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Five Reasons Vero Beach Is Your New Favorite Florida Destination

Release Date: 28-Jun-2016

By Xaque Gruber

While too many of Florida’s waterfront cities have succumbed to claustrophobic overdevelopment, tacky tourist traps, and high-rises, Vero Beach remains the breath of fresh air. Though classified as a city, Vero, with a strict policy that no building can exceed four stories, feels more like a seaside village. It’s the rare place we didn’t know still existed in the Sunshine State.

Unique in many ways, Vero is a quietly sophisticated coastal hamlet where blue collar workers happily coexist with billionaires. Among its offerings: a world class art museum, top shelf street shopping, scenic natural wonders, and the best Atlantic beach south of Georgia. While most flock to Miami, Orlando, Tampa or the Keys (let them), Vero’s under-the-radar charms makes it the real resort getaway. It’s unsurprising that Oprah recently strolled the town’s Ocean Drive shopping district in broad daylight completely unnoticed...

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Bar Harbor Airport Offering New Service to Portland, New Jersey, Long Island

Release Date: 18-Jun-2016

You can now travel to more destinations from Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport. Starting today, Elite Airways is offering non-stop service to Portland; Newark, New Jersey; and Long Island. Until now, the airport only offered non-stop service to Boston.

The airport held an inaugural flight ceremony this afternoon, complete with a water bridge courtesy of local firefighters. Dignitaries joined airport and airline officials in a ribbon cutting. The airport’s manager says the added flights reflect the airport’s continued growth.

“Well it’s really exciting–as you guys may recall, we did this big terminal expansion a couple of years ago, and without that expansion, there’s no way we’d be able to accommodate a carrier like this. so the timing of it has all worked out quite well. It’s exciting for us. We want to get as many boardings as we can do, we can continue to give our travelers the best options they have,” said airport manager Brad Madeira.

Flights to and from Newark will be available Thursdays and Sundays. Flights to and from Portland and Long Island will be on Fridays and Sundays. Right now the service is slated to be seasonal, but could become year-round depending on demand. For more information visit eliteairways.com.

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Elite Airways Adds Scheduled Service to More Destinations Across the US; Celebrates Inaugural Flights in Five States

Release Date: 17-Jun-2016

Melbourne, FL – Reflecting the airline’s continued growth and success, Elite Airways LLC today celebrated inaugural flights in five US states: Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and Maine. June 17th marks the start of scheduled service between popular vacation destinations with new routes designed for convenient weekend or week-long travel between:  

·       NYC/Newark (EWR) and Bar Harbor (BHB) – Thu/Sun nonstop
·       Portland (PWM) and Bar Harbor (BHB) – Fri/Sun nonstop
·       Portland (PWM) and Islip/Long Island (ISP) – Fri/Sun nonstop
·       Islip/Long Island (ISP) and Myrtle Beach (MYR) – Fri/Sun nonstop
·       Islip/Long Island (ISP) and Orlando/Melbourne (MLB) – Fri/Sun nonstop
·       Myrtle Beach (MYR) and Portland (PWM) – Fri/Sun; one stop (ISP)
·       Bar Harbor (BHB) and Vero Beach (VRB) – Thu/Sun; one stop (EWR)
·       Bar Harbor (BHB) and Islip/Long Island (ISP) – Sun; one stop (PWM)

The new service routes reflect Elite Airways’ continued expansion and commitment to provide high-quality, “Elite Class” jet service to popular vacation destinations and underserved communities. Fares include the first checked bag for free, no change fees to re-book a later fight, plus complimentary on-board beverages and snacks. Elite Airways is also pet-friendly. Restrictions apply, see website for details. Tickets are available at 877-393-2510 or at www.eliteairways.com.  
 

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Elite Airways Launching Flights From New Jersey to Maine

Release Date: 17-Jun-2016

Elite Airways is launching nonstop service between New Jersey and Maine.

