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JetBlue founder launches new airline Breeze Airways

JetBlue founder David Neeleman has reportedly birthed a new airline called Breeze Airways to serve US cities that don’t get many direct flights.

Neeleman said his fifth air carrier, launched Friday, will operate non-stop flights between mid-size cities that currently lack “meaningful or affordable service,” news reports say. Breeze reportedly aims to offer its first flight by the end of this year.

“We brought humanity back to the airline industry with JetBlue,” Neeleman said, according to CNN. “Today, we’re excited to introduce plans for ‘the World’s Nicest Airline.’”

Neeleman has found success with a similar model in Brazil, where his budget airline Azul serves dozens of cities that did not get direct flights from bigger airlines, Business Insider reported.

Breeze has leased a fleet of 30 Embraer jets set for delivery starting in May and ordered 60 new Airbus planes that will be delivered starting in April 2021, reports said. The firm has also reportedly filed an application with the US Department of Transportation for an airline operating certificate.

The company will be based in Salt Lake City but Neeleman declined to identify the cities that will receive Breeze flights, according to travel blog The Points Guy.

“It’s really just trying to find a cluster. You can’t be popping all over the place,” he reportedly said. “We’re working on a couple of airports and we’ll see who actually comes to the to the party.”

Aside from JetBlue and Azul, Neeleman has also launched Morris Air and WestJet.