A new US airline start-up today announced a commitment today for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with deliveries beginning in 2021.
The Memorandum of Understanding was revealed at the Farnborough Airshow. This new airline is backed up by a group of experienced investors led by David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue, investor in TAP in Portugal and controlling shareholder in Azul airlines in Brazil.
Majority investor in the new venture, David Neeleman said: “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.
“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.”
“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 Airbus chief commercial officer Eric Schulz. “This commitment confirms the important role the A220 aircraft now occupies in our Airbus single-aisle portfolio.”
Complementing the A320 Family, the A220-100 and A220-300 models cover the segment between 100 and 150 seats and offer a comfortable five-abreast cabin.