The parent company of Breeze Airways has closed a $200 million Series B funding round led by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock Inc. and Knighthead Capital Management LLC. Breeze Aviation Group had previously raised more than $100 million and began flying in May. It is now serving 16 US cities and 39 routes. The airline was started by JetBlue founder David Neeleman The carrier said it would use the funding to expand operations. Neeleman said in a statement that the funding validates the company’s business strategy to offer nonstop flights at reduced fares between smaller cities “where the guest’s only choice today is a lengthy connecting flight through a large hub airport.” He said Breeze is “the best-funded startup in U.S. aviation history.” Breeze plans to begin taking delivery of 60 new Airbus A220s this fall, to be delivered at a rate of about one per month. It plans to use the aircraft on routes with flight times of more than two hours.