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Breeze Adds 10 More A220s, Transitions to All-Airbus Fleet by Year-End

The airline will pivot all scheduled operations to its A220 fleet by the end of 2024.

A Breeze A220 aircraft (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Low-cost start-up Breeze Airways announced on Tuesday it exercised purchase options for 10 additional Airbus A220 aircraft, bringing its total firm orders to 90 and solidifying the carrier’s position as one of the world’s top three A220 customers. The airline also confirmed its transition to an all-A220 fleet by the end of 2024, phasing out its remaining Embraer E190 and E195 jets to charter-only operations.

Breeze launched operations in May 2021 with Embraer aircraft, but later adopted the A220, receiving its first in December 2021. Currently operating 22 A220s, the airline expects to have 32 by year-end. The A220 boasts wider aisles, taller ceilings, and larger windows compared to similar-sized aircraft, contributing to a more comfortable passenger experience, the airline says.

“Breeze’s business model is to bring air service to underserved markets across the U.S. so the vast majority of our routes have no nonstop competition,” said David Neeleman, Breeze Airways’ Founder and CEO in a press release.

Breeze Embraer

A Breeze Embraer taxies for takeoff. (Photo: Cean One Studio | Cean Orrett)

“And the economics of the A220 are integral to that success, which enables thin routes to be profitable. We’re always growing, adding new cities and routes, but we’re also seeing more of our markets mature, resulting in more frequencies there too. Also, travelers love flying the A220 which is clear from our NPS scores in the mid 70s and our high percentage of repeat Guests. What better date than 2/20 to announce the purchase of more A220s,” Neeleman continued.

The transition to an all-A220 fleet will not affect Breeze’s charter operations. The airline says the charter segment has seen significant year-over-year growth, exceeding 50% in peak months.

The airline has 30 additional A220 purchase options, which Neeleman expects to use, he said during a press conference. Breeze says it will have the youngest fleet in the U.S. with an average aircraft age of less than two years old.

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