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What A Giant Shrimp Has To Do With Breeze’s Latest Route Launch

SimpleFlying logo SimpleFlying 5/20/2022 Lukas Souza
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One of the United States' newest airlines continues to make headlines with new route announcements, serving routes not typically operated by other major US airlines. But today's headline has to do with a shrimp... Earlier, Breeze Airways announced a partnership with Jacksonville's minor league baseball team, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Breeze Airways and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Breeze Airways is launching eight routes from the Jacksonville International Airport this summer, and today it officially inaugurates service from the Florida City. The flight which inaugurated Breeze's operations in Jacksonville headed to Richmond, Virginia. Because of the airline's dedication to operation in Jacksonville, Breeze also announced a partnership with a minor league baseball team.

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Miami Marlins, are now partners with Breeze Airways. Harold Craw, Executive Vice President / General Manager for the team, said,

“The Jumbo Shrimp are thrilled to welcome Breeze to the Jacksonville market and excited to get our partnership going following the first flight from Jacksonville International Airport. The Breeze mantra of ‘Seriously Nice’ aligns perfectly with the fan-centric, affordable family fun that we as the Jumbo Shrimp strive to bring to Northeast Florida.”

A few hours ago, the new partnership was celebrated at the Jumbo Shrimp game against the Durham Bulls. Danny Cox, Vice President of Guest Empowerment and Airport Operations, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Breeze is expanding

Breeze plans to operate the Jacksonville-Richmond route using its Airbus A220 and Embraer 190 aircraft. The Salt Lake City-based airline currently has 17 aircraft, three of which are parked. 13 of its aircraft are the Embraer 190, and 4 are the Airbus A220-300. This year, the airline has plans to more than double its fleet.

David Neeleman, founder, chairman, and CEO of Breeze Airways is also the founder of JetBlue, WestJet, and Azul Linhas Aéreas. Photo: Getty Images

David Neeleman, Breeze Airway's Chairman, and CEO is thrilled about the launch of the new route,

“We’re thrilled to launch the first of eight new routes from Jacksonville today. Breeze connects cities with nonstop flights where only connecting service has been offered by other airlines -- and Jacksonville is an underserved market which deserves many more nonstops. We’re looking forward to giving our Northeast Florida Guests many more nice, convenient, and affordable flights to their favorite destinations.”

Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Mark VanLoh was present at the inauguration of the new route and added,

“We are so excited for Breeze Airways to take-off in Jacksonville. They will provide nonstop flights to some of the airport’s largest unserved markets at reasonable fares. As Northeast Florida continues to grow, we look forward to Breeze growing with us.”

Breeze has recently made a significant number of new route announcements and has eight routes launching from Jacksonville this summer. Here are the routes:

  • Richmond, VA (Thurs and Sun, starting May 19);
  • Columbus, OH (Fri and Mon, starting May 27);
  • New Orleans, LA (Fri and Mon, starting May 27);
  • Providence, RI (Fri and Mon, starting May 27);
  • Norfolk, VA* (Fri and Mon, starting May 27);
  • Hartford, CT* (Wed, Fri, Sat, and Mon, starting June 3);
  • Westchester, NY* (Thu, Sat, and Sun, starting June 30);
  • Las Vegas, NV* (Fri, Sat, and Mon, starting September 8).

*Routes to be operated by the Airbus A220


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