Start-up carrier BermudAir says it plans to step up capacity to its initial three U.S. destinations.

It aims to do this through moving away from its initial plan for an all-premium class cabin layout, instead opting for a dual-class configuration.

BermudAir says that its initial flights from the tiny Atlantic island are going well, with strong demand for its services to Boston Logan International, New York State’s Westchester County Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Florida.

The company currently operates two 88-seat Embraer 175s. The intention was to outfit these with a new cabin configuration of just 30 customized business-class seats, dubbed Aisle-Class as each place would have direct aisle access.

However, supply chain problems with the planned seats meant the airline had to launch services with an interim scheme, selling only 44 of the aircraft’s original seats, to give passengers a more spacious flight with no neighbors sitting next to them.

From December 1, part of the cabin will be given over to economy-class seating. Exactly what proportion of the cabin this will include has not yet been released.

BermudAir announced the introduction of the dual-class cabin October 10, saying that the new seating arrangement would make it “more accessible for those seeking options to travel with the airline.

“The strategic shift in service plans enables BermudAir to honor its commitment to provide consistent, convenient service to and from Bermuda, while also responding to evolving market dynamics and preliminary guest feedback from its phased launch.”

“A key aspect of BermudAir’s business strategy since inception, and of our commitment to Bermuda’s community, is that the airline is available year-round,” founder and CEO Adam Scott said.

“In this way BermudAir covers seasonal air capacity service gaps that have made travel at certain times of the year challenging for residents and visitors, whether for business or leisure.

“Since launching in August, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to increase air capacity for Bermuda. A dual-class cabin allows us to continue to deliver on that promise, giving our guests more options to fly with BermudAir,” Scott added.

“After nearly 170 successful flights, it’s clear that there is strong demand for direct, short-haul and premium flights between Bermuda and the East Coast. We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our guests about their experience onboard BermudAir, but guests also desire more options and flexibility. BermudAir is uniquely positioned to fill that need with our dual-class cabin.”

The airline adds that it sees an opportunity to eventually grow the fleet, to service additional markets and countries. “However, in the short term we remain focused on our service to Westchester, Boston and Fort Lauderdale.”

Source: Aviation Week

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