US start-up airline code-named “Moxy” has confirmed an order for 60 Airbus A220-300s.
Moxy is led by David Neeleman, one of the aviation industry’s most innovative entrepreneurs and founder of JetBlue Airways. In addition to JetBlue, he founded Azul Brazilian Airlines and is the controlling investor in the revitalisation of TAP Air Portugal.
Airbus said last year deliveries will start in 2021.
Plans for Moxy, a low-cost airline were unveiled at the Farnborough International Air Show in July. “The A220-300 is the right airplane for a new airline that will be focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” said Neeleman.
“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”.
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.
The A220 is the only aircraft purpose built for the 100-150 seat market and offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft. Airbus has received 500 orders for the aircraft to date.