Avelo Airlines Set To Takeoff

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tomfuller

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Avelo has exactly 3 737-800's (not Max8). They are flying to 11 western locations from Burbank. Mr. Levy was one of the co-founders of Allegiant Airlines. My wife has booked a round trip flight from Redmond OR to Burbank in June. Even with the extras she is paying less than a one way fare on Amtrak to Burbank on the Coast Starlight. If the rollout of Avelo goes well, they expect to buy 3 more 737's in the third quarter of this year. The seat pitch is 29 inches but will be tolerable for a flight of less than 3 hours.
 

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Avelo Airlines started flying today. First flight was a 10:30am departure from Burbank to Santa Rosa, CA. About 70 passengers were onboard but how many were paying is not known.
Pretty good crowd for Santa Rosa!( its a nice place to visit but you cant afford to live there! Lol)
 

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Avelo Airlines started flying today. First flight was a 10:30am departure from Burbank to Santa Rosa, CA. About 70 passengers were onboard but how many were paying is not known.
I was eating at a restaurant in Lancaster (California) last week, and overheard people at a table near me talking about Avelo -- one of them said it would be less than $300 to take his family to Bozeman, Montana, even paying extra for checked bags and seat assignments.

(I was seated outdoors, and I'm fully vaccinated anyway.)
 

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Avelo’s 737-800 has 189 coach seats spread across 32 rows. Most seats have a measly 29 inches of pitch, making it a tight squeeze for just about any adult. For context, the same plane flying for Southwest is outfitted in an all-coach configuration with 175 seats. [...] They’re both tight and poorly padded.

 

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If anyone watched DJ's Aviation on YouTube, he does many aviation updates that are quick and informational. He has a quick video about this, I just haven't watched it yet.
I enjoyed his topics but the scripting, inflection, and pacing were quite distracting. It sounded like he was reading microprint through a magnifying glass. Hopefully it will get better in the future.

The seat pitch is 29 inches but will be tolerable for a flight of less than 3 hours.
That depends on how tall you are and even if you decide it's okay for an hour or two what will you do when there's an extended delay? I've had two hour flights become six hour ordeals because of factors beyond my control.

Maybe if you're under 5' 8" and the seat in front of you doesn't recline.
Many airlines with pitch in the 20's lock the seat mechanisms to prevent passenger movement. I wonder how rows with such pitch can pass supposedly stringent evacuation certifications but I guess the FAA doesn't see it as a problem.
 

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I enjoyed his topics but the scripting, inflection, and pacing were quite distracting. It sounded like he was reading microprint through a magnifying glass. Hopefully it will get better in the future.


That depends on how tall you are and even if you decide it's okay for an hour or two what will you do when there's an extended delay? I've had two hour flights become six hour ordeals because of factors beyond my control.


Many airlines with pitch in the 20's lock the seat mechanisms to prevent passenger movement. I wonder how rows with such pitch can pass supposedly stringent evacuation certifications but I guess the FAA doesn't see it as a problem.
Just because the FAA doesn't see it as a problem doesn't mean that it's not a problem.
 

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It passed as 189 in single class - nothing new...that's what it was always certified at. Sadly, their are many airlines that have 29" pitch seating, even a few 28. Also, not all Boeing, plenty of different Airbus models included. I don't plan on sitting in any of those. And in many cases, airlines have installed thinner seats, they aren't too comfortable even with enough legroom. Sometimes they have a bunch of "skinny rows" so they can have some more generous rows at an up charge, but keep the total count close.
 

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Avelo Airlines announced today they will begin operations from New Haven-Tweed Airport in the fall. Routes were not announced. However, they do plan to base about 100 staff at Tweed, including pilots, flight attendants, customer service personal staff and technicians. Tweed is about 55 miles from New York City.
 

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I wonder how much Tweed will siphon off passengers who would ordinarily use Bradley? I think their strategy should be: fly non-stop to wherever American does not--namely, PHL. DCA, MDW come to mind. It seems that American is the only game in town now, with flights only to PHL.
 
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