Airbus receives firm order for 120 A220s
Airbus has secured an $11 billion order for 120 A220-300s, firming up commitments made during the 2018 Farnborough Air Show.
The deal, split into half, will see the aircraft head to JetBlue and startup carrier, Moxy, which is being constructed by JetBlue’s founder, David Neeleman.
Signed during the last week of 2018, Airbus will include the order in 2018s results. Additionally, it’s been announced the aircraft will be constructed in the Mobile, Alabama facility that’s currently in the final planning stages and will commence construction towards the end of this month, joining the existing A320 Family assembly line situated there.
David Neeleman reflected on the order for Moxy in the following statement:
“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 a high quality, comfortable flying experience. The A220’s ability to operate profitably in thin, underserved markets across a broad spectrum of ranges is unique.”
On the JetBlue side of the order, Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes, released the following statement about the order:
“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.”
Moxy, which is currently just a working name for the startup, is expected to receive their first A220-300 in 2021, which by then, production of the aircraft will be greater than what we see now. JetBlue expects to take their first example in 2020, with part of their deal stating options for an additional 60 aircraft are available from 2025.
Airbus states JetBlue’s existing fleet includes 193 A320 and A321ceo aircraft in operation, with an additional 85 A321neo aircraft on order. It’s been announced that JetBlue will also decide on the A321LR this year too, with the option to convert some of their A321neo order to the long-range frame for route expansion.