Low-Cost Airline PEOPLExpress Soar to the Skies Once Again in June.
The iconic brand that made air travel affordable and accessible, PEOPLExpress, shall finally return to the clouds during June 30th with a low-fare service from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport to three cities: Boston, Newark, N.J., and Pittsburgh.
PEOPLExpress has recently announced its inaugural schedule at a lunching event recently with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, local dignitaries, airport officials and new employess. The schedule has included over four additional destinations: West Palm Beach, FL. (July 15), Atlanta (Aug.1), and St Petersburg, Fla,. and New Orleans (Aug 28).
Vision Airlines, dba PEOPLExpress, shall fly Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Vision Airlines bearing the logo of the popular 1980’s carrier of the similar name but with a fresh, green livery.
“From the very beginning, PEOPLExpress was designed to provide a fun, creative and innovative approach to air travel to dispel the myth that low air fares have to mean low service or an impersonal experience,” said Jeff Erickson, a long-time airline executive on behalf of the carrier. “PEOPLExpress is restoring the concepts of respect, value and excitement to the air travel experience.”
The PEOPLExpress management team identified opportunities in underserved markets from Newport News while developing a service model created on a great experience at an amazing price.
“Air travel had become an unpleasant, difficult and costly experience for many travelers – and in response to that need the new PEOPLExpress was born with a name that left an indelible mark on aviation history,” Erickson said.
Vision Airlines will operate all PEOPLExpress scheduled flights from its main base at Newport News with an initial fleet of three 737-400 aircraft, each containing over 150 seats- 138 coach seating and 12 Living Large seats featuring much more personal space for a fee. Both seating options shall feature the same level of in-flight service.
Fares have been priced as low as $76 each way.
PEOPLExpress has managed to develop a low-cost, a la carte service model what allows customers to create a customized travel product reflecting their individuals wishes and budgets. Customers can choose to fly at an ultra-low price with friendly and attentive service but minimal frills or they can opt to purchase extras they want make their trips more enjoyable, such as priorty boarding, pre-assigned seating or an upgrade to a Living Large seat.
Fees for check bags are down than that of major carriers, at $29 fir the very first bag and $25 for the second. Living Large seats are available at $59 per flight segment, exit row seats are $25 each way, advance seats assignments are up to $15 each way while carry-on bags in the overhead bins are $25 for each bag per segment. Beverages will be available for purchase to accompany the complimentary snacks.
“Add-on fees let customers decide what they want to pay for. While this is common in the industry, our difference will be in the level of service we provide and can-do attitude from check-in to arrival,” Erickson said. “It’s the service and level of personal attention that makes a difference. People want to be treated with respect and know that they are heard. That’s the PEOPLExpress difference.”