Compass Airlines has announced it has filed with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to transfer Compass´ certificate of public convenience at necessity to Breeze Aviation, the company said.
If finalized, the transfer would allow Breeze to engage in interstate scheduled air transport, per the DOT filing.
Breeze said by utilizing Compass´s manuals, resources, and processes, FAA certification will be completed more efficiently and, accordingly, the introduction of new service to underserved markets will be accelerated. This will result in the hiring of aviation workers and a more rapid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Breeze, a startup airline launched by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, originally applied for an operating certificate in February of this year, though it faced setbacks as the Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States soon after.
Breeze will be based in Minneapolis, Minn. and will take delivery of its first Airbus A220s, which will serve as the backbone of its long-term fleet, in August 2021. It will lease 15 ERJ-190 from Nordic Aviation Capital.
Breeze has raised USD 4.2 million since its original February application in addition to the original financing provided by Neeleman. The airline is currently trying to raise an additional USD 45 million by selling shares to about four other investors.