The latest airline venture from JetBlue founder David Neeleman, provisionally named Moxy, has signed a fixed order for 60 A220-300 aircraft, Airbus has announced. At the same time, JetBlue has placed firm orders for 60 A220-300 aircraft.
This choice of aircraft will give the airlines flexibility to cover under-served regional markets and launch new low-cost short-haul shuttle services. Both orders were completed at the end of December, according to the aircraft manufacturer.
Airbus will produce these 120 A220-300 planes at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. That new construction, which will break ground later this month, is adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility.
The plans for Moxy were revealed at the Farnborough Air Show last July. Neelam has defined the brand’s positioning as high tech and the A220, as a high-tech aircraft, fits the bill.
With this aircraft, Moxy could introduce profitable city pairs in underserved regional and short to mid-haul markets, in the U.S. and beyond. The A220-300 would also be suitable to introduce new frequent shuttle services between cities with high business passenger demand, where schedule flexibility might be attractive to passengers.