Start-Ups Breeze Airways orders 20 additional Airbus A220-300s
Airbus has released, that Breeze Airways will order 20 additional A220 aircraft, while presenting the new livery on the A220 for the first time.
Start-Up carrier Breeze Airways has officially unveiled the new livery on an Airbus A220-300 aircraft for the first time. Simultaneously, the carrier announced that it has reached a purchase agreement with manufacturer Airbus for 20 additional A220-300 aircraft.
With the new order, the carrier´s aircraft backlog now amounts to 80 A220-300s. The first of those aircraft will be delivered in the fourth quarter this year. The Entry Into Service (EIS) will follow after test flights, on which all procedures will be learned by pilots and cabin crew.
According to Airbus, the manufacturer will approximately deliver one A220 per month to the newly founded airline. This means, that deliveries could last over the next six and a half years. This is in line with the airline´s growth plans for the upcoming years.
In May this year, Breeze Airways took off for the first time with an Embraer E190 aircraft. Initially, the airline plans to operate with 10 E190 and three E195. All aircraft are on lease which means that they could leave the fleet once a sufficient number of A220 aircraft are operational.
Breeze Airways´ business model is a low-cost model, meaning that the airline seeks to offer low fares for customers, while profiting from upselling options such as seat reservations, food on board or luggage in return.
Founder of the carrier is David Neeleman, which has already been launching airlines like JetBlue and Azul Airlines. The carrier was unveiled in February 2020, after being previously known as “Moxy”. At Farnborough International Airshow 2018, Moxy placed the initial A220 order, which has now been extended.
Choosing the A220-300 has been strategical by the carrier. Mainly, point-to-point service between smaller networks are being offered, a market in which the A220 excels. The aircraft was designed to transport between 100 and 150 passengers and incorporates newest technologies.
Powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G, the aircraft is capable of reducing its noise footprint by up to 50% and to lower the overall fuel burn per seat to up to 25% when compared with older-generation aircraft.
Over 170 A220s have been delivered to ten operators in various continents. Breeze Airways will be the next in line.
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