Our Story

The Avelo story begins with a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel.

Led by a team of world-class airline executives, we endeavored to build a different and better kind of airline.

On April 28, 2021, Avelo Airlines took flight for the first time — ushering in a new era of convenient, affordable and reliable air travel.

We help you fly for less so you can fly more. That means more opportunities for you to connect with family and friends while exploring new places and revisiting old favorites. But we don’t just save you money. We fly out of smaller, more convenient airports, so we also save you time and hassle.

Today, Avelo serves over 50 destinations from our bases at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), Orlando International Airport (MCO), the Delaware Valley’s Wilmington Airport (ILG), Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), and opening in May 2024, the Bay Area’s Sonoma County Airport (STS). That means more opportunities for you to connect with family and friends while exploring new places and revisiting old favorites.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard so you can experience a smoother, simpler and more caring experience with Avelo.

Our Purpose

Inspire Travel

Safety First

Safety First

In everything we do, Safety Always comes first.

Keep it simple

Keep it Simple

We Keep Things Simple to help save our Customers time and money, so it’s easy for them to choose Avelo time and time again.

Do the right thing

Do the Right Thing

At Avelo, Doing the Right Thing means treating everyone with kindness and respect, honoring our commitments, and being open, honest and transparent.

One Crew

One Crew

We work together as one team and win together as One Crew. This means every Crewmember owns their decisions and the experience we provide our Customers.

AndrewLevy

Andrew Levy

Founder, Chairman and CEO

Andrew Levy brings three decades of corporate and entrepreneurial experience in the aviation and telecommunications sectors to America’s newest airline in nearly 15 years. Since taking flight in April 2021, Avelo has quickly emerged as America’s most convenient, affordable and reliable airline.

Over the course of his career, Andrew has led profitable airlines from startup to scale. Prior to launching Avelo, he was a Co-Founder and President at Allegiant Air — one of the world’s most successful airlines — and CFO at United Airlines. Additionally, Andrew is a board member of Copa, Latin America’s leading airline — a role he’s held since 2016. He is also a board member at AerSale — a leading supplier of aftermarket parts, whole assets and services to the commercial aerospace aftermarket.

Andrew started his aviation career at ValuJet Airlines. Along the way, he also held senior leadership roles at Savoy Capital and Mpower Communications — a leading telecommunications and broadband provider.

Andrew earned a BA from Washington University and a JD from Emory University. He is also fluent in Spanish from his Argentinian roots. Andrew resides in Houston where he enjoys spending time with his family.

Leadership

The Avelo leadership team represents more than 400 years of collective aviation experience. We would love you to meet a few of them.

Greg Baden

Head of Operations

Greg Baden is the Head of Operations for Avelo, where he oversees and coordinates all aspects of the airline's operations, including Maintenance, Safety, Flight Crew Operations, and Ground Operations. Under his leadership, Avelo has built a track record for industry-leading reliability and established an uncompromising culture of safety across the airline.

Captain Baden is an airline industry veteran with 20,000+ hours as a commercial airline pilot, flying iconic aircraft like the DC-10 and 747-400 among others. He has also held executive positions at Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, and Northwest Airlines, which solidified his leadership experience and command of every facet of airline operations.

Before joining Avelo, Captain Baden was Allegiant Air’s Vice President of Flight Ops and Director of Operations. Prior to Allegiant, he served as the Managing Director of Flying at Delta Air Lines and held the positions of Managing Director of Flight Operations, Chief Pilot, and Captain at Northwest Airlines.

Greg holds a BA in Business from Eastern Washington University.

Daniel Camejo

Head of Legal

As General Counsel at Avelo, Daniel is responsible for all aspects of the airline’s legal functions, including regulatory compliance, corporate governance, commercial transactions, employment, and litigation. He also serves as the company’s Corporate Secretary.

With nearly two decades navigating the dynamic legal aspects of commercial aviation, Daniel has held key leadership positions at LATAM Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and now Avelo. Prior to his career in commercial aviation, Daniel established his expertise in corporate and business law through private practice in Miami, Florida.

Daniel holds Juris Doctor degrees from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and from Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela.

Giselle Cortes

Head of Airports

As Avelo’s Head of Airports, Giselle oversees airport operations to ensure an easy, seamless and welcoming customer experience. This includes our six bases, as well as our expanding network of spoke airports.

