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It’s official. The USA is about to get a new start-up airline that will be launched by the founder of JetBlue.
Speculation about David Neeleman’s start-up carrier has mounted since news about the effort – currently dubbed “Moxy” in investor presentations – was first reported in June by trade publication Airline Weekly.
The article goes on to state the following:
Now, Neeleman’s start-up has taken one of the most concrete steps yet toward getting off the ground: a tentative deal to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 jets. Airbus and Neeleman’s group announced a memorandum of understanding for the order on Tuesday at the Farnborough Airshow in England. A press release accompanying the news said the order was for “a new U.S. airline start-up.”
“After years of U.S. airline consolidation, the conditions are improving for a new generation of U.S. airline to emerge, focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” David Neeleman, majority investor in the new venture, said in the statement. “The A220 will enable us to serve thinner routes in comfort without compromising cost, especially on longer-range missions. With deliveries starting in 2021, we will have ample time to assemble a world-class management team and another winning business model.”
Neeleman has a venerable aviation background. In the U.S., he’s best known for launching JetBlue, which began flying in 2000.
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