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Midwest Express Signs Operating Agreement with Elite Airways to Provide Initial Service from Milwaukee

Release Date: 06-Aug-2019

Milwaukee, WI – August 6, 2019 – Midwest Express today announced it has signed an operating agreement with Portland, Maine-based Elite Airways LLC to begin initial flight service from Midwest Express’ home base at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport.

“This operating agreement with Elite Airways is a key step to bring much-needed nonstop service back to Milwaukee,” said Greg Aretakis, president of Midwest Express. “We identified Elite Airways as a well-suited partner due to its extensive operating experience, high-quality customer service approach, and exemplary safety record. By partnering with Elite, we expedite bringing our service to the market while we pursue federal licenses required to operate independently.”

Elite Airways will provide the initial aircraft, flight crews and maintenance service for Midwest Express, and Midwest Express will establish its own reservations system, customer service operations and in-flight amenities to support the new flights. All public-facing customer interaction, including the branding on the planes, will be Midwest Express. In addition to providing flight operations, Elite will work in tandem with Midwest to complete regulatory and operational steps for Midwest to obtain its own airline operating certificate.

John Pearsall, president of Elite Airways, said “We’re proud to play a role in helping bring Midwest Express Airlines back to Wisconsin. Our aircraft and top-notch crew will provide the experience and service that Midwest Express passengers can and should expect, and we’re excited to work together with Midwest Express as it progresses with its launch and ongoing business plans.”

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Elite Airways Joins the TSA Precheck® Program for Passenger Convenience and Safety

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, 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.

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Elite Airways Announces Sugarloaf Maine Ski Package from Florida

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

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 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.”

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Elite Airways Opens New 27,000 sq. ft. Maintenance Facility at Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine

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.”

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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 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 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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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, Travelocity and Hotwire.

The agreement enables passengers to consider Elite Airways when planning their travel online with, 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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