Giselle brought over two decades of airline industry experience to Avelo. Before joining Avelo in early 2023, Giselle was the Head of International Airports for JetBlue where she led all airport operations and international planning for 40 destinations in 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her responsibilities included establishing new routes and developing solid relationships with government officials, agencies, and business partners across JetBlue’s international locations.

Giselle is a trailblazer in the airline industry. She was the first female Latina executive at JetBlue. She served as a board member of the JetBlue Foundation and was a founding member of the airline’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. She is a transformative leader known for getting things done and for her dedication to creating a more inclusive world.

Sumit Goyal

Head of Digital

Sumit is the Head of Digital at Avelo, responsible for leading the implementation, transformation, and scaling of Avelo’s operational and Customer-facing technologies, platforms, and processes. This includes the company’s e-commerce and digital marketing capabilities.

Sumit has extensive experience developing robust product and technology strategy and transformation. He has a proven track record of successful planning, managing, and scaling technology operations in diverse and evolving global environments.

Before joining Avelo, Sumit was EVP of Product and Technology at Mattress Firm. In this role, he grew and elevated the overall customer experience through innovative sales strategies and a steadfast commitment to exceptional customer service. Sumit also held multiple positions at Overstock.com, most recently as Chief Digital Officer.

Sumit holds a BS in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology in Kurukshetra, India.

Scott Hall

Head of Flight Operations

Scott Hall is the Head of Flight Operations and the FAR Part 119 Director of Operations for Avelo. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the airline's flight operations, which encompass flight crew recruitment, training, standards, FAA regulatory compliance, and flight technology.

Scott brings over 30 years of aviation industry experience and has held various executive roles in operations, including Vice President of Flight Operations at ExpressJet Airlines, Vice President of Flight Operations at ATA Connection, and Executive Vice President at Airbahn Airlines. Additionally, he has served as a System Chief Pilot and a Managing Director of Operations Support. Currently, Scott holds numerous type ratings and has over 6,600 total flight hours.

Scott holds a BS degree in Aviation Business from Southern Nazarene University.

Sean Hopkins

Head of Contracts

Sean is the Head of Contracts for Avelo, bringing four decades of experience in major contract negotiations, operations leadership, and financial management. In his role, Sean is responsible for overseeing the company's procurement and contracting activities, which encompass the acquisition of aircraft, fuel, airport services, and more.

Sean has held executive positions at Allegiant Air, Corporate Aircraft Partners, and Sun Country Airlines, with roles that include Vice President of Fleet Planning & Fuel Supply, Vice President of Supply Chain, Vice President of System Operations Control, and Vice President of Finance.

Sean's aviation journey began in 1983 in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief. Sean holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas and an MBA from Emory University.

Hunter Keay

Head of Finance

Hunter Keay is Avelo's Head of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s finance-oriented functions, including accounting, tax, treasury, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), and investor relations.

Hunter joined Avelo as one of the most highly regarded financial analysts covering the airline industry. In fact, he has been named the #1 airline analyst five times throughout his career by Institutional Investor magazine.

Before joining Avelo, Hunter was Managing Director at Wolfe Research, a sell-side research boutique located in New York City. From 2011 to 2022, he served as Wolfe’s Senior Airline and Aerospace & Defense Analyst. Prior to that, Hunter worked as a Senior Equity Research Analyst covering airlines and aerospace and defense at Stifel Nicolaus from 2004 to 2011. Hunter also was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he primarily served clients in the Department of Defense sector in the Washington, D.C. area.

Hunter holds a BSBA degree in Finance from Bucknell University.

Jeff Koonce

Head of Accounting

Jeff brings a wealth of expertise to Avelo as Head of Accounting. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the company's accounting, reporting, business applications, and tax functions.

Before joining Avelo, Jeff served as Senior Audit Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP's Houston office from 2010 to 2022. During his tenure, he advised public and private companies across various industries. Jeff's experience spans a wide range of circumstances, including assisting companies through formation and startup, initial public offerings (IPOs), growth through acquisitions, and fresh-start accounting. He also possesses extensive knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Jeff is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and holds a BS in Business Administration and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas.

Gary Martin

Head of Technical Operations

As Head of Technical Operations at Avelo, Gary oversees aircraft maintenance, quality, regulatory compliance, technical support, and materials management - ensuring the safe and reliable performance of the airline’s expanding fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft.

