Breeze Airways Gets Federal Approval


Startup budget carrier Breeze Airways got its Air Operator’s Certificate from the Department of Transportation last week but it’s remaining tight-lipped about where it will start flying. The federal document reportedly grants the airline access to 49 airports but the initial schedule is thought to include only about half that many. The airline, the brainchild of JetBlue and WestJet founder David Neeleman, will start service with Embraer E190s but will start getting a large order of Airbus A220s in October. The business plan is to fly direct between underserved secondary airports now reached mainly by regional airlines through big hubs.

The airline has already attracted controversy by announcing a plan to hire college students as flight attendants. The Salt Lake City-based carrier has reached a deal with Utah Valley University for a program that will give students their classes, housing and airport transportation plus a $1,200 monthly salary for providing “Seriously Nice” inflight service. Once they graduate, their job ends. Labor unions have decried the plan, saying it will guarantee that Breeze flight attendants will be less experienced than those at other airlines.

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  1. Great, just what we need. Another cheapskate airline to cut corners on safety. College students to replace flight attendants. Why stop there? How about recruiting rising Embry Riddle seniors for the right seat?

    • Funny, you say that. It is what use to be the practice. 250hrs was all that was needed to hire onto small commuter airlines. 1000 more hrs in a Cessna 172 teaching (not really flying) isn’t going to make a better small jet or Turbo prop commuter pilot. I would venture to say that the faster they are transitioned to the transport category plane the better. Raising the fight time did nothing for safety.
      High time Airline pilots don’t make better Cessna pilots… High time Cessna pilots don’t make better airline pilots.
      As for flight attendants, if they can’t learn how to safely attend a flight in 30 days, they shouldn’t be a flight attendant. I can’t recall a long term commuter level flight attendant. They want the job to travel, not to go across the state and back. Any 4 year commuter flight attendants raise your hand.

      • Probably not but I’ll bet the quality of training is much higher than any civilian outfit. I’ve had my share of 250hr wonders when I flew cargo, I’m glad the insurance requirements pretty much eliminate that issue in the charter world. Last thing I would want is a 250hr FO in any jet I fly, or any airliner that I am stuck riding on.

  2. How about doing away with airlines altogether? Simply install catapults at city centers and “flip” people to approximately their destinations. Baggage, of course, would be subjected to an extra fee. Probably with the right advertising, getting passengers wouldn’t be a problem. Everyone loves saving a buck, right? Maybe throw in a “free” before “flip” adult beverage!

  3. I agree with Ken S. The last thing we need is another “low cost” cheap airline. I’m sure that it will fall victim to bankruptcy after the competition price’s this new airline out of business, just like Skybus and Independence Air was.