The second version of Midwest Express Airlines has made this announcement:
Midwest Express has announced it has signed an agreement with Portland, Maine-based Elite Airways LLC to begin nonstop flight service from Midwest Express’ home base at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport.
Elite Airways will operate the initial aircraft and provide flight crews and maintenance service for Midwest Express. 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 requirements for Midwest to obtain its own airline operating certificate and aircraft.
Midwest Express Airlines, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is led by Greg Aretakis who serves as President. He is a veteran airline leader who most recently served in senior positions at Midwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines. In May 2018, a private stock offering was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, allowing the organization to secure investors and begin implementing its plans to bring the airline back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In April of 2019, Midwest Express Airlines signed a lease for its corporate headquarters near Mitchell International Airport.
As the first of several new destinations to be introduced this year, Elite Airways LLC unveiled three new 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*; and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Virginia starting at $129 each way.
Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ200 and CRJ700 jet airliners.
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
Newport News, VA (PHF) starts April 6. Fridays & Mondays starting at $129 each way
In other news, Elite Airways LLC has announced that it is exploring additional routes from Sarasota-Bradenton in lieu of its planned PIT-SRQ service, which the airline has decided to cancel. All Elite Airways Pittsburgh ticketed passengers are being contacted and will be fully refunded immediately.
Branson AirExpress (Branson, Missouri) is adding two new routes. Branson-Denver (operated by Elite Airways Bombardier CRJ200s) will start on April 16 followed by Branson-Austin (operated by Buzz Airways) on May 8.
These two new routes will complement existing service to Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby), both operated by Buzz Airways BAe Jetstream 41s.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Elite Airways Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N91EA (msn 7705) arrives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Video: May 17 2010, was the first operating day of Branson Air Express, initially operated with ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets.
Elite Airways (Portland, ME and Melbourne, FL) wants to get into the scheduled airline business. The company was founded on October 30, 2012 and received its FAA Part 121 AOC also in 2012. The airline wants to begin scheduled passenger flights to and from Melbourne International Airport in Florida. The airline has announced it wants to fly from Melbourne to Washington (Dulles) starting on September 8. Fares will start at $199 one-way (see below). The carrier intends to also operate from Portland in the near future.
The airline currently operates 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets but is considering larger aircraft.
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