PWM) 11:45 a.m. - Arrives Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) 2:45 p.m.
  • Departs Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) at 3:30 p.m. - Arrives Portland (PWM) at 6:30 p.m.

“The demand for Maine to Florida service has been consistently strong, and we are thrilled to add these new nonstop flights while also expanding existing service in other markets starting this fall,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We sincerely appreciate the support from community and airport leaders in Sarasota and Portland, and expect this to be a very successful route.”

“We are extremely proud to welcome Elite Airways to the Sarasota-Bradenton area with new nonstop service from Portland, Maine,” said SRQ President, CEO Rick Piccolo. “We look forward to welcoming our guests from Portland and surrounding areas to our state-of-the-art airport, and are excited to share our beautiful beaches, great shopping opportunities, and diverse arts & culture with them. This route opens up new markets and new travel opportunities for our community as well.”

“This is a very exciting announcement for Mainers heading into the winter season,” said Portland Jetport Director, Paul Bradbury. “Florida remains our number one requested destination and the new Elite Airways service to Sarasota will provide convenient nonstop access to the Gulf Coast.”

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Five Reasons Vero Beach Is Your New Favorite Florida Destination

Release Date: 28-Jun-2016

By Xaque Gruber

While too many of Florida’s waterfront cities have succumbed to claustrophobic overdevelopment, tacky tourist traps, and high-rises, Vero Beach remains the breath of fresh air. Though classified as a city, Vero, with a strict policy that no building can exceed four stories, feels more like a seaside village. It’s the rare place we didn’t know still existed in the Sunshine State.

Unique in many ways, Vero is a quietly sophisticated coastal hamlet where blue collar workers happily coexist with billionaires. Among its offerings: a world class art museum, top shelf street shopping, scenic natural wonders, and the best Atlantic beach south of Georgia. While most flock to Miami, Orlando, Tampa or the Keys (let them), Vero’s under-the-radar charms makes it the real resort getaway. It’s unsurprising that Oprah recently strolled the town’s Ocean Drive shopping district in broad daylight completely unnoticed...

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