Bermuda plans on attracting more visitors with its new airline, BermudAir. The new airline officially launched as the archipelago’s only carrier flying year-round service to and from the US.
The start-up was approved by both Bermuda and the US aviation authorities, the Business Insider reported.
BermudAir’s inaugural flight is scheduled to depart on August 31 from Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport to Boston Logan International Airport, and bookings are now open to the public.
Flights to Westchester County Airport in New York will begin the same day, while service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will start in late September.
BermudAir sets itself apart by only offering business class onboard its fleet of 30-seater Embraer E175 planes. It will become the second airline, La Compagnie being the first, to only offer this class.
“I’d like to consider us as the world’s first short-haul business class airline, where our seats are very much like pods,” company CEO Adam Scott told Insider.
BermudAir released a press release stating that it does not plan to book the plane to capacity.
“Only 44 seats will be sold for each flight — all with both window and aisle access and plenty of space for carry-on bags — ensuring a comfortable and spacious in-flight experience for travelers,” the company said.
The airline has special style seating that has been described as “game-changing seating suites.” The all-business class configuration will be a 1×1 layout, meaning everyone has direct access to the aisle. But that’s not expected to come until November.
For now, with the unexpected presence of coach seats onboard the inaugural flight, the E175s will still have business-like perks, including free inflight WiFi, messaging, power, and entertainment, at least one checked bag (depending on the fare), under-seat storage, and “a distinguished level of onboard service.”
The service will feature “freshly prepared light meals and beverage selections” using ingredients sourced from local partners in Bermuda, according to the airline.
Introductory pricing starts at $199, but customers can expect to see an increase once the Aisle Class is installed.