A start-up US airline has signed a firm order with Airbus to purchase 60 A220-300 aircraft.
The order confirmation was received shortly after Airbus received another major contract for the A220 family, again for 60 A220-300s, from JetBlue Airways.
The new low-cost airline is codenamed ‘Moxy’ and is the new low-cost airline venture led by David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue and Azul Brazilian Airlines and the controlling investor TAP Air Portugal.
Plans for Moxy were unveiled at the Farnborough International Air Show in July 2018.
Neeleman said: “The A220-300 is the right airplane for a new airline that will be focused on passenger service and satisfaction. With a low cost of operation and spacious cabin, the A220 will allow us to provide passengers with lower fares and a high quality, comfortable flying experience. The A220’s ability to operate profitably in thin, underserved markets across a broad spectrum of ranges is unique.”
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Moxy has its sights set on the future, so I can’t think of a better aircraft to put into their fleet than the A220. We believe the A220 really is the future of this segment of the market, and the flying public will know from the minute they set foot onboard that they’re experiencing the best our industry has to offer.”
The order was completed the final week of December. Airbus will produce the A220-300 at a new US assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama.
Construction of that plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later this month.
Airbus says that with an order book of more than 500 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years”.