As Neeleman’s new airline, Breeze Airways, edge closer to the start of operations, the company’s first aircraft has arrived in the United States.
An Embraer E195-E1 previously operated by Brazil’s Azul Airways, but stored since the beginning of the pandemic, made its way to the USA where it will be refitted and painted in Breeze’s livery.
According to Aeropflap.com, the aircraft with registration markings PR-AUB was taken to Macon, a city located in Georgia (USA), passing through some cities in the USA, and soon afterwards to the state of Indiana.
The information was confirmed by Azul itself, highlighting John Rodgerson’s speech about sending three to four planes to Breeze Aviation later this year. Azul signed an agreement with Breeze to lease 28 Embraer E-Jet aircraft, enabling the start of operations until the delivery of all ordered A220s.
Dubbed the ‘World’s Nicest Airline,’ Breeze Airways was planning to start operations in the second half of 2020, but this was put off to 2021. Breeze applied for an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) to provide services between mid-sized US city pairs that don’t currently have nonstop service.
The Salt Lake City based airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show with deliveries expected to start in April 2021.