5 New Airlines You Should Know About

These new (or new-ish) airlines operate routes across the country. Some focus on business travelers, others on regional leisure travelers and one may be just right for you.

Envoy Air – Owned by American Airlines

You know this airline, but under its old name – American Eagle. However, some American Eagle flights continue, while some are now operated by Envoy. Confusing? Terry Maxon at the Dallas Morning News has a detailed description of the change and who is affected but if you see the name Envoy on your boarding pass, don’t worry, it’ll still take you where you need to go. Unfortunately, according to the latest government on-time statistics, it may still get you there late.

Mint – JetBlue’s All-Business Class Flights

JetBlue joins the crowded field of airlines vying for high-paying business passengers with Mint. These all-business class cross-country flights feature lie-flat seats, gourmet meals and much more, and the fares appear to be pretty good (at least compared to what other airlines charge for premium travel). At the moment, service is limited to the following:

  • Flight now underway: Between New York/JFK and Los Angeles
  • Beginning Oct. 26: Between New York/JFK and San Francisco

PEOPLExpress – Old Brand Returns

The old PEOPLExpress was wildly popular back in the 80s, until it fell on hard times and disappeared. Now, new investors think the time is ripe for a return which they’re kicking off with some nifty deals as the first flight gets off the ground later this month. The airline is starting off slow with flights to and from Newport News/Williamsburg only but expansion is coming. Here’s the schedule at the moment for flights from PEOPLExpress’ Virginia headquarters:

  • June 30: Boston, Newark, Pittsburgh
  • July 15: West Palm Beach
  • Aug. 1: Atlanta
  • Aug. 28: St. Petersburg, New Orleans

Silver Airways Expands

You may not be familiar with this Ft. Lauderdale-based regional carrier which began life as Gulfstream Airlines until rebranded as Silver in 2011, but you may have flown it as United Express. And you may fly it as Silver when the airline adds flights to Jacksonville on Aug. 19. Interesting note: Silver’s spokesperson, Misty Pinson, was the long-time media contact for Spirit Airlines.

Surf Air – All You Can Fly

But a membership in this California-based airline for $1,599 and take as many flights as you want per month on six passenger jets with leather seats. According to its website, Surf Air now has 18 daily departures between Burbank, San Carlos, Santa Barbara and Hawthorne.

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Updated: February 9, 2016