Starting June 30, flights will travel between Newark Liberty International Airport and Bar Harbor, Maine, on Thursdays and Sundays. The airline is targeting weekend and week-long travelers.

The Portland, Maine-based airline was founded in 2006 and offers routes which connect underserved communities with popular destinations.

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Long Island MacArthur Airport welcomes Elite Airlines

Release Date: 17-Jun-2016

Elite Airways made its Long Island debut today at Long Island MacArthur Airport. The Maine-based airline reached an agreement with the airport to begin flying to vacation destinations on the East Coast, such as Melbourne, Fla., Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Portland, Maine. Elite Airways was founded in 2006. Its maintenance, crew training and marketing is based in Melbourne, Fla.

“We are thrilled to be here,” David Dow, Vice President of Elite Airways, said at a press conference. “Expectations have been exceeded so far.”

The Elite Airways plane was given a water salute by the Airports Fire and Rescue Team to its incoming 10:25 flight. Patrons were welcomed by Islip Town officials and airport personnel, followed by a press conference. Customers were lined up during the press conference to board one of the first Elite Airways planes out of MacArthur.

“We have been trying to get more flights to attract business travelers along with residents,” Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen said.

MacArthur Airport has had trouble getting other airlines in the past. National Airlines was supposed to launch June 1, but MacArthur was unable to secure enough planes to meet demand. Mayor of Melbourne, Fla. Kathy Meehan was in also attendance.

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Elite Airways Doubles Flights between Vero Beach and Newark Now through April 1

Release Date: 11-Mar-2016

March 11, 2016Vero Beach, FL – Due to high demand for spring vacation travel, Elite Airways is adding two additional weekly nonstop flights between Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) starting today through April 1, 2016.

Elite Airways currently offers scheduled nonstop service between Vero Beach and NYC/Newark on Thursdays and Sundays. Staring March 11, the airline has added two more round-trip flights a week to accommodate increased passenger demand during weeks that some existing flights have either filled up or sold out. New Monday and Friday flights through April 1 include:

  • VRB to EWR: Departs Vero Beach at 9 a.m. arrives Newark at 11:30 a.m.
  • EWR to VRB: Departs Newark at 12:15 p.m. arrives Vero Beach at 3:45 p.m.

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Elite Airways adds more Vero Beach flights to Newark

Release Date: 10-Mar-2016

March 10, 2016 by Colleen Wixon

VERO BEACH — Elite Airways is adding Fridays and Mondays to its Vero-to-Newark flight schedule to meet this month's demand, but for a limited time. The additional flights, which begin Friday, continue only through April 1, according to the airline. The Maine-based airline could expand service permanently as demand grows, Elite CEO John Pearsall said. The airline also is considering adding destinations over the summer.

In December, Elite became the first commercial airline in decades to offer passenger service from the Vero Beach Regional Airport, beginning Sunday and Thursday flights to Newark Liberty International Airport. Community response has exceeded expectations, Pearsall said. Last month, Elite added Thursday and Sunday round-trip flights to Naples Municipal Airport, starting at $59 each way.

 

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Reporter-Herald: Loveland flights to Rockford resume May 23

Release Date: 08-Mar-2016

Elite Airways will restart service at Fort Collins-Loveland Airport and possibly add another city
By Craig Young, Reporter-Herald Staff Writer

LOVELAND -- Elite Airways, the small airline that brought commercial service back to the Loveland airport last August, announced Tuesday that it would restart its service to the Rockford, Ill., airport in May. Elite discontinued the route in January with the promise of resuming it in the spring. President John Pearsall said the airline would fly two round trips between the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport and Chicago-Rockford International Airport starting May 23.

On Mondays and Fridays, flights will arrive here at 9:15 a.m. and leave at 4 p.m. for the return to the Chicago-area airport. The large gap between arrival and departure leaves time for a flight somewhere else, Pearsall said. That's the way we've designed that schedule. That airplane is going to do something else before going back to Rockford," he said.

