In 2021, Breeze Airways began operations in the United States. During the airline’s first seven months, Breeze managed to fly more than 330,000 guests on more than 5,500 flights, founder and CEO David Neeleman said. What can we expect next from the new carrier? Let’s investigate further.
Going up and beyond
By the end of May, Breeze Airways completed its inaugural flight connecting Tampa, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina. It used an Embraer E195 with flight number MX1. Since then, the airline has been establishing itself in the United States. The airline now serves 42 routes across the US. Moreover, it expects to launch eight new routes in February.
In a message sent to the Breeze Airways team, David Neeleman wrote,
“Breeze started flying just before Memorial Day this year, and we launched service from 16 cities over the summer. In the seven months since launch, more than 20-percent of our guests are already repeat Breeze flyers.”
In 2021, Breeze Airways flew more than 330,000 guests on more than 5,500 flights, Neeleman added. The average flight of Breeze Airways have a capacity for 113 passengers; therefore, Breeze Airways’ load factor during these first months has been 53%, approximately, which is not bad but also, not amazing.
The airline has built its network around small-to-medium-sized cities. It serves routes that have little to no competition. We are flying where people don’t, said Neeleman last year while speaking at Simple Flying’s Future Flying Forum.
Approximately 80% of Breeze’s available seat miles through 2021 summer had no nonstop competition.
What’s next for the new airline?
In 2022, Breeze Airways will remain to connect unserved routes. Next month, it will launch eight new routes from two new airports, Islip, for the Long Island region and West Palm Beach. Seven of the eight new routes have never been flown before. All of them are presently unserved.
“Looking ahead for 2022, we’ll be introducing the first of 80 new Airbus A220 aircraft to the fleet along with our new, nonstop route. We’ve already announced a new service starting in February from New York/Islip and Palm Beach International. The journey is only beginning,” said Neeleman.
Breeze Airways received its first A220 on December 15, 2021. Nonetheless, the airline plans to start operations with the aircraft until 2022’s second quarter. The carrier currently has 13 Embraer E-jets and one A220-300.
This A220-300 has an N203BZ registration, according to ch-aviation. It has 36 recliner-style seats in a 2-2 layout, plus 80 economy seats in a 2-3 configuration.
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The incoming fleet
Airbus still has to deliver 79 more A220 aircraft to Breeze Airways. The airline is a firm believer in the A220 as Neeleman has said he would never say never to an Airbus A220 stretch. On the other hand, Breeze will not look into the A321XLR for now.
Breeze started as an Embraer operator (some are subleased from Azul, another carrier launched by Neeleman). But, similarly to Azul’s plans, Breeze is very aware next-gen aircraft will deliver more benefits than the E1.
The A220 is equipped with engine technology that allows a 25% lower fuel burn and maximum operational flexibility with its longer range, said AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly. The A220 is the ideal aircraft for Breeze’s fast-growing operations,” he added.
Breeze expects to receive up to 12 A220 units between 2022 and 2023. The airline plans to have six A220-300s by the time it begins operations with the model.
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