Issue No. 816

David Neeleman's Fifth Act

The Serial Airline Founder Tells Airline Weekly Why He Launched Breeze

Pushing Back: Inside the Issue

It's a new Breeze blowing into the U.S. market. (We couldn't resist the bad joke.) But in all seriousness, Breeze founder David Neeleman tells us this week why he's launching his fifth airline and how he thinks it will serve a niche other airlines have abandoned. How will it be different from Allegiant or the other new airline that launched recently, Andrew Levy's Avelo? Check the Feature Story to read what Neeleman thinks in his own words.

In other news, Ryanair is furious at Boeing for delivery delays of its high-density 737 Max 8 200s. We submit the quote below as evidence for how angry the Irish budget carrier is. Ryanair now has no confidence that it will have its new "Gamechangers," as it calls the Max, before the summer, just as the European leisure market starts to heat up. Elsewhere, JetBlue announces routes to Heathrow and Gatwick, a lot of interesting things are happening at Newark, and cargo pushes Korean Air into its fourth consecutive profitable quarter. Yes, you read that right.


"But as the management team in Seattle continues to mismanage the process, I think there’s a real risk now that we may not see any of these aircraft in advance of summer 2021."

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary on Boeing's delayed deliveries of the carrier's 737 Max aircraft

The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

New episodes drop every week and are available wherever you get your podcasts and on In the latest podcast, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss Breeze's planned launch and where it intends to fly. We also talk about why Ryanair is so upset with Boeing. Can Ryanair make "Boeing 737 Gamechanger" stick, or should it quit trying to make "fetch" happen?  Listen to episode.

Weekly Skies

Ryanair blasted Boeing for delaying the delivery of the first of 210 737 Max 8 200 aircraft, despite regulators certifying the high-density version of the jet in early April. The European low-cost-carrier now says it has no confidence that Boeing…

Routes and Networks

It only took two years, a new aircraft, and a global pandemic to get JetBlue Airways into London Heathrow. Flights between its New York JFK base and Heathrow begin on August 11, followed by a second flight between JFK and London…

Landing Strip

Which airlines will operate from a new terminal under construction at Newark Liberty International Airport is a hot topic in the hyper-competitive New York City market.

Sky Money

International airlines without local markets have fared worse through the crisis than those that can fall back on domestic flying when borders close. Industry leader Singapore Airlines is in that former group with plans to raise another S$6.2 billion ($4.7…

Feature Story

David Neeleman has the airline bug. At 61, he is launching his fifth carrier, Breeze Airways. The concept is simple: apply the low trip-cost model behind the success of Azul in Brazil to the U.S. But instead of a hub-and-spoke…