Breeze Airways, the low-cost startup from JetBlue founder David Neeleman, is again in enlargement mode.
The airline introduced Wednesday that it’ll start flying from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California (SNA) to Orlando, Florida (MCO), and Provo-Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah (PVO).
Orange County marks Breeze’s thirty fourth airport since launching in late-spring 2021.
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Every day service to each Orlando and Provo is scheduled to start Feb. 16, together with flights between Provo and Orlando.
Breeze will function the flights with its new Airbus A220-300 fleet, that includes each further legroom and first-class seats (these seats will be bought as an improve, and are additionally included with Breeze’s “Nicest” fare product). The primary class seats supply beneficiant recline and built-in legrests, a rarity for a home firstclass product.
Breeze launched final yr by working quick flights of lower than two hours with a fleet of Embraer E190 and E195 regional jets leased from Azul in Brazil, which Neeleman additionally based. The A220 that the provider has since added to its fleet has the vary to attach any two cities within the continental U.S., permitting Breeze to broaden and function longer-range routes between smaller airports.
The enlargement announcement comes after a troublesome summer season for Breeze throughout which the low-cost provider postponed the launch of quite a few new routes and markets, citing staffing shortages and provide chain points, together with supply delays from Airbus.
The state of affairs has since improved, chief industrial officer Lukas Johnson advised TPG in a name on Wednesday.
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“We’re again into heavy progress mode, which is thrilling,” Johnson stated. “We’re ramping in a short time.”
“We’ll be asserting much more spring markets within the coming weeks after which clearly early subsequent yr, and we’ll continue to grow from there,” he added.
Johnson confirmed that the airline nonetheless plans to launch the beforehand postponed routes, together with a number of from Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX).
Within the meantime, Orange County represents an thrilling alternative for the airline, Johnson stated, noting that it could actually take years of ready with a view to get touchdown rights on the airport.
“In the present day marks each our 100th nonstop and our 34th vacation spot with the addition of Orange County,” Tom Doxey, Breeze Airways’ president, stated in an announcement that additionally nodded to the presence of Disney parks close to each MCO and SNA. “I can’t consider a greater strategy to commemorate this milestone than for the ‘nicest airline’ to attach two of the ‘happiest locations on earth’ whereas additionally giving our Provo Friends an epic daytrip choice from their home to the ‘home of the mouse’ in Orange County.”
Fares begin at $119 every manner between Orange County and Orlando, and $49 every manner between Orange County and Provo if bought by November 15. “Nicest” fares begin at $199 and $99, respectively.