Poll: Do you think David Neeleman’s new Breeze Airways will successfully fill its unserved U.S. city pairs nonstop service niche?

David Neeleman’s new U.S.-based airline has been officially christened Breeze Airways and aims to be operating by the end of 2020 using leased Embraer E195s, the carrier confirmed Feb. 7.

Breeze planned to submit its applications for a U.S. Department of Transportation certificate and a Federal Aviation Administration Part 121 air operator certificate by the close of business Feb. 7, outlining plans to connect “mid-sized U.S. city pairs that currently have no nonstop service,” the carrier said in a statement. 

Breeze enters a U.S. domestic market that has been streamlined by consolidation. Each of the four major airlines—American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines—offer more domestic seats than the next four-largest airlines combined. But it also has seen notable growth in smaller markets, thanks in part to aggressive growth by ULCCs and major operators—notably American Airlines and United Airlines—adding regional service to feed their hubs.

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