New U.S. Airline ‘Moxy’ and JetBlue Place Orders for 120 Airbus A220 Aircraft

By Anna Breuer on 3 January 2019
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IMG_8285JetBlue founder David Neeleman’s latest airline venture, code-named “Moxy,” has signed a firm order for 60 A220-300 aircraft, Airbus reported. The European aircraft manufacturer also said that at the same time that JetBlue also signed a firm orders for the same quantity of A220-300 planes.

Both orders for the new aircraft, which will be built at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama, were completed in December.

Airbus is slated to break ground for the factory, located adjacent to its Airbus A320 assembly plant, later this month.

Neeleman is best known as the founder of JetBlue, but he also helped start Morris Air in 1984, co-founded WestJet in the 1990s, founded JetBlue in 1999, and announced plans for his fourth airline, domestic Brazilian carrier Azul, in 2008, now a major player in its home market.

Airbus has over 500 orders for the A220, which was previously known as the Bombardier C Series. As of July 1, 2018, Airbus owns a 50.01% majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, which makes the A220, while Bombardier and Investissement Québec own the remainder. Airbus A220 aircraft will continue to be manufactured in Mirabel, Québec, where the partnership is headquartered.

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