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We Tried America’s Latest Airline and It Was a Breeze


We not too long ago flew Breeze Airways from Tampa (TPA) to Tulsa (TUL). Don’t be stunned in case you’ve by no means heard of the airline, because it launched barely 4 months in the past.

Two Breeze Planes and Southwest's Missouri One at TPA.

Two Breeze planes and Southwest’s Missouri One at TPA

Our flight was on a random Monday morning after all the new airline buzz had died down and the inauguration fanfare had handed. No AvGeeks, no fits, no tchotchkes. Only a new airline, new crew, and plenty of cut price hunters trying to excise their pent-up journey demand. We positive love an inaugural. The truth is, that’s how we discovered ourselves in Tampa to begin with. However at the moment’s evaluation is much less flashy. Somewhat, we hope that is what others can count on now that a number of the preliminary pleasure and “newness” has died down.

Reserving with Breeze Airways

We discovered the Breeze Airways web site (and app!) to be spectacular for a model new airline. In a phrase: Polished. Breeze provides simply two fare choices: Good and Nicer. It’s a sensible contact to market fundamental financial system with a optimistic spin.

The 2 reserving choices on Breeze – Picture: Flybreeze.com

For our one-way from Tampa to Tulsa we selected the $84 fare, simply on the idea of getting a carry-on and wanting the additional legroom. It’s value noting that the $39/$84 cut up on this specific route has endured since launch. There are costlier days, however seeing a launch fare stay for quite a lot of weeks is nice when it comes to setting pricing expectations and letting vacationers unfold the joy of a brand new airline by word-of-mouth.

Flying Out of Tampa with Breeze Airways

Flying in to and out of Tampa is all the time a pleasure and this journey was no exception. It was not misplaced on me that my final go to to Tampa was onboard Citrus Flight 1 — the ultimate AirTran flight — to expertise firsthand the sundown of AirTran Airways. Later, I’d be taught that our Breeze flight would depart from the very gate the place N717JL pulled in, bringing the Southwest integration of Tampa’s hometown airline to a detailed. However this was a brand new day. It was time for a brand new airline to shine.

N910BZ, a 7-year old Embraer E-Jet at TPA's gate 44. - Photo: JL Johnson

N910BZ, a seven-year-old Embraer E-Jet at TPA’s gate 44 – Picture: JL Johnson

Breeze launched as a “TSA PreCheck airline.” This stands in distinction to the opposite upstart airline on the west coast which started operations previous to Breeze however nonetheless doesn’t provide PreCheck. Traditionally, new airways have taken a while to get by the method of turning into a TSA PreCheck accomplice. I’d suggest PreCheck advantages are of specific curiosity, as frequent vacationers look to attenuate the sluggish crowds and basic trouble related to the resurgence of leisure journey. The PreCheck line at TPA was as fast as one would count on on the Twenty third-busiest airport within the U.S.

Boarding was not a vivid spot. The gate agent didn’t house out group bulletins. It felt as if the complete airplane rushed to board directly. Fortunately the airplane wasn’t fairly full. The reassurance of precedence boarding, assigned seats, and reserved bin house alleviated any potential anxiousness.

Ex-Azure turned Breeze Airways E-Jet Interior. - Photo: JL Johnson

Ex-Azul turned Breeze Airways E-Jet Inside – Picture: JL Johnson

In-Flight Expertise with Breeze Airways

An actual perk of flying onboard Embraer planes — and shortly, the Airbus A220 — is the choice for two-seat sections. Calling Kansas Metropolis, MO house base, we spend virtually all of our time on board 737s and A320 variants. The three×3 format has lengthy been the norm for us, and we most all the time wind up with a stranger in our cluster. We welcome the variety of the Breeze fleet and the chance to take care of a small bubble of private house, significantly given the continuing international pandemic.

We chosen bulkhead seats which had loads of legroom. I remorse I didn’t assume to measure, as I’ve been recognized to do. The seats have been comfy, and the belt size was beneficiant. The security playing cards have been stunning and stared at me in the course of the flight. They insisted they arrive house with me. I by some means resisted their fixed nagging.

Earlier than takeoff, our Captain stood earlier than the cabin and made some fundamental bulletins. The presence and in-person engagement was appreciated. He introduced good vitality and set the tone in the course of the “delicate” portion of the flight. I’d later deduce through some post-flight survey questions that there appears to be an expectation {that a} pilot be seen and engaged earlier than takeoff. It was a pleasant contact and I’m glad this can be a metric the airline chooses to measure itself on. I believe seeing the pilot and listening to their relaxed, pleasant tone may assist relieve some jitters for anxious flyers.

The best inflight entertainment.

The very best inflight leisure

There was no in-flight leisure (IFE.) From my perspective that’s a non-issue. It appears I’m within the minority in not anticipating seat-back IFE for a two-hour flight. If wanted, I’m all the time completely happy to stare at one of many fashionable distraction rectangles I’ve lugged onboard anyway.

In-flight snackage. - Photo: JL Johnson

In-flight snackage, – Picture: JL Johnson

Snack service was environment friendly. The “nicer” fare included a delicate drink, a bag of chips, and a KIND bar. We couldn’t assist however discover the snack bar model alternative was one other nod to their nicer method of doing issues.

Breeze conclusion

Breeze provided a compelling expertise at a formidable worth. It’s clear that the airline’s management has invested loads of thought and capital into coming into the market with a aggressive product from day one. The airline seems to be constructed upon stable expertise. They appear to care a terrific deal about buyer expertise but are by some means priced like another ULCC. From reserving by to the post-flight survey, we encountered touches of excellence and surprising delights all alongside the best way.

I hope for the way forward for the airline business that Breeze units the stage for its a lot bigger friends to comply with. Should you haven’t flown them but, it’s best to.

Managing Correspondent – Lee’s Summit, MO. JL joined AirlineReporter in 2012 and has since change into one among our most tenured and prolific writers. His passions embrace catalyzing AvGeek ardour in others, spending an excessive amount of time on Twitter, and frequent journey. Whereas he is all the time in search of the following huge journey, house is along with his rising AvGeek household in Lee’s Summit, MO, a suburb of Kansas Metropolis. E mail: [email protected]

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