Just under a year after Breeze first took flight from Tampa to Charleston the carrier’s future fleet will follow the same route. With its Summer 2022 schedule extension published today the airline officially filed its first routes on its newest planes. The first A220 flight is currently scheduled for 4 May 2022, with six destinations expected to see A220 service from Tampa that day.
The A220s will launch on 17 existing routes, but don’t expect them to stay there too long. Breeze still intends to expand its offerings into longer haul operations, with those routes to be announced “in the coming weeks.”
Not all 17 of the routes will see the A220 operate every day or every flight. Passengers will notice the different seat map and availability of the “Nicest” fare bundle indicating an A220 will operate a flight.
The “Nicest” fare bundle
Along with the new planes joining the fleet the company’s “Nicest” fare option also goes on sale. This bundle includes a larger seat in the very large premium cabin on board, as well as two checked bags and other amenities.
The launch of the Nicest product includes some seats on sale for just $99, though that is limited to certain dates and routes.
IFE/C, fresh food coming soon
Breeze also notes that some of the premium amenities will not be available on day one of the A220 service. The planned in-flight connectivity and streaming entertainment offering will be “outfitted later this year” on the fleet. This parallels the installation of the streaming IFE solution on the Embraer fleet, which came a few months after the initial operational launch.
Similarly, the on-board dining program will evolve later this year as longer routes are introduced. Breeze expects to add fresh food items to the catering options as trips grow longer.
A flexible first class cabin
Breeze also called attention to the flexibility it has in resizing the premium cabin on board. When it introduced the A220 last fall it included a large, 36-seat first class section with 10 extra legroom seats. That ratio can easily invert, however, with 12 first class and 45 extra leg room seats at the other end of the spectrum.
Because of the way these seat fit in the A220 forward of the over-wing exit, Breeze believes it can quickly adjust capacity based on route or seasonal demand. The 15 planes expected in the fleet by the end of 2022 might not all have the same layout, reflecting this optionality for the cabin.
Activation of the A220s in Breeze’s fleet remains subject to government approval.
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