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What it’s like to fly AVELO, the new, dirt-cheap California-based airline

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I was on the tarmac at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa about to board my first flight since February 2020. It was an 80-degree day in the valley, and I was sweating in jeans, a jacket and a scarf. Why was I wearing all those layers on such a summery May afternoon?

My ticket, from Santa Rosa to Hollywood Burbank Airport, was on the new ultra-budget airline AVELO, which launched last week as the first major new U.S. airline in 15 years. The carrier, which is based in Burbank (while somewhat inexplicably headquartered in Houston) made a splash not only by launching during a pandemic but for its jaw-droppingly, head-scratchingly low fares.

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New US airline, Avelo, makes splashy launch today

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It’s official. There’s a new airline in the U.S.

Avelo Airlines — one of two start-ups launching this year — is set to commence commercial service on Wednesday, with a round-trip flight from Burbank (BUR) to Santa Rosa (STS), California, departing at 10:30 a.m. local time.

Fanfare is expected at Wednesday’s inaugural. Both the outbound and return flights sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale roughly three weeks ago. Fares started at just $19.

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Alaska Airlines takes aim at new startup with latest route addition

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Alaska Airlines is putting up a fight on the West Coast.

On Friday, the Seattle-based carrier announced that it’ll expand service with a new route and additional frequencies to Santa Rosa, California (STS), right in the heart of wine country.

Starting July 1, Alaska will debut Burbank (BUR) to STS service on a 76-seat Embraer 175, and later this summer, on Sept. 8, the carrier will add frequencies to STS on both the Orange County (SNA) and San Diego (SAN) routes.

Altogether, this latest boost means that Alaska will serve Sonoma County from six West Coast destinations, with up to 13 peak daily departures by early fall.

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