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Elite Airways Announces December 18th Inaugural Flight from Orlando Melbourne International Airport to Portland Jet Center in Maine

12/16/2015  |  Melbourne, FL

Elite Airways Announces December 18th Inaugural Flight from Orlando Melbourne International Airport to Portland Jet Center in Maine


Also announces partnership with Make-A-Wish Maine to donate flights to wish families

PORTLAND, ME – December 16, 2015Elite Airways LLC announces the inaugural flights for scheduled non-stop service between Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and the Portland International Jetport (PWM) will take place this Friday, December 18th. The company is also announcing a partnership with Make-A-Wish® Maine to donate flights to special families who wish to visit Orlando theme parks or go and swim with the dolphins.

Celebrations are planned at both airports on Friday the 18th, along with a ribbon cutting in Portland at 1:15 p.m. at Gate 4, led by a very special Make-A-Wish family.

These flights mark the start of new scheduled non-stop service between PWM and MLB on Mondays and Fridays, with starting fares as low as $149 and $199 each way at In the first few weeks of ticket sales, several flights between PWM and MLB sold out, prompting Elite Airways to add more flights to accommodate high-demand times. Non-stop service allows families to plan a weekend getaway or weeklong vacation with confidence, especially in the winter months.  

“Today’s inaugural flight to Florida is a fitting day to announce our partnership with Make-A-Wish Maine, as so many families want to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and nearby beaches for their special travel wish,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “As a Maine-based business, we are especially pleased to give back to the community and are honored to help support Make-A-Wish in its one-of-a-kind mission.”

Make-A-Wish® Maine

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. As of December 2015, the organization has granted more than 1,200 wishes to seriously ill Maine children. The Maine chapter has over 200 volunteers statewide and a staff of seven. Today’s announcement underscores Elite Airways’ partnership and ongoing commitment to help donate available seats to Make-A-Wish Maine families that wish to visit central Florida theme parks, attractions and nearby beaches.

“Airfare is our single largest ‘wish’ expense,” said Sonya Purington of Make-A-Wish Maine. “That’s why this partnership with Elite Airways, a local Maine air carrier, is so important and deeply appreciated as it helps us potentially serve even more families and bring hope and joy to very special children in need.”

Portland International Jetport

As Maine’s largest airport, the Portland Jetport is surprisingly compact and close to town. It occupies less than 1,000 acres and is just five miles from the heart of downtown Portland. A comfortable scale, unmatched convenience, and the addition of several new airlines have made PWM one of the fastest-growing airports in New England over the past three years. For more information, visit:

“We value Elite Airways’ presence at the Portland Jetport, and are thrilled for the start of this new service to the Orlando, Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach areas,” said Portland Jetport Director, Paul Bradbury. “Florida is our largest under-served market from Portland. Elite Airways gives travelers even more vacation options with non-stop flights to MLB just in time for the holidays and winter break.”

Orlando Melbourne International Airport

Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is the closest airport to the world’s top cruise port and 72 miles of pristine Florida beaches. An hour from Orlando’s theme parks, Kennedy Space Center and other world-class attractions, Orlando Melbourne International is just 10 minutes from beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees and breathtaking sunrises over the Atlantic. Fast gaining popularity as the distinctive uncrowded alternative gateway to Florida vacations, MLB features service via Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Porter Airlines, and Elite Airways. For more information, visit:

“When it comes to Florida warmth and sunshine, we have plenty to share with our friends from Down East. Thanks to Elite Airways, they will now be able to fly nonstop to what is fast becoming known as Beachside Orlando. From our spectacular beaches to breathtaking spaceport launches, our incredible wildlife to water sports, our airport provides immediate access to all that Florida offers. We’re closest to beaches, closest to cruises and just a short drive to Orlando’s world-class theme parks. We commend Elite for this new route from Portland International Jetport (PWM) and look forward to welcoming its growing passenger base,” said Greg Donovan, AAE, executive director of Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

About Elite Airways

Elite Airways LLC was founded in 2006 by airline veterans with the goal to provide passengers a better travel experience with non-stop flights, competitive prices, and exceptional service. Elite Airways is a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier and provides charter and scheduled service throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South America.  The airline’s routes connect underserved communities with popular destinations including New York City, Denver, Houston, Branson, Orlando, Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral. Headquartered in Portland, ME, Elite Airways’ maintenance operations center is located in Melbourne on Florida’s Space Coast. All scheduled flights are sold by BransonAirExpress and operated by Elite Airways LLC, and available for purchase at or by calling 877-393-2510.

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Customer Service: 321-265-5100 ext. 103


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