MIAMI – Start-up low-cost airline Breeze Airways has secured its long-awaited air carrier license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The License will enable the airlines to launch passenger revenue operations.
The FAA released the airline’s license, as well as its operating procedures and limitations, in a Department of Transportation (DOT) filing on May 14.
According to the paper, the FAA authorized the airline to operate the Embraer 190s at 33 US airports. Of those, there is a good number of cities in the eastern and southeastern United States. According to Reuters, there was long speculation that those cities were on Breeze’s destinations wish list. To name a few: Orlando, Hartford, Richmond, Virginia, Daytona Beach, Florida, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida, and Providence are among them (Rhode Island).
Also, the FAA designated three of the airports as “regular” airports that Breeze could use for “scheduled operations.” Those cities are Tampa (Florida), Charleston (South Carolina), and Islip (New York). Others on the list, like major hubs such as Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), are classified as dangerous by the FAA but are “refueling” airports and “alternate” airports, where “aircraft may land if a landing at the intended airport becomes inadvisable.”
The Salt Lake City-based airline has yet to release a road map or destination list. It is worth knowing that the list is one of the industry’s best-hidden secrets. However, According to Flightglobal, the airline plan to do so “next week.” Besides, the carrier is also due to start flying in a matter of weeks.
Long Awaited Debut and Criticism
In March, aviation pioneer and Breez founder David Neeleman told FlightGlobal that the new carrier would fly “rustbelt-to-sunbelt” routes to and from secondary cities with few commercial flight links. However, he was tight-lipped about details. Clients and rivals alike have been patiently awaiting the airline’s route network as the US air travel market will recover from a 15-month coronavirus outbreak.
Breeze had planned to debut in mid-April, but it postponed the launch until the FAA clearance. The airline’s website is mostly inactive, with a link to advertise employment but no option to book flights.
The Second LCC in 2021
Upon launching operations, Breeze Airways will segment itself as the second low-cost carrier to fly this year. The first is Avelo Airlines, which started flight operations in April from a base in Burbank, California. The Airline will fly from the Los Angeles suburbs to a network of 11 cities throughout the western United States.
Breeze intends to run an E190 fleet and augments its operations by using Airbus A220s starting in October. The new airline has been admonished for its decision to hire university students as part-time flight attendants. Moreover, its cockpit crew pay, which is well below the market is under question.
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