It has been a year and a half since Breeze Aviation was founded. As David Neeleman prepares to get his startup off the ground, he has turned to one of his other airlines for help. The company will sublease up to 28 Embraer E195s from Azul by 2022. Meanwhile, LOT Polish Airlines will receive the rest.
The delivery schedule is yet to be confirmed but Azul plans to let go of its E195 aircraft by the end of next year. Along with this, 32 of the leased planes will go to LOT. The transitions will start next month.
Last September, Azul received the first-ever Embraer 195-E2 aircraft. The airline has made 51 orders in total for more of the aircraft type from its fellow Brazilian firm. These 195-E2 planes consume approximately 25% less fuel per seat than the legacy models.
Additionally, they are powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, making them perfect for long flights. These attributes make the aircraft the perfect servant to take Azul to greater heights following its rapid expansion.
Neeleman founded Azul in 2008 and it is now Brazil’s third-largest domestic and second largest international carrier.
Neeleman has been just as busy with his new venture. Last year, Breeze made a firm order for 60 Airbus A220-300s. These are expected to also start being entered into service in 2021.
One of the key reasons Neeleman started Breeze is to serve medium-sized cities with comfortable services that can connect them better across the globe. He feels that many airports across the United States are still underserved. Therefore, he hopes to fill gaps in these market.
However, other airlines are also seeing opportunities in these segments. Moreover, United Airlines had introduced its Bombardier CRJ-550 to offer a first class service for those in underserved regions.
This 50-seat aircraft offers premium amenities with increased leg space and lenient baggage rules. Perhaps Breeze could look to go one extra and use its E195s to directly connect these isolated regions across the Atlantic.
Nonetheless, Neeleman is planning to offer something unique with Breeze as he describes it as a technology company, which happens to fly airplanes.
The airline still hasn’t secured an Air Operator Certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. However, this hasn’t swayed the businessman, who is unsurprisingly confident of the prospects of his latest startup.
Simple Flying reached out to Azul for comment on the reports. We will update the article with any further announcements.
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