Moxy, the codename of a new US start-up airline spearheaded by David Neeleman, has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 60 A220-300 aircraft.
The aerospace manufacturer will now produce the A220-300 aircraft for the order at its assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama.
Commenting on the acquisition, Neeleman, who also founded JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines, said: “The A220-300 is the right aeroplane for a new airline that will be focused on passenger service and satisfaction.
“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.”
Boasting an order book of more than 500 aircraft to date, the A220 is currently the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market. The wide body, single-aisle aircraft features Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G, which is designed to deliver 20% lower fuel burn per sheet, as well as a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,020 km).
Adding his viewpoint on the purchase, Christian Scherer, Airbus CCO, shared: “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.
“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.”