The start-up airline Breeze Airways reportedly plans to expand its fleet and has ordered an additional 20 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. It brings the total order to 80 A220 jets for the new US-based airline founded by David Neeleman, who has already set up four more air carriers, namely JetBlue Airways, WestJet, Morris Air, and Azul Brazillian.
Breeze Airways, which currently owns two Embraer ERJ-190s and two Embraer ERJ-195 jets, has reportedly ordered 20 Airbus A220-300 jets in addition to the existing order consisting of 60 aircraft of this type. The suspicions regarding a possible purchase had been reinforced by the latest update of the Airbus orders list, which showed that an undisclosed buyer ordered 20 A220 planes.
The recent deal could make the start-up airline the second-largest customer airline for the A220s after Delta Air Lines which ordered a total of 95 of the type. The airline expects to receive the first delivery in October 2021.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Breeze Airways was due to launch its first flights in the second half of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the launch to the summer season of 2021.
The company, which was previously known as Moxy and renamed itself in February 2021, is expected to ignite a new competition with already existing US air carriers focusing on domestic services.