Elite Airways Opens New 27,000 sq. ft. Maintenance Facility at Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine

Industry: Travel

Modern-built Hangar to House the Airline’s Northern Maintenance Operations; Anticipated to Bring 100 New Jobs to the Auburn Lewiston Area

Portland, ME (PRUnderground) January 10th, 2019

Elite Airways today announced that it has signed a long-term lease agreement with the Auburn-Lewiston Airport for 27,000 square-feet of hangar and future office space. This modern-built facility will serve as the airline’s northern maintenance base to support its growing fleet of jet aircraft.

Elite Airways is headquartered in Portland, ME and operates a successful charter business throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and South America, with select scheduled service throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. The airline operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record.

Beginning January 15, Elite Airways will occupy the largest hangar on Airport property and is estimated to bring upwards of 100 new high-skilled jobs to the Auburn-Lewiston area. These include aircraft maintenance technicians, mechanics, support personnel, pilots and flight crew. Today’s announcement significantly expands Elite’s Maine-based operations and reflects the airline’s continued growth and momentum. In the past year, Elite Airways nearly doubled its workforce and added additional aircraft—bringing its current fleet to 18 aircraft.

“As Maine’s largest airline, Elite Airways is proud to consider Auburn-Lewiston Airport home to our new northern maintenance operations base,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We anticipate adding another 100 employees and four new aircraft as a result of this new facility. We’d like to thank airport officials for their support, and look forward to future opportunities to further expand our operations in Maine.”

“Today’s announcement is an exciting one as we welcome Elite Airways to the Auburn Lewiston Airport. I believe Elite’s choice reflects the quality of our airport and the improvements we have made over the last several years, as well as the vitality of Androscoggin County and the economic opportunities the area presents,” said Bettyann Sheats, Chair, Auburn Lewiston Airport Board. “With a long-term lease now in place valued at $2.6 million dollars, we are well positioned to continue with plans for additional expansion. I am looking forward to exploring opportunities with Elite Airways to mutually grow our operations.”

About Auburn-Lewiston Airport

Auburn-Lewiston Airport (LEW) is a 627-acre Regional Reliever General Aviation facility that is one of the busiest in the State of Maine for runway operations. The airport supports local and regional general aviation, flight training, cargo, and a large volume of corporate activity. The airport acts as a support base for Life Flight of Maine, the Civil Air Patrol, the Maine Warden Service and other public service organizations. For more information, visit: www.flytomaine.com.

About Elite Airways

Headquartered in Portland Maine, Elite Airways LLC was founded in 2006 by airline veterans with the goal to provide passengers a better travel experience with nonstop flights, competitive prices and exceptional service. Elite Airways is a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier and provides chartered and scheduled service throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South America. The airline’s routes connect underserved communities with popular destinations that include New York City/Newark, Portland ME, Asheville NC, Myrtle Beach SC, Orlando-Melbourne, Sarasota-Bradenton, and Vero Beach FL, and the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. All scheduled flights are sold and operated by Elite Airways LLC, and available for purchase at www.EliteAirways.com or by calling 877-393-2510.

*Starting fare for a one way ticket. **For Elite Airways flights, the first checked bag and carry-on will be free, $50.00 USD for a second checked bag, and $75.00 for the third checked bag per person. Each checked bag weighing between 51 and 70 pounds will be assessed a fee of $25 in addition to the checked bag fee. Each checked bag weighing between 71 and 100 pounds will be assessed a fee of $100.00. All prices quoted in US Dollars ($ USD) unless specified otherwise. Visit EliteAirways.com for more details on our standard baggage service fee schedule. Dates of the advertised flights are subject to change in accordance with regulatory requirements. See the TSA website for a list of prohibited items.

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