TOULOUSE, France — JetBlue Airways and a new airline american cheap launched by the co-founder of WestJet Airlines, and JetBlue have signed firm orders to acquire a total of 120 aircraft A220 designed by Bombardier.
The aircraft manufacturer said on Thursday that the new carrier, called Moxy, bought 60 devices A220-300, formerly of the C Series from Bombardier, in a deal valued at approximately US $ 5.5 billion according to the catalogue price of 2018. The transporters have to pay rarely these prices, and usually receive substantial discounts.
David Neeleman, an old hand in the aviation sector, has unveiled its plans for Moxy at the air show in Farnborough, last July.
According to him, the A220 is the right aircraft to its new airline because its operating costs are lower and its spacious cabin, which allows it to offer lower prices and serve markets where supply is most deficient, while remaining cost-effective.
In a separate press release, Airbus has stated that JetBlue had placed a firm order for 60 aircraft A220 to join its current fleet composed of A320 planes.
The aircraft will be assembled in a new facility adjacent to the one that built the A320 in Mobile, Alabama. Construction will begin later in January and the first deliveries are scheduled to the various carriers beginning in mid-2020.
In all, more than 500 aircraft A220, in its two configurations, have been ordered.