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Breeze Airways, the latest entrant into the low-cost carrier category, has launched its first flights between such secondary cities as Charleston, SC, Tampa, FL and Hartford, CT. In its first phase of operation, will ramp up its network to 39 nonstop routes between 16 cities in the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Eastern US. In addition to Tampa and Charleston, the airline’s key hub airports are New Orleans and Norfolk, VA. Breeze will operate 13 single-class Embraer aircraft this summer, with an average flight time under two hours.

Beginning in October, the airline will add 60 longer-range Airbus A220s at the rate of about one a month over the next five years. With fares as low as $39 and extra fees for practicall­y everything else, customers get to choose ‘Nice’ seats, or ‘Nicer’ seats with extra legroom. The A220s will include a premium cabin, called ‘Nicest’ seating. Breeze, headquarte­red in Salt Lake City, is the brainchild of JetBlue founder David Neeleman, who is also the founder of Brazil’s Azul, Canada’s WestJet, and Utah-based Morris Air, later purchased by Southwest Airlines. flybreeze.com

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