New low-cost provider Breeze Airways plans to develop after elevating greater than $200 million in its newest spherical of funding, which closed Wednesday.
The funding spherical, which included funds and accounts managed by BlackRock and Knighthead Capital in addition to further funding from earlier buyers, brings Breeze to greater than $300 million in startup capital. CEO and chairman David Neeleman, who has based a number of different carriers together with JetBlue and WestJet, mentioned that has made Breeze “the best-funded startup in U.S. aviation historical past.”
Breeze, which goals to serve midsize U.S. metropolis pairs that shouldn’t have direct air connections, began flights in Could and now operates 39 routes between 16 U.S. cities. Its present fleet consists of 13 single-class Embraer plane, and their common flight size is 2 hours.
The provider plans so as to add longer routes when it begins taking supply 60 Airbus A220 plane in October. Breeze expects to obtain about one A220 per 30 days for the following 5 years, in response to the provider.