Flying on Breeze’s A220 in economy class – I would easily book again: review

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

A Breeze Airways Embraer E195.

Breeze Airways


Neeleman’s business plan is to fly between mid-size markets that don’t currently have nonstop service but have enough demand to be profitable, such as Huntsville, Alabama, to Charleston.

Inaugural flight of Breeze Airways David Neeleman

David Neeleman’s inaugural Breeze Airways flight.

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The CEO 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 maiden flight, Breeze has expanded its network with new routes, hubs and aircraft.

Updated road map of Breeze.


Breeze Airways


My trip started at Las Vegas airport at 11am for my departure at 12:10pm. Breeze departs from Terminal 3 and has its own check-in area.

Fly on Breeze's A220 in economy class.


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

Fly on Breeze's A220 in economy class.

I had two BreezeThru tickets.

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Unfortunately, at the airport, I discovered that the flight had been delayed for five hours due to staffing issues on the inbound route from Syracuse. Breeze accommodated the delay without apology and remained transparent with passengers throughout the wait.

Fly on Breeze's A220 in economy class.

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

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At the door, customers were told they could get reimbursed for up to $20 for food by submitting the receipt to Breeze online. The officer said this was to ensure people could eat where they wanted rather than at a specific restaurant.

Fly on Breeze's A220 in economy class.

I offered myself to Aunt Anne.

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

Fly on Breeze's A220 in economy class.

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 the mechanics couldn’t fix a maintenance issue that occurred on the inbound flight, so they had to wait until evening when it was cooler.

Fly on Breeze's A220 in economy class.


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The standard economy, or “Nice,” is Breeze’s most basic seat, offering 30 inches of spacing, 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, although the seat was still thin compared to some mainline carriers…

Fly on Breeze's A220 in economy class.


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Overall, I was very pleased with Breeze’s budget product, despite the long delay in Las Vegas. It felt more like flying on a mainline carrier than a budget airline, which is perfect for budget travelers who want a bit more space and comfort.

Fly on Breeze's A220 in economy class.


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