The ‘World’s Nicest Airline’ Breeze Airways is now scheduled for take off in 2021 according to the airline’s website. Breeze which applied for an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in February was planning to start operations in the second half of 2020 between mid-sized US city pairs that don’t currently have nonstop service.
The postponement of the airline launch is likely linked to the low travel demand that is currently being experienced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Neeleman, Breeze’s CEO and president, “Breeze will fly non-stop service between places currently without meaningful or affordable service.”
Previously named Moxy Airlines, the start-up airline is the latest in a string by the same founder as JetBlue, and will be based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. Until the deliveries of these starting in April 2021, the airline was planning to lease Embraer E195 from Brazil-based Azul Linhas Aéreas, another airline founded by Neeleman.
The Airbus A220 (formerly Bombardier CSeries) is a family of narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jet airliners that can seat 108 to 133 in the A220-100 and 130 to 160 in the A220-300 making it ideal for Breeze’s planned routes. The A220’s fuel burn is 20% lower than the market thanks to its efficient aerodynamics, advanced materials and new engines.