The start-up United States airline codenamed Moxy has signed a firm order with Airbus to purchase 60 A220-300 aircraft.
Moxy is the new airline venture led by David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways.
In addition to JetBlue, Neeleman also founded Azul Brazilian Airlines and is the controlling investor in the revitalisation of TAP Air Portugal.
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.
“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 to offer.”