Prior to Avelo, Gary was Managing Director of Engineering at Delta Air Lines and Vice President of Operations for EMEA at Rapiscan Systems. Gary’s career began at Eastern Airlines as a Structures Engineer, followed by a transition to American Airlines as a Lead Systems Engineer. He then made significant contributions at America West, leading aircraft and powerplant engineering as well as base maintenance. Additionally, Gary spent 12 years at renowned aerospace companies Honeywell Aerospace and Bombardier Aerospace.

Gary holds various certifications, including FAA Airframe and Powerplant Technician, Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six Sigma Green Belt. He earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Isaac Mavis

Head of Revenue Management and Data Science

Isaac is an accomplished data expert with over 12 years of experience bridging business performance with quantitative problems solving. His career in the travel industry began with Allegiant Airlines, where his focus on empowering departments to make data-driven decisions played a pivotal role in their remarkable growth, improved efficiencies, and strengthened profitability. Under his leadership as the VP of Data Science, Allegiant expanded its network while consistently achieving quarterly profits and margins unprecedented within the airline industry.

Prior to joining the aviation sector, Isaac served as a Systems Engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, where he designed autopilot control systems and developed flight simulations.

Isaac earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada - Reno, and an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth.

Jim Olson

Head of Brand and Communications

Jim is responsible for building and protecting Avelo’s brand, bolstering Crewmember engagement, and strengthening community engagement. His role includes brand marketing, public relations, social media, internal communications, and community relations and partnerships.

Beyond Avelo, Jim’s airline experience includes executive roles as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at United Airlines and Vice President of Corporate Communications at US Airways. Over the course of his career, he also served as Vice President of Global Corporate Communications at Starbucks Coffee Company and Vice President of Global Corporate Communications at Overture—the pioneering force behind search engine marketing acquired by Yahoo! in 2003. Jim devoted the first decade of his career to public relations roles in the automotive industry at J.D. Power and Associates and advising Nissan North America.

Jim earned a BS in Public Relations from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He also holds a certificate in Airline Disaster Communications Management from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Margaret Plummer

Head of People

In her role as Head of People, Margaret is responsible for Avelo’s payroll, benefits, Crewmember relations, recruiting, and onboarding teams. She plays a lead role in attracting, developing, and retaining Avelo Crewmembers (what we call our employees) and ensuring a positive workplace experience.

Margaret joined Avelo in 2021. She brings two decades of experience as an attorney and HR executive at Camden Property Trust – one of the nation’s largest multi-family apartment management companies.

Margaret holds a BA in Economics from Fairfield University and her JD from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.

Michael Quiello

Head of Safety, Security and Operational Excellence

As Head of Safety, Security and Operational Excellence, Michael brings over 40 years of commercial aviation experience and safety expertise to Avelo.

Michael is an industry veteran renowned for his expertise in safety and flight operations. In addition to being qualified to fly various commercial aircraft, including 757s, 767s and 777s, he has held executive positions at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, including overseeing safety at both companies. Prior to his career in the commercial sector, Michael served as a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying the A-6 Intruder, among other aircraft.

Recognized as a prominent figure in aviation safety, Michael has received prestigious accolades from the industry. In 2020, he was honored with the Don Engen Trophy for Aviation Excellence by the Aero Club of Washington. The same year, he was also presented with the Wesley McDonald Statesman of Aviation Award by the National Aeronautic Association, the FAA AVS Friend of Safety Award, and the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

Michael holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Haven, is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida and earned a certificate in Aviation Safety and Security from The George Washington University.

Trevor Yealy

Head of Commercial

As Head of Commercial, Trevor’s oversight spans all things revenue generation, including: Avelo’s Network Planning, Revenue Management, and Charter Sales. His responsibilities include route selection and analysis, capacity management, scheduling, pricing, and airport relations.

Having joined Avelo three years before its first flight, he has played an integral role in the company's conception, growth, and success. Trevor initially served as Avelo’s Head of Financial Planning & Analysis and Treasurer.

Prior to joining Avelo, Trevor worked with United Airlines in Fleet Planning & Strategy, and at JetBlue Airways, where he showcased his expertise in both Network Planning and Corporate Finance. He began his career with Boeing.

Trevor earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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