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Elite Airways To Operate Scheduled Jet Service At Naples

Release Date: 12-Feb-2016

AVIATION NEWS TODAY - Elite Airways said it will start scheduled flights from Naples Municipal Airport to Newark Liberty International and Portland, Maine, this month. The flights will be the first commercial airline service since 2007 through Naples Municipal Airport, which serves an area known for attracting millions of leisure travelers and winter residents each year.

The scheduled service will begin Feb. 27, with weekly nonstop flights to Newark. Twice-weekly flights to Newark, with a stop at Vero Beach Regional Airport, and to Portland, Maine, with a stop at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

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Elite Airways cleared for landing in Naples

Release Date: 11-Feb-2016

Commercial airline service returns to Naples Municipal Airport later this month when Elite Airways begins flights to and from Newark, N.J., and Portland, Me. Beginning Feb. 27, Elite will offer weekly non-stop flights to Newark and twice-weekly flights to Newark via the Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB), and to Portland via Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) as follows:

¦ Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. Naples to Newark; 12:15 p.m. Newark to Naples (non-stop each way)
¦ Thursdays and Sundays: 7:45 a.m. Naples to Newark; 12:15 p.m. Newark to Naples (via VRB)
¦ Mondays and Fridays: 8:30 a.m. Naples to Portland; 2 p.m. Portland to Naples (via MLB)

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Summer Vero Beach/Newark flights now available for booking

Release Date: 10-Feb-2016

VERO BEACH — Local flights to the New York City area are available to summer travelers. Elite Airways opened reservations last week, allowing travelers to book flights from the Vero Beach Regional Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport through mid-September. Flights remain $149 each way, and will continue Thursdays and Sundays. Vero departures change from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., to accommodate new morning flights from Naples that begin later this month. 

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Elite Airways makes a test flight to Loveland

Release Date: 10-Feb-2016

Elite Airways flew one of its new, larger jets to Loveland on Tuesday in a proving run required by federal regulators. The manager of the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport said the test flight was a good sign that the airline would continue to serve Northern Colorado. Elite Airways started commercial air service between Loveland and Chicago-Rockford International Airport last August but discontinued the route in January with the promise to resume in the spring. 

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First glimpse at Elite jetliner flying in, out of Naples airport soon

Release Date: 03-Feb-2016

NAPLES, Fla.- To some, the sound of planes flying in and out of Naples Municipal Airport is music to their ears, but others still aren’t convinced over the return of commercial air service to the city. On Wednesday, Elite Airways showed off the 70-seater jet that will fly in and out of the airport five days a week beginning Feb. 27. Since the announcement of the return of commercial flights, residents have voiced their concerns over the noise the new flights will bring.

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Elite Airways Announces Non-Stop Flights to the Orlando/Cocoa Beach Area from Portland Maine Starting December 18th

Release Date: 27-Oct-2015

PORTLAND, ME – Elite Airways LLC today announced that tickets for non-stop flights between Portland International Jetport (PWM) and the Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) are now available at: www.eliteairways.com. Scheduled service will begin on December 18, 2015 on Fridays and Mondays into the Orlando Melbourne International Airport, which serves Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, and world-class Orlando theme-parks and attractions.

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Flights are beginning to fill for Elite Airways for Scheduled Non-Stop Service starting December 10th

Release Date: 23-Oct-2015

VERO BEACH, FL – Elite Airways announced today that early ticket sales have been strong for scheduled non-stop flights between Vero Beach (VRB) and Newark (EWR) that begin on December 10th.  In fact, the company has sold out several flights and is considering adding additional planes to certain scheduled routes, to accommodate high demand around the holidays. 

Elite Airways will be beginning its December 10th service to Vero Beach in patriotic style.  The inaugural incoming flight will hold precious cargo from New York City, a section of a steel i-beam from the World Trade Center. The Airline volunteered to fly the remnant of the 9/11 attack from Newark Liberty International Airport to Vero Beach Regional Airport. 

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