31 MAY 2021
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A new airline.
First announced in February David Needleman is back, his fifth start-up airline, Breeze.
See BTN 10 February 2020 Breeze out to take on US market
Only less than a week after he announced his route network Needleman was at Tampa, Florida, for the airline’s first flight, to Charleston, South Carolina. He plans for a 39 non-stop route network between 16 cities in the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Eastern United States.
Breeze Airways will initially use a fleet of Embraer E Jets before it takes delivery of Airbus A220s later this year.
Neeleman’s previous airline start-ups were JetBlue, Brazil’s Azul, Canada’s WestJet, and Utah-based Morris Air, which was later purchased by Southwest Airlines. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, the firm will focus most flights from four main airports: Tampa, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Norfolk, Virginia.
Neeleman commented: “Together, we created Breeze as a new airline merging technology with kindness. Breeze provides non-stop service between under-served routes across the US at affordable fares. A staggering 95% of Breeze routes currently have no airline serving them non-stop. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customised flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly.”
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