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Exclusive: Onboard Breeze Airways’ Inaugural White Plains to Los Angeles Flight + A220 Review

WHITE PLAINS & LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday, November 2nd, Breeze commenced six times weekly flights (except for Tuesday) between White Plains and Los Angeles on an A220-200 with 36 Nicest, 12 Nicer (Extra legroom) & 78 Nice seats making up 126 seats total.

Speakers: David Neeleman, Jorge Roberts and Natasha Caputo

“When you talk about Hollywood, Westchester County is the busiest county for filming outside of New York City, so it’s really going to be a 1 stop flight away from Hollywood stop producers to scout & film here in Westchester County,” said a Westchester County airport official.

“We used to always fly to Kennedy, but we would always drive by here and say, wow, I wish we had a flight. It’s such a great airport. We’re just so thrilled today to be offering our first nine-stop flight to LAX today.

People fly us, and people want to fly us some more, and we can just keep on adding some more destinations, “ said David Neelman, CEO and Founder of Breeze Airways.

Onboard flight experience


With 36 Nicest seats, Breeze offers an innovative product that lets more people book a premium experience at a lower price.

With service between first-tier & second-tier cities, fuel-saving aircraft, lower staffing costs, and more premium seats, Breeze is able to offer cheaper premium fares than its competitors from first-tier cities.

Fares one-way in Nicest start at $300, a bargain compared to flying any legacy carrier from New York’s JFK to the West Coast.

Even though you may not be getting a full meal service or lounge access, your journey is seamless as you fly from a secondary airport and save time, enabling you to have more productive work time.

In addition, from January, the airline will be adding wifi to its whole fleet and will also be introducing new A220s with only 12 Nicest seats for shorter sector flights that aren’t transcontinental.

First Class seats feature 39 inches of seat pitch, 20.5 inches of seat width, and special features, such as a footrest, for added comfort, and in-seat AC power and USB/C ports.

Cabin Crew


We were served by a crew of 3 (Chase Hagl, Bobby Bansal, and Tayla Furey)

2 of the 3 crew (Chase and Tayla) were part of the first classes from the Utah Valley University flight attendant program.

The crew was always on their feet, making jokes and helping passengers, which isn’t always something that you see on a flight.

Due to their young ages, you could see how excited they were to be working for a start-up like Breeze, especially as they helped a fellow passenger celebrate his Birthday a day late.

“We want to have a 50-50 division between young and old flight attendants in addition to forming more partnerships with the University of Hartford and Charleston for young recruits,” said David Neelman onboard the flight to me.

“It was great for me. They paid for my housing. They would put me in a hotel and pay for tuition,” said flight attendant Chase Hagl.

Conclusion


Breeze’s mix of service to secondary airports, new aircraft, a great product, hard-working crews, and cheap fares is a win-win for passengers.

“We chose Breeze to travel to New York City as it was cheaper than flying from any other city,” said a group of Finns on my return flight from Los Angeles.

“Expect more functionality on the app. More choices, concert tickets, hotels, meals on the planes, to make a super-app,” said David Neelman.

Breeze has a bright future ahead as it has just announced flights to Phoenix, Vero Beach (from White Plains), and Cincinnati, with further destinations to be announced in the next weeks.

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