Breeze Airways, the new carrier founded by David Neeleman, reportedly expanded the order of A220-300 jets by 20 units, according to Reuters sources.
If confirmed, Breeze’s firm order would reach 80 planes of which the first model will be received in the second half 2021.
In March, Airbus included a new order for 20 A220 jets in its report, but the aircraft appeared to be from an undisclosed customer. Airbus and Breeze did not comment to Reuters.
Long awaited, the Neeleman’s new low cost airline should debut in the US during the summer. But for this purpose it will initially fly used E190 and E195 aircraft, some of them from Azul, a Brazilian carrier also founded by the businessman.
In recent statements, the CEO of Breeze said that Embraer’s planes had a huge reduction in leasing costs, which made them more profitable on short-haul routes.
The A220, on the other hand, is considered by him to be an aircraft with a high purchase price, but with a very low operating cost.
The biggest news from Breeze, however, is not in the air. It is the long-awaited app that will allow its passengers to purchase tickets and customize the entire service without the need for human contact. Hence the operational savings envisioned by Neeleman.
Breeze will also have a differentiated network, connecting airports in small and medium-sized cities that do not have direct flights. E-Jets will be responsible for connections within the United States, while A220s will be allocated on routes between destinations with greater demand and distance.