BermudAir officially launched operations on September 1, after a one-day setback due to Hurricane Franklin, flying its Embraer E175 jet for the first time. The inauguration comes nearly a month after the airline’s approval and aircraft certification from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority.

Inaugural flight 

The airline celebrated the first flights to Boston and White Plains on Friday. BermudAir flight 2T301 departed its hub at LF Wade International Airport (BDA) at 08:12 and arrived at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) at 09:14. After returning to Bermuda at 13:00, the Embraer E175 aircraft registered VQ-BLU departed for its second trip of the day to White Plains Westchester County (HPN) as flight 2T223.

At the helm of BermudAir is Adam Scott and Chief Financial Officer John Bavister. Scott and Bavister both are behind Odyssey Airlines, a business-class airline that planned to fly transatlantic service between New York and London City Airport using an Airbus A220. Initially unveiled that concept in 2013, but the airline still hasn’t launched. Before that, Scott worked as an investment banker. Following the inaugural flight, BermudAir Chief Executive Officer Adam Scott commented,

“The first flight was brilliant, and we had an amazing first experience. Everyone had a fantastic time, and everything went off without a hitch, so we were very happy with the outcome.”

The airline has signed a lease for two E175s with Azorra Aviation bearing VQ-BLW and VQ-BLU registration. Although the airline markets itself as having a 30-seater aircraft, VQ-BLU is still in a 2-2 seating configuration with 88 seats from when it flew for its last owner, Flybe. With that said, the airline is only selling 44 seats, so every other seat is blocked, giving passengers a choice of a window or aisle seat.

Starting in November, the airline will implement its new business class product, Aisle Class, which features just 30 seats. Each seat will come with an individual table space, seat storage bins for bags, and a privacy partition with only two seats in each row. The seat is designed to create a feeling of space and exclusivity for passengers and was designed by the London-based agency Factory Design, which specializes in creating high-end cabin interiors. This new product eliminates many passengers’ window vs aisle seat dilemma.

However, BermudAir has two aircraft, and it is understood that the second aircraft, registered VQ-BLW, is being fitted with the Aisle Class configuration and will take VQ-BLU’s place in November. Both aircraft are ten years old.

Additional perks 

The boutique airline has made heatwaves in the news for its innovative premium-class service. In order to give the cabin a more spacious feel for passengers and speed up the boarding process, the aircraft will not have overhead bins. Instead, passengers can use under-seat storage for a personal item or carry-on.

Moreover, BermudAir offers free WiFi, including streaming entertainment, messaging, and in-seat power. Regarding onboard service, the airline will showcase native drinks and food from Bermuda. A light dining service will have extensive non-alcoholic and alcoholic drink options.

Expansion plans 

In addition to Boston and White Plains, BermudAir will add flights to Fort Lauderdale on September 22. Initially, the airline will serve all of these destinations six times weekly. Then, starting on September 15, BermudAir will increase service between White Plains and Bermuda to 12 times per week.

That being said, BermudAir faces significant competition from other established carriers like American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and JetBlue. Furthermore, WestJet and Air Canada Rouge dominate the Bermuda Canadian market.

Source: Simple Flying

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