Launch delayed: Breeze Airways postpones first flights to 2021

An airline project that promised to change the landscape of United States’ aviation, was delayed. Breeze Airways, which was due  to launch its first flights in the second half of 2020, indicated its plans shifted to 2021 instead.

The airline, which applied for an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in February 2020, hoped to lift off with large amounts of fanfare at the end of the year. Now, the airline’s website indicates that it is scheduled to take off in 2021. While it did not exactly indicate why, the current coronavirus pandemic might provide a hint, as the United States economy and the demand for air travel had tumbled hard.

Breeze Airways made its first splash at the Farnborough Air Show in 2018, when the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with the first deliveries scheduled for April 2021.

Until then, the startup airline would lease the Embraer E195 from another airline that David Neeleman founded, Brazil-based Azul Linhas Aéreas. The latest Airbus Orders and Deliveries data showcases Breeze Airways still has 60 of the formerly-Bombardier CSeries aircraft on order.

Previously known as Moxy, Salt Lake City, Utah-based airline laid out its plans to serve secondary cities in the United States with a $100 million start capital.


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