Startup Avelo Airlines Adds 4 New Routes From Los Angeles

Burbank Airport-based Avelo Airlines is launching four new routes from the airport this fall. Over September and October,…

Startup Avelo Airlines Adds 4 New Routes From Los Angeles

Burbank Airport-based Avelo Airlines is launching four new routes from the airport this fall. Over September and October, Avelo will begin nonstop flights to Monterey, CA, Fort Collins-Loveland, CO, and Provo and St. George, UT. The new flights will see Avelo flying to 12 destinations from Burbank over the coming months.

Avelo is adding four new airports to its schedules in September and October. Photo: Getty Images

New Avelo flights to Utah, Colorado, and Monterey

Beginning September 17, Avelo Airlines will fly between Burbank (BUR) and Provo (PVU) on Mondays and Fridays. On September 30, flights between Burbank and Monterey (MRY) will start, operating on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights to Fort Collins-Loveland (FNL) begin on October 6. Avelo will fly to FNL on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Finally, St George (SGU) will see flights on Thursdays and Sundays from October 7.

 “These new routes will provide our LA Customers with unmatched affordability and direct access to four beautiful unserved destinations across the Western US,” said Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy.

Avelo Airlines flies a fleet of Boeing 737s. Photo: Getty Images

Avelo is one of the highest-profile airline startups this year. Ditching LAX in favor of Burbank, Avelo’s off-piste choice of hub airport has grabbed plenty of attention. Since late April, Avelo’s small fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft have steadily built up the number of destinations served.

It hasn’t all gone without a hitch. Recently, Avelo said it would soon end flights to Grand Junction, CO, and Bozeman, MT. Attributing the decision to “customer insights” (or, in simple speak, a lack of demand), Avelo said running an airline successfully depended on flying to where customers want to go.

Avelo is betting their new destinations prove more popular than their flights to Grand Junction and Bozeman.

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A clever Avelo strategy

Avelo’s strategy of targeting regional airports and unserved city pairs is also a clever way of snatching market share from more popular routes that track close to Avelo’s route.

Fort Collins-Loveland Airport is only a 20-minute drive from Loveland’s ski resorts. Vail, Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Eldora Mountain are a little further afield, but Avelo says it is quicker to access those resorts from Los Angeles by flying BUR-FNL than the more traditional LAX-DEN option. Avelo also says moving through their smaller airports is a faster and less stressful experience than passing through big airports like Los Angeles International and Denver.

“Avelo has shown a commitment to partner with smaller, more convenient airports,” says Fort Collins-Loveland Airport Director Jason Licon.

Not lavish, but Avelo’s 737s provide inexpensive and convenient flights. Photo: Getty Images

Provo Airport is a 45-minute drive to downtown Salt Lake City and sold as an alternative to Salt Lake International Airport (SLC). Provo Airport is also only a 60-minute drive from the Utah ski fields.

As airlines fight for market share in the United States, Avelo is moving into the ultra-low-cost carrier space. It is the same space Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines occupies and a tier below the low-cost Southwest Airlines.

Aside from using low fares to drive demand, airlines like Avelo that focus on underserved city pairs have scope to grow in big markets like the United States. Aside from cost factors, flying a multi-city route to get from A to B takes time. An airline like Avelo that focuses on unserved city pairs that cuts out the need to connect can carve out a small but profitable market niche. And all those market niches add up.

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British Airways’ United States Network Examined

From Monday, August 2nd, fully vaccinated US citizens will be able to travel to England without needing to…

British Airways’ United States Network Examined

From Monday, August 2nd, fully vaccinated US citizens will be able to travel to England without needing to quarantine on arrival, a significant next step. Currently, they must isolate for 10 days, an enormous hassle. But it is not this straightforward. The USA’s Level Four Health Notice implores “Do Not Travel”, while UK citizens are not permitted entry to the US. The next milestone must be reciprocity, truly vital on the road to recovery. We examine BA’s US network.

British Airways has 26 routes to the US. Photo: Kevin Hackert via Flickr.

Seven airlines from the US to London

Seven airlines have non-stop service between the US and London across the rest of this summer. In order of available seats obtained from OAG, they are British Airways; Virgin Atlantic; American; United; Delta; JetBlue; and TUI.

With 45%, BA is highly dominant, with its share twice as great as Virgin’s. If oneworld and joint venture partner American is included, BA and American have two-thirds of the market. However, under the circumstances, this is perhaps more exposure than anything.

BA B787-9
In normal times, North America is BA’s most profitable market. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

BA has 26 routes to the US

Between July 29th and October 30th, the last day of the IATA northern hemisphere summer, BA has 26 routes between London and the US. Some 23 of these are from Heathrow, with the remainder from Gatwick.

Because a good number of services return in September, the following is what BA itself currently has in the week starting September 13th. Note that some flights scheduled by the B777-200ER might change to the larger -300ER and vice-versa.

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While entirely expected due to very different markets and levels of fare performance, the B777-200ERs serving Miami will have 235 seats (four-class with first class) against 332/336 for Orlando (three-class). Miami will have nearly half as many economy seats, the classic case of volume offsetting lower unit revenue.

From…To…Weekly outbound flightsEquipment
HeathrowJFK42B777-200ER; B777-300ER
HeathrowBoston21B787-9; B787-8
HeathrowLos Angeles14B777-300ER
HeathrowMiami14A350-1000; B777-200ER
HeathrowSan Francisco14B787-9; B777-300ER
HeathrowHouston10B787-10; B787-9
HeathrowSeattle10B787-10; B787-9; B787-8
HeathrowLas Vegas7A350-1000
HeathrowSan Diego7B777-200ER
GatwickLas Vegas3B777-200ER
HeathrowNew Orleans3B787-8

24 airports served

BA’s network comprises 24 US airports, down by three versus the same dates in 2019. While Fort Lauderdale, served purely as a defensive measure in response to Norwegian’s long-haul operation, was chopped before winter 2019, Charleston and Pittsburgh may return in 2022.

BA inaugurated Charleston and Pittsburgh in 2019, with the carrier understandably unwilling to develop them in the worst period ever for aviation. Cathay Pacific did the same with new US routes introduced in 2019, although TAP Air Portugal didn’t.

BA B747-400
BA’s US operation used to be ruled by the B747-400. Now, it is served, in order of seats, by the B777-200ER, followed by the B787-9, B787-10, A350-1000, B777-300ER, and B787-8. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

How were things in 2019?

While 2019 feels a lifetime ago, BA achieved an average seat load factor (SLF) of 83.7% between London and the US that year, according to the USA’s Department of Transportation’s T-100 dataset. This was virtually the same as BA’s average across its whole network that year.

BA B777-300ER
The airports with the most BA passengers in 2019? JFK (naturally!), Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

While the usual caveat of SLF only being one aspect of performance must be given, it is instructive to see that Fort Lauderdale (72.1%; was cut); Charleston (74.4%; was new), Houston (76.3%), Baltimore (78.2%), and Pittsburgh (78.2%; was new) were notably all below-par. No doubt Houston was offset by fairly high average fares, while Baltimore was (and remains) subsidized.

At the other end was Las Vegas (89.2%), followed by San Francisco (88.4%), Seattle (87.0%), San Francisco (86.7%), and JFK (86.1%). Will Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with Miami, see BA’s A380s again?

Will you be flying BA this year? Let us know in the comments.

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