Melbourne International Airport has gained a new carrier, Elite Airways. The airline, which will join larger carriers like Delta and US Airways, will offer a new route from Melbourne to Dulles airport, which serves the Washington, D.C. area.
Beginning in 2013, the airline will operate a 50-passenger regional jet 3-4 times a week. All flights would be nonstop and include amenities passengers want such as hot meals and iPads in every seat.
“We are going to make it work by picking the correct frequency between the markets, the correct times of day, and generally making it a non-stop service between those two city points, and giving it a nice service at a very reasonable cost,” said Elite Airways CEO John Pearsall.
Eventually, the 36-employee startup airline headquartered in Portland’s Old Port, hopes to connect regional airports throughout New England to Florida’s eastern “Space Coast,” a busy tourist corridor in the Orlando area.