JetBlue and Its New Startup Moxy Order 120 Airbus A220 Planes

JetBlue and Parent Startup Moxy Order 120 Airbus A220sJetBlue and its new parent startup Moxy has placed an order for 120 Airbus a220 Regional Jets.

The order is specifically split to 60 planes for each carrier.

“As we approach our 20th anniversary, the impressive range and economics of the highly efficient A220, combined with the outstanding performance of our existing fleet of Airbus A321 and restyled A320 aircraft, will help ensure we deliver the best onboard experience to customers and meet our long-term financial targets as we continue disciplined growth into the future,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue.

JetBlue has proven there is no contradiction between economic efficiency and a high quality product,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Their endorsement of the A220 proves this aircraft meets those two criteria better than any alternative in its segment. Thank you JetBlue and congratulations on this big milestone in your growth.”

The order was completed the last week of December. Airbus will produce the A220-300 aircraft at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later this month.

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.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose built for the 100-150 seat market to cover under-served regional markets and launch new low-cost short-haul shuttle services.

The A220 brings together advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft according to Airbus. With a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,020 km), the A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

JetBlue’s existing Airbus fleet includes 193 A320 and A321ceo aircraft in operation, with an additional 85 A321neo aircraft on order.