If you need an excuse to fly business class, here it is. Self-proclaimed ‘boutique airline’ BermudAir has launched with only business class.
The new Bermuda-based airline flies between Bermuda and Boston, Massachusetts; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Westchester County, New York, with most services rolling out this month.
These direct services offer travellers from East Coast cities and surrounding areas greater access to Bermuda and a premium travel option with average flight times of around two hours.
BermudAir Founder and CEO Adam Scott says the carrier focuses on stress-free travel.
“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.”
Scott founded Bermuda’s first airline this year to provide luxury and frequent year-round service between Bermuda and the East Coast of the US and Canada.
A concept that eliminates the window versus aisle dilemma
Those who can’t choose between a window or aisle seat won’t need to compromise. With 1-1 configuration – or only two spacious seats across from each other in each row – every seat has access to the aisle and window.
BermudAir ushers a new era of business class air travel with the introduction of what it calls “Aisle Class”. From November, BermudAir’s Embraer 175s will be configured with just 30 seats to feature unmatched privacy and ample workspace. Currently the airline is flying an Embraer 175 which carries 44 passengers, only with Aisle Class.
Each seat is equipped with plenty of space for carry-on bags, free Wi-Fi and entertainment and at least one complimentary checked bag (or more, depending on fare). Onboard food and beverage offerings are curated in partnership with local establishments, bringing a taste of the island’s renowned hospitality to the skies including the iconic Rum Swizzle. The Aisle Class cabin is designed without the need for overhead bins, creating a light and spacious ambiance which is designed for quick boarding and deplaning experience. Each seat has a privacy wall to create a personalised space along with in-seat power. The airline claims exceptional onboard experience and attentive service will be a signature of the BermudAir offering.
How much will it cost?
BermudAir offers three fare types: Light, Classic and Flex. Light includes one hand baggage, one checked bag up to 32kgs, onboard snacks and drinks, and free seat selection. The fare however is not refundable and changes are only allowed for a minimum of US$100 fare difference. The Classic fare turns it up a notch with an extra checked bag, cancellation until 48 hours before departure with refunds offered as a credit and free fare changes. Flex offers three checked bags and refunds until departure. A return flight travelling in October from Bermuda to New York Westchester on the airline’s cheapest fare type will cost $860. The Flex fare costs roughly $1,200.
A similar Light fare with JetBlue during the same period in economy costs $580.
Situated in the North Atlantic, Bermuda is approximately 1,000 kilometres off the coast of the eastern United States, offering convenient proximity to major East Coast cities. This makes Bermuda an ideal hub with its vibrant tourism industry and thriving business opportunities. With its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes and renowned hospitality, Bermuda offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and economic opportunities. The island has year-round temperate subtropical weather and 351 sunny days per year on average. Between its gorgeous turquoise water, pink-sand beaches, historic forts, unique shopping and distinct culinary experiences, it’s no wonder Bermuda is a popular destination.
Business-wise the island is known for its highly developed financial sector and attractively low corporate taxes.
By connecting Bermuda with major destinations, the airline hopes to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the island.
Originally published as New airline that’s only business class