Flying on Breeze's A220 in Economy — I'd Easily Book Again: Review
flying on breeze's a220 in economy — i'd easily book

Flying on Breeze’s A220 in Economy — I’d Easily Book Again: Review

The company, which was founded by airline entrepreneur David Neeleman, started with all-economy Embraer 190/195 jets.

Breeze Airways Embraer E195

A Breeze Airways Embraer E195.

Breeze Airways

Neeleman’s business plan is to fly between medium-sized markets that do not currently have nonstop service but have enough demand to be profitable, like Huntsville, Alabama, to Charleston.

Breeze Airways Inaugural Flight David Neeleman

The inaugural flight of David Neeleman’s Breeze Airways.

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The CEO has coined “We can get you there twice as fast for half the price” as the airline’s slogan.

Breeze Airways A220.

Breeze Airways A220.

Breeze Airways

Since its inaugural flight, Breeze has expanded its network with new routes, hubs, and planes.

Breeze's updated route map.

Breeze Airways

My journey started at Las Vegas airport at 11 a.m. for my 12:10 p.m. departure. Breeze flies out of Terminal 3 and has its own check-in area.

Flying on Breeze's A220 in economy.

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The flight was headed to Charleston via Syracuse, New York, which is what the company calls a “BreezeThru.” This is a layover where continuing passengers do not have to deplane before taking off for the final destination.

Flying on Breeze's A220 in economy.

I had two tickets for the BreezeThru.

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Unfortunately, at the airport, I found out the flight was delayed five hours due to staffing issues on the inbound leg from Syracuse. Breeze owned the delay without making excuses and remained transparent with passengers throughout the entire wait.

Flying on Breeze's A220 in economy.

Our new departure time was 5:10 p.m.

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At the gate, customers were told they could get reimbursed up to $20 for food by submitting the receipt to Breeze online. The agent said this was to make sure people could eat where they wanted instead of at a specific restaurant.

Flying on Breeze's A220 in economy.

I treated myself to Auntie Anne’s.

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I was frustrated with the delay but appreciated Breeze’s response. The carrier comped meals and was constantly updating us on the status of the flight.

Flying on Breeze's A220 in economy.

The employees working were communicative and helpful.

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Finally, after hours of waiting, the plane arrived in Las Vegas. However, the ramp was so hot that mechanics could not fix a maintenance issue that occurred on the inbound flight, so they had to wait until evening when it was cooler.

Flying on Breeze's A220 in economy.

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Standard economy, or “Nice,” is Breeze’s most basic seat, offering 30 inches of pitch, which is more than Spirit, Frontier, and Allegiant, which only offer 28-29 inches.

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Spirit Airlines’ economy seats.

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…adequate padding, though the seat was still slim compared with some mainline carriers…

Flying on Breeze's A220 in economy.

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Overall, I was very happy with Breeze’s economy product, despite the long delay in Las Vegas. It felt more like flying on a mainline carrier than a bare-bones low-cost airline, which is perfect for budget travelers who want a little extra space and comfort.

Flying on Breeze's A220 in economy.

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