Moxy, a new U.S. airline, has
signed a firm order with Airbus for 60 A220-300 aircraft (formerly
the Bombardier CS300).
The order is valued at around US$5.5 billion at
current list price.
Moxy is the new airline venture led by
David Neeleman, one of the industry’s most innovative
entrepreneurs and founder of JetBlue Airways.
In addition to
JetBlue, Neeleman also founded Azul Brazilian Airlines and is the
controlling investor in the revitalization of TAP Air Portugal.
“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 U.S. 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.
“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,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
“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
The single-aisle A220, purpose built for the
100-150 seat market, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan
engines and has a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,020 km).
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