At the Airbus facility in Mobile, Alabama today, Breeze Airways unveiled their first of 80 Airbus A220s on order. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and will be delivered to Breeze in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday (October 26, 2021), Airbus announced the unveiling of Breeze Airways’ first of 80 Airbus A3220s on order at the company’s final assembly line facility in Mobile, Alabama. The carrier’s newest aircraft is configured in a comfortable two-class 126 seat layout with 36 Business Class and 90 Economy Class seats fitted with in-seat power and USB charging ports for all guests. Breeze’s new A220-300 will offer superior single-aisle comfort with the widest seats, the largest windows and more overhead storage per passenger. The aircraft will support the carrier’s objective to deliver a great travel experience with low fares and a high amount of flexibility. The new A220 is expected to enter revenue service with Breeze during the second quarter of 2022.
The Airbus A220-300 is exclusively powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. At today’s ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, Pratt & Whitney announced that Breeze has finalized agreements for GTF engines to power a total of 80 A220-300s, including 60 ordered in 2018, as well as the airline’s recent order of 20 more. Pratt & Whitney will also supply Breeze with MRO services through an EngineWise® Comprehensive long-term agreement.
In Tuesday’s announcement from Pratt & Whitney, Breeze Airways’ CEO David Neeleman, said,
“We are excited to fly our first Airbus A220 and to grow our fleet in partnership with Pratt & Whitney. At Breeze, we’re working to make flying accessible and ‘seriously nice’ for everyone. With industry-leading fuel efficiency, Pratt & Whitney’s engines will help us fly more passengers, farther, quieter and more sustainably, at lower fares.”
Breeze Airways also currently operates a fleet of Embraer E190 and E195 aircraft equipped with Pratt & Whitney APS2300 auxiliary power units (APUs).
Also commenting on Breeze Airways’ A220-300 unveiling today, Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo, said,
“We are honored that Breeze chose to continue to expand its fleet with GTF-powered aircraft. For decades we’ve worked with David and the airlines he’s founded, and together we’ve helped them grow into successful businesses. We’re looking forward to taking all that experience to help the Breeze team build another winning airline.”
Bringing together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s state-of-the-art latest generation geared turbofan engines, the A220 delivers a fuel burn and CO2 reduction of up to 25 percent per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The aircraft also delivers NOx emissions which are 50 percent lower than the industry standard, as well as a noise footprint which is half that of previous generation aircraft, making the A220 a good neighbor around airports. As of September 30, 2021, over 170 Airbus A220s have been delivered to 12 operators worldwide.
Source(s): Airbus, Pratt & Whitney