US budget airline orders 20 more Airbus aircraft

New A220-300 Breeze livery
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US airline Breeze Airways has confirmed that it has reached a purchase agreement with aircraft manufacturer Airbus for 20 more A220-300 aircraft.

This previously undisclosed order for 20 brings Breeze’s total order book to 80 A220-300s, the first of which will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021. The airline also revealed its new livery for its A220-300 fleet.

The order will boost production levels at the Airbus plant in Broughton, near Chester, which employs around 4,500 staff making wings for all the group’s commercial craft.

The Breeze aircraft’s fresh paint job was completed at Airbus’s facility in Mobile, Alabama, which will deliver approximately one A220 per month to Breeze over the next six-and-a-half years.

The airline plans to begin flights with the Airbus fleet in the second quarter of 2022.

The A220 superior efficiency will support the new airline’s business objectives to offer a great travel experience, with low fares and high flexibility. Breeze is expected to provide non-stop service between under-served routes across the US at affordable fares.

Breeze started airline operations in May 2021. This first A220 is the first new aircraft that will be operated by the airline.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines.

Benefitting from the latest technologies, the A220 is the quietest, cleanest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category.

Featuring a 50% reduced noise footprint and up to 25% lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous generation aircraft, as well as around 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards, the A220 is an ideal aircraft for urban operations, says Airbus.

More than 170 A220s have been delivered to 10 operators in Asia, North Americas, Europe, and Africa.

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