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Breeze Airways Secures Operator’s Certificate

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded an Air Operator’s Certificate to Breeze Airways, a startup, budget air carrier.  The certificate grants access to 49 airports, but the new airline has not confirmed the routes it plans to fly. 

Breeze Airways is the brainchild of JetBlue and WestJet founder David Neeleman.  The Salt Lake City-based company will initiate service using Embraer E190s, and it will take delivery of a large order of Airbus A220s in October.  The business plan focuses on direct flights between underserved secondary airports that are typically reached by regional airlines through big hub airports.

Breeze plans to hire college students from Utah Valley University as flight attendants. The program will give students their classes, housing and airport transportation plus a $1,200 monthly salary for providing “Seriously Nice” inflight service.  Once they graduate, however, their jobs end.