Airbus announced today it has inked a deal with a new U.S. start-up airline for 60 A220-300 aircraft. The deal was reached at the Farnborough Air Show going on this week in England.
The founder of Jet Blue, David Neeleman, is one of the major investors behind the tentatively named Moxy Airlines. Deliveries of the A220 are set to begin in 2021.
“After years of U.S. airline consolidation, the conditions are improving for a new generation of U.S. airline to emerge, focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” said David Neeleman, the majority investor in the new venture.
The A220 is the rebranded version of the Bombardier C-Series jet. Airbus assumed control of the production of that aircraft on July 1st.
Much of the production is expected to be done in Mobile after the construction of a new assembly line for the A220.
One aviation industry website, Leeham News and Comment, speculates that with the order of 60 A220’s by the start-up airline, another order of 60 by Jet Blue, and another 75 planes from Delta, it means the Mobile FAL is already at capacity before it’s even built.
Construction on the new Mobile assembly line is expected to begin later this year.