Breeze Airways, a new budget airline created by JetBlue CEO David Neeleman, plans to make its debut in 2021. Breeze aims to become the ‘world’s nicest airline’.
“Welcome to Breeze Airways, a new airline scheduled for take off in 2021! We are a group of aviation experts and fanatics, working day and night to build something brand new and really special for guests. Stay tuned, and until then, have a nice day!’ – a statement on the Breeze Airways website says.
In addition to Breeze and JetBlue, Neeleman is also the creator of Azul Brazilian Airlines, WestJet, and Morris Air, which he sold to Southwest Airlines.
The airline will be offering domestic flights in the US and will fly from small airports in a bid to offer short travel times for passengers. These are places that don’t have direct flights or require at least one (or more) stops or modes of transportation in order to get there.
“We think there’s a market where you can go with a smaller plane with a lower trip cost and service these cities that have been forgotten or neglected,” Neleeman said.
“I would be very surprised if a single route had non-stop service competition. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of city pairs that are crying out for non-stop flights,” Neeleman said.
Routes have not yet announced, although the airline has started hiring flight attendants and pilots, and already took delivery of one of its first planes in February.
The Embraer E190 aircraft is one of a fleet of 15 for the airline which will be on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC)
“We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with Nordic Aviation Capital and to take delivery of our first Embraer E190 from NAC. We look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship together as well as the next 14 aircraft.” – said Neeleman in a statement.