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TOULOUSE: January 03, 2019. Former JetBlue founder David Neeleman has placed an order with Airbus for 60 A220-300 aircraft for his new US airline codenamed ‘Moxy’, due to launch in 2021.

A220 300 JETBLUE Airbus will produce the A220-300 at a new US assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama due to begin construction later this month.

In addition to JetBlue, Neeleman also founded Azul Brazilian Airlines and is the controlling investor in TAP Air Portugal.

“The A220-300 is the right airplane for a new airline that will be focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” said Neeleman. “The A220’s ability to operate profitably in thin, underserved markets across a broad spectrum of ranges is unique.” According to Airbus the former Bombardier aircraft has a range up to 3,200 nautical miles.

JetBlue Airways has also announced the purchase of 60 A220-300 aircraft – adding to an Airbus order book of over 500 aircraft.

Delta placed a US$5.6 billion order with Bombardier in 2016 for 75 now-renamed A220 aircraft with options for a further 50. Airline CEO Ed Bastian noted at the time: "These new aircraft are a solid investment, allowing us to take advantage of superior operating economics, network flexibility and best-in-class fuel performance.” The first aircraft is due to enter Delta service in early 2019.

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