Toulouse - JetBlue Airways has placed an order for 60 Airbus A220-300 with an additional 60 options, making the American low-cost carrier the first airline to order the Canadian airliner since Airbus took control of the CSeries program.
At a ceremony on July 10, Airbus officially unveiled the A220 family, the new name of the Canadian CSeries. At 12.25 pm, an A220-300 landed at the delivery center of Airbus in Toulouse decorated with the official livery of the European aircraft manufacturer.
A few hours later, JetBlue announced the firm order of 60 A220-300 deliverables from 2020, plus 60 options for deliveries from 2025 as part of the replacement of its sixty Embraer 190.
We feel the 220 is the perfect fit for our network, strategy and customer experience, and most importantly, for our owners,JetBlue Chief Financial Officer Steve Priest told the New York Times.
It really is the ideal aircraft to carry the momentum of our structured cost program well into the next decade,Priest added.
The configuration is not specified but will be higher than the 100-seater E190 in anyway. As part of the agreement, JetBlue also converted a previous order of 25 A320neo into A321neo. The company now expects 85 A321neo.
We are evolving our fleet for the future of JetBlue, and the impressive A220-300 gives us the flexibility we need and supports our financial and operational priorities,said Robin Hayes, the Chief Executive Officer at JetBlue.
JetBlue began the quest for E190 replacements in early 2017. The choice of the company for A220 is a shock to Embraer as the Brazilian manufacturer has been pitching its brand new E2 jet pretty aggressively.