Nearly three years in the making, David Neeleman’s fifth airline start-up is nearly ready to take-off
Start-up carrier Breeze Airways – which is the latest offering from serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman – has today (May 21) unveiled its debut network comprising 39 nonstop routes between 16 cities in the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Eastern United States.
The operator’s inaugural flights will operate between Charleston, South Carolina, Tampa, Florida and Hartford, Connecticut starting on May 27. The remaining desitnations are set to be added each week through to July 22.
Breeze is Neeleman’s fifth airline start-up, after JetBlue, Brazil’s Azul, Canada’s WestJet, and Utah-based Morris Air, which was later purchased by Southwest Airlines. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, the firm will focus most flights from four main airports: Tampa, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Norfolk, Virginia.
Neeleman commented: “Together, we created Breeze as a new airline merging technology with kindness. Breeze provides nonstop service between underserved routes across the US at affordable fares. A staggering 95% of Breeze routes currently have no airline serving them nonstop. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customised flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly.”
The new carrier will operate 13 single-class Embraer aircraft comprising three E195s and ten smaller E190s. The jets will have 118 and 108 seats, respectively.
Meanwhile, Breeze has also ordered 60 brand new Airbus A220 aircraft that are expected to be delivered one per month for five years, starting in October this year.
The A220 routes, which will be announced this autumn, will all be longer than two hours’ flight time. The next generation narrowbodies will include a premium cabin, dubbed ‘Nicest,’ in a two-by-two configuration at the front of the plane. The remainder of the aircraft will feature a two-by-three seat layout.