Breeze Airways receives first ex-Azul E195

Aircraft tail number N190BZ was delivered to David Neeleman’s new airline on December 30

Breeze Airways already has an airplane in its fleet. David Neeleman’s new low-cost airline (founder of companies like JetBlue and Azul) received its first Embraer E195 on December 30th.

The aircraft, tail number N190BZ, was part of the Azul Linhas Aereas fleet, where it operated under the PR-AUB registration until 2019. With almost 7 years of use, the jet was leased by Elevate Captial Partners and will be part of the support fleet of new carrier, which will have the base of its flight network in the new A220-300.

Breeze and Azul had previously agreed to transfer 30 first generation E-Jets as the Brazilian airline intended to accelerate fleet renewal with the E195-E2, of which it has 51 firm orders, in addition to a lease with AerCap. But the pandemic eventually forced Azul to postpone the modernization program.

While the E195 N190BZ remains out of the spotlight, two E190AR jets have already been spotted with Breeze livery at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. The aircraft flew on Air Canada and were leased to Breeze by Nordic Aviation Capital.

Different low cost

Neeleman has described Breeze as a different low cost, which will serve point-to-point routes where other companies ignore demand. To make flights attractive, the executive promises an automated service where passengers will be able to customize their trip to levels never seen in the industry.

Breeze will debut in 2021, but there is no official date yet. The company is currently hiring employees, including crew members, and it is believed that the first routes will start in the middle of this semester. In the second half of the year, the company will receive its first A220, which will be responsible for flights to destinations located on the US coast.

Breeze’s first E195 flew on Azul Linhas Aereas until 2019 (Gabriel Magacho/CC)
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