U.S. startup Breeze Airways boosts Airbus A220 jet order: sources

FILE PHOTO: Airbus site in Toulouse

(Reuters) – Breeze Airways, the latest carrier founded by airline backer David Neeleman, has expanded an order for Airbus A220-300 jets with a fresh order for 20 airplanes, industry sources said.

Bringing the startup’s total A220 order to 80, the deal would make Breeze the second-biggest customer for the Canadian-designed A220 family after Delta Air Airlines, leapfrogging JetBlue which Neeleman also founded.

The order matches a purchase of 20 A220-300 from an undisclosed buyer, reported by Airbus in a monthly compilation last week. Airbus and Breeze both declined comment.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, David Shepardson, editing by Louise Heavens)