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BermudAir is an all Business Class airline that connects Bermuda and the US with year-round service. Tickets for its first three routes went on sale today with flights beginning later this month and in September.
The airline is ready to fly as it has received its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) and a foreign air carrier permit from the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Average flight times from all three destinations will be around two hours.
Flights will run 6x weekly between Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). BermudAir will offer daily service to Westchester County Airport (HPN). There are no flights on Tuesdays for the Boston route and Wednesdays for the Fort Lauderdale flights. The schedule above shows Westchester flights not available on Wednesdays, but when I did some dummy bookings they are selling seats.
BermudAir is operating Embraer E175 aircraft in an 88-seat configuration. Only 44 of these seats will be sold for each flight, which gives passengers an empty seat next to them (like intra-Europe Business Class). This will change on November 1st when the airline receives its first Embraer E175 outfitted with suites. BermudAir calls this Aisle Class. There will only be 30 of these on each plane in a 1-1 configuration. What I find interesting is that the press release notes that there will be no overhead bins, but passengers will have storage under their seats for both a carry-on bag and personal item.
All flights will offer free Wi-Fi and entertainment, at least one free checked bag (based on the fare purchased), and light meals and beverages catered from partners on the island. The airline will have a signature cocktail called the Dark ‘n Stormy.
BermudAir Founder and CEO, Adam Scott, said:
We are excited to launch BermudAir as Bermuda’s first carrier, maintaining our commitment to start filling seasonal service gaps and establish frequency of service to and from the island this fall. Our mission to elevate the travel experience for everyone and provide well-timed, traveller-centric, stress-free flights on these new routes is just the beginning. Establishing this year-round service is a first step in our journey to redefine the travel experience and we look forward to rolling out our phased introduction of BermudAir’s Aisle Class.”
Ticket prices seem reasonable with many days pricing at $498 roundtrip including taxes. That’s a heck of a good price to go to Bermuda. Pricing jumps to $999 one way when the new configuration rolls out.
There are three different fare classes: Light, Classic, and Flex. These mostly deal with cancellation, change, and refund policies. All include bags, food and beverage, and seat selection.
Anthony’s Take: This is an interesting new airline and one I’m tempted to try while the fares are low. We’ll see how it does and if it’s able to fill planes to Bermuda with enough passengers looking to pay a premium.
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