In late August 2023, we saw the launch of BermudAir, a new airline offering service between Bermuda and the United States. The airline initially offered flights from Bermuda (BDA) to three destinations — Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and Westchester (HPN). The airline is now adding service to two additional cities.
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BermudAir adds more United States routes
As flagged by @IshrionA, BermudAir is expanding its service in the coming months, with new flights to Baltimore (BWI) and Orlando (MCO).
As of March 18, 2024, the airline will add 3x weekly flights from Bermuda to Baltimore, operating with the following schedule on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays:
2T551 Bermuda to Baltimore departing 8:15AM arriving 9:50AM
2T552 Baltimore to Bermuda departing 10:45AM arriving 2:00PM
The 820-mile flight is blocked at 2hr35min westbound and 2hr15min eastbound.
Then as of March 26, 2024, the airline will add 3x weekly flights from Bermuda to Orlando, operating with the following schedule on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays:
2T751 Bermuda to Orlando departing 3:30PM arriving 5:40PM
2T752 Orlando to Bermuda departing 6:40PM arriving 10:10PM
The 1,028-mile flight is blocked at 3hr10min westbound and 2hr30min eastbound.
Both routes will be operated by the carrier’s Embraer E175, as the airline has two of these in its fleet. Tickets for these flights are already on sale.
My take on BermudAir’s expanded service
BermudAir deserves credit for having actually launched operations, unlike so many other “airline startups.” In fairness, the airline is taking a pretty conservative approach, in the sense that it flies only two Embraer E175s, which were acquired after Flybe went out of business. To my knowledge, the airline doesn’t have any concrete growth plans beyond that.
So the airline might as well utilize these jets as efficiently as possible, as it’s easy to have each of these aircraft perform two daily rotations to the United States, for a total of four daily flights. That comes out to a total of 28 weekly roundtrip flights between the two aircraft. At least that assumes that there are no mechanical issues, in which case passengers are in trouble.
What I find more puzzling about BermudAir is how quickly the carrier’s business model has shifted. The initial plan was for the airline to be an all-business class carrier, with an innovative 1-1 seat design throughout the cabin.
However, since then, the airline has decided to ditch the all-business class concept, and is instead also offering economy. Not only that, but there is no firm timeline for when the airline will actually offer the business class product it has been promising all along, which is being blamed on delays with suppliers.
So the jet continues to have an 88-seat cabin in a 2-2 configuration, and business class passengers simply get an economy seat with an empty seat next to them, plus better service.
Even with a low cost structure, I’m skeptical of how this airline is supposed to make money flying in these markets year-round, especially with no feed. I’m curious to see how BermudAir evolves…
BermudAir is expanding as of March 2024, with new routes to both Baltimore and Orlando. These routes complement the carrier’s existing service to Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and Westchester. BermudAir’s business model has evolved quite a bit in the months since launch, and I’m curious to see what the future holds for the airline.
What do you make of BermudAir’s expansion, and the carrier’s overall prospects?