Neeleman's Breeze and the A220

Breeze Airways has unveiled the first of its 80 Airbus A220s. Chris Sloan looks at the role the type will play for the start-up.

The unveiling of Breeze’s first A220s at Airbus’ final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, on October 26 – three more were due to be delivered before New Year – was particularly significant. The A220 represents not just a new aircraft type for Breeze, which launched in May 2020 with a modest Embraer E-Jet fleet, but the foundation of the low-cost carrier’s innovative, non-traditional business model. It’s fair to argue that if the A220 didn’t exist, Breeze’s strategy of bypassing hubs to bring high levels of service and low fares to under-served markets wouldn’t get very far – particularly where flights exceeded two hours.

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