April 27, 2021 / Breeze Airways (ICAO: MXY) reportedly added 20 more aircraft to its order for 60 Airbus A220-300s, taking the total number to 80. That would make Breeze the second larger customer of the type, following Delta Airlines (DL).
Breeze, which is expected to launch within days ahead of a planned start of operations in the second half of May, currently has a fleet of four aircraft: 2 ERJ-195s and 2 ERJ-190s. Some 42 more ERJs are expected to arrive in the months to come to sustain the beginning of operations for a total of 46, while the first A220-300 will be accepted into the fleet in October.
At the beginning of February, the airline had received from the US department of Transportation (DoT) authorizations to fly up to 22 aircraft by the end of 2021.
In a recent interview published by Airline Business, Breeze’s founder and CEO David Neeleman openly expressed his enthusiasm for the A220-300, underlining its exceptional economics and extraordinary range capabilities. Neeleman even revealed that Breeze would be working with Airbus in order to add an extra tank to the aircraft to increase the aircraft fliyng time to over seven hour, opening routes “to South America from Florida, Europe from the US north easter coast, Hawaii from anywhere west of Kansas”. (Photo Wikimedia Commons / Romain Coupy)