Mobile - The new U.S. budget startup Moxy Airlines has placed a firm order for 60 A220-300 aircraft.

Founded in June 2018, Moxy Airlines is a new airline led by David Neeleman, who previously co-founded Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue, and Azul Linhas Aereas. The new low-cost airline was announced at the Farnborough International Air Show in July.

The A220-300 is the right airplane for a new airline that will be focused on passenger service and satisfaction. With a low cost of operation and spacious cabin, the A220 will allow us to provide passengers with lower fares and high quality, comfortable flying experience. The A220’s ability to operate profitably in thin, underserved markets across a broad spectrum of ranges is unique, said Neeleman.

Moxy has its sights set on the future, so I can’t think of a better aircraft to put into their fleet than the A220. We believe the A220 really is the future of this segment of the market, and the flying public will know from the minute they set foot onboard that they’re experiencing the best our industry has to offer,
said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer at Airbus.

The order was finalized in the last week of December. Airbus will assemble the Moxy's A220-300s at its new Airbus A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. Airbus's new FAL in Mobile will be located next to the current Airbus A320 assembly facility. The construction of the new assembly line will begin this month.

The Airbus A220, formerly the Bombardier CSeries, is the only jetliner produced for the 100-150 seat market. According to the manufacturer It offers widebody comfort in a single-aisle besides its low operating cost thanks to its new engines (PW1500G geared turbofan), composite materials used in the airframe and the aerodynamically enhanced wings.

It consumes 20% percent lower kerosene compared to previous generation aircraft. With a flight range of up to 3,200 NM (5020 km), the Airbus A220 offers an operational capability close to the larger single-aisle aircraft.

After rebranded as A220, the sales of the Bombardier's new narrowbody jet increased remarkably. The aircraft has received 500 orders to date from customers around the world.

With the A220 program, Airbus plans to grab lion's share of the 100 to 150-seat market that will require around 7,000 aircraft in the next 20 years.