New U.S. airline Breeze Airways has expanded its growth plans with an additional order for 20 Airbus A220-300 jets, industry sources told Reuters.
Bringing the startup’s total order for the jet to 80, the deal would make Breeze the second-biggest customer, A220 family after Delta Air Airlines and leapfrogging JetBlue.
Breeze is on course to start flying in the summer, David Neeleman, the airline’s founder, said at a recent conference.
Breeze is Neeleman’s fifth commercial airline and originally went under the launch name Moxy.
It aims to focus on underserved U.S. cities starting with older Embraer 190/195 jets, some of which have been inherited from Brazil’s Azul , another Neeleman venture which has been hit hard by a second local wave of the COVID-19 virus.
The first A220 jet from the existing order will be delivered to Breeze in October and serve longer routes.
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