The ‘swift bird’ takes flight

There’s a new kid on the American low-cost block. Chris Sloan meets Andrew Levy, Avelo Airlines’ chairman and CEO, before jumping on board for the first flight

Avelo, America’s newest airline and the first to launch in the coronavirus era, took flight on April 28 with a single round-trip sortie between the Californian cities of Burbank and Santa Rosa. In doing so, the Houston-based company became the fifth ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in the United States.

It is expected to be joined by David Neeleman’s Breeze Airways and a reconstituted ExpressJet in June. They are just three of the more than 90 airlines worldwide planning to launch before the end of 2021. Despite a torrid 12 months for many big names, it appears that the pandemic is not scaring off would-be aviators...

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