FARNBOROUGH — An unnamed “new U.S. airline start-up” has committed to purchase 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft according to Airbus. The aircraft, formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries, changed its name last week after a 50.01% takeover by Airbus.
The new airline is founded by a group of investors that includes David Neeleman, the founder of JetBlue. Neeleman is also a major investor in TAP Air Portugal and controlling shareholder in Azul airlines in Brazil.
“After years of U.S. airline consolidation, the conditions are improving for a new generation of U.S. airline to emerge, focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” said Neeleman. “The A220 will enable us to serve thinner routes in comfort without compromising cost, especially on longer-range missions. With deliveries starting in 2021, we will have ample time to assemble a world-class management team and another winning business model.”
While its name has not been unveiled to the public, many sources throughout the aviation industry have noted that the startup airline may be called MOXY. It is rumored that MOXY wishes to use the A220’s impressive range yet small cabins to operate domestic routes from secondary airports according to Airline Weekly.
“This U.S. airline startup’s decision for the A220 as the platform on which to launch their new business model is a testament to the passenger appeal and operating economics of this outstanding aircraft,” said Eric Schulz, Chief Commercial Officer for Airbus. “This commitment confirms the important role the A220 aircraft now occupies in our Airbus single-aisle portfolio.”
This is the second major order for the A220 since Airbus took over the program on July 1st. Last week, JetBlue announced an order for 75 A220 aircraft. All JetBlue and MOXY A220s will be assembled at Airbus’ new A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.
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