The Story Of David Neeleman And His New Startup Breeze Airways

David Neeleman is genuinely an aviation legend. Born in Sao Paulo, he has founded five commercial airlines, four…

The Story Of David Neeleman And His New Startup Breeze Airways

David Neeleman is genuinely an aviation legend. Born in Sao Paulo, he has founded five commercial airlines, four of which are still operational and have become well-known names. His most recent startup, Breeze Airways, launched operations earlier this year in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Neeleman is somewhat of a serial aviation entrepreneur. Photo: Getty Images

A serial airline starter

Few people can claim to have started as many successful airlines as Neeleman. His first airline adventure saw the launch of Morris Air with June Morris. The airline was launched in 1984, operating charter flights before branching out to scheduled flights in 1992. Two years later, the airline was acquired by Southwest. Morris Air operated the Boeing 737.

The next carrier to become associated with the Neeleman name was WestJet. The Canadian carrier was launched in June 1994. Like Morris Air, WestJet was a project between several parties and began operations with the Boeing 737. Today, the airline is Canada’s second-largest carrier.

Going it alone

Having founded Morris Air and WestJet with others, Neeleman’s thirst startup saw him going it alone. In 1998 he founded JetBlue under the name NewAir. The airline went on to commence operations under the name JetBlue in February. Unlike his last two airlines, JetBlue was launched with the Airbus A320 family. Today, the airline is one of the major US airlines and has recently branched across the Atlantic to London.

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Neeleman went it alone to launch his third airline. Photo: Getty Images

After JetBlue, Neeleman decided to return to his routes for his fourth startup. Neeleman founded Azul Brazilian Airlines in 2008. Initially operating the Embraer family, the airline has branched out to the A320 family and even the widebody Airbus A330. Additionally, Neeleman had held a 45% stake in TAP Air Portugal, though this was sold last year.

Starting an airline is a breeze by now

This brings us to Neeleman’s latest creation, Breeze Airways. Remember how JetBlue was founded as NewAir? Neeleman took a similar approach with Breeze, which was initially founded as Moxy Airways in 2018. Like Azul, Breeze flew the Embraer family when it commenced operations in late May. Some of these even came from Azul.

However, things are set to change moving forwards. The airline is currently looking forward to its first of 80 Airbus A220 aircraft. Over the coming years, Breeze is set to become a considerable force in the aviation industry like the startups that preceded it.

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Breeze is expecting 80 Airbus A220 aircraft. Photo: Airbus

Where is Breeze heading next?

It’s always impossible to predict where the future of flying will take us. After all, nobody foresaw the drastic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the people best placed to predict where things are heading are the aviation legends such as Mr. Neeleman.

Hear from Neeleman and other industry leaders at the upcoming Future Flying Forum.

You can hear from David Neeleman and other key industry figures at our upcoming event, the Future Flying Forum. Taking place on November 10th and 11th, the event is online and free to attend. Each day will contain keynote interviews, along with a series of breakout discussions where you can get involved. Each day will end with the Simple Flying Avgeek Quiz, with an array of fabulous prizes to be won.

Grab your free boarding pass for the event now!

David Neeleman will close the event with a talk starting at 18:00 on November 11th, entitled Defying all odds – Breeze Airways.

You can grab your free boarding pass for the Future Flying Forum now.

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Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back

Singapore Airlines is to bring back its Manchester-Houston service from December 1st. The route, which was Singapore Airlines’…

Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back

Singapore Airlines is to bring back its Manchester-Houston service from December 1st. The route, which was Singapore Airlines’ first transatlantic service from the UK when announced in 2016, will restart for the first time since the pandemic outbreak. Flights will run three times a week onboard the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A350-900s in a three-class configuration.

Singapore Airlines is resuming its popular Manchester-Houston service. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Singapore Airlines brings back Manchester-Houston

Singapore Airlines has announced it will resume its Manchester-Houston service after the route was suspended for around 18 months. Flights are set to restart on December 1st and run three times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

The schedule is as follows:

  • SQ52 will depart Manchester at 10:05, arriving in Houston at 14:25
  • SQ51 will depart Houston at 18:50, arriving in Manchester at 09:30 the next day

Mohamed Rafi Mar, UK and Ireland General Manager at Singapore Airlines, said,

“We are delighted to resume our Houston flights and offer more travel options to our passengers from the Manchester region, after relaunching our flights to Singapore in the summer.”

Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back
The Manchester-Houston service will operate three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Photo: Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

The decision comes after the U.S announced it will allow British travelers into the country from November 8th. Before the COVID pandemic, Manchester-Houston was one of the airline’s most popular ‘fifth-freedom‘ routes, as well as its first transatlantic service from the UK when launched in 2016.

Karen Smart, Manchester Airport Managing Director, said,

“It’s great to see Singapore Airlines bring back its Houston service, which pre-pandemic was very popular with our passengers across the north.”

Flights will be operated by the A350-900

The carrier’s A350-900 fleet will serve the Manchester-Houston route. Planes will be in a three-class configuration, consisting of 42 business (1-2-1 layout), 24 premium economy (2-4-2) and 197 economy class (3-3-3) seats.

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Singapore Airlines has the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A350s. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Singapore Airlines has a fleet of 55 A350-900s, overtaking Qatar Airways as the world’s largest A350 operator. Simple Flying got the chance to fly business class on one of SIA’s A350-900s back in 2019.

Karen Smart added,

“With the US opening up to British passengers from November 8 this route will be well received by the three million people across our catchment area that fly to and from America each year.”

35 years at Manchester Airport

Singapore Airlines returned to Manchester Airport this summer after an enforced hiatus, resuming its Manchester-Singapore service. This route is also served by the airline’s fleet of A350-900s in the same three-class configuration and runs thrice weekly.

Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back
Singapore Airlines has operated at Manchester Airport since 1986. Photo: Getty Images

The airline has long retained a presence in Manchester (since 1986), with its return marking 35 years at the airport. Its popular Manchester-Houston route was first introduced in 2016 and became SIA’s first transatlantic service from the UK. Interestingly, the first-ever commercial A350 flight from Manchester was conducted by Singapore Airlines on the same route.

Are you happy to see SIA restarting its Manchester-Houston service? Do you have any plans to fly with SIA from Manchester? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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