The Airbus A220-300 is the only plane of its kind designed for 100 to 150 seats and features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials, and Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engines. It allows airlines to fly more routes with greater operational flexibility and lower fuel burn, carbon dioxide emissions, and noise footprint compared with previous generation aircraft.
Breeze is putting its first 15 A220s into service this month and plans to have at least 20 in the fleet by year-end. The airline says its A220s will be used “primarily for longer-haul flights, including transcontinental services.”
The carrier’s first A220s will have 126 seats, including 36 First Class seats in a two-by-two layout and 10 Extra Legroom seats, as well as 80 standard economy seats. All the seats are Safran Seats Z600 models with 39-inch pitch and 20.5-inch seat width and feature in-seat power.
While the premium-heavy configuration may be a head-scratcher for some aviation observers, Neeleman says this cabin will be dynamic and can be changed on demand or by route. He adds that Breeze also will offer high-speed inflight Wi-Fi and movies and TV shows that passengers can stream to their personal devices.
The airline plans to start flying routes from Westchester County Airport (HPN) in New York in September. The startup says it will launch routes to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as well as San Francisco. It will be the only nonstop flights to those destinations from HPN, which has limits on aircraft size due to runway length.