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New US airline on the way

With deliveries to commence at the beginning of 2021, a new US airline start-up has committed to an order of 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft.


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With a Memorandum of Understanding between the yet-to-be-named carrier and Airbus revealed at the Farnborough Air Show, the new airline is backed by investors lead by JetBlue founder David Neeleman. 


“After years of US airline consolidation, the conditions are improving for a new generation of US airline to emerge, focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” said Mr Neeleman, who also formed Brazil’s Azul airline helped create Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet.


“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.”


Speaking to Bloomberg, Neeleman said the big four airlines that dominate US aviation – United, American, Delta and Southwest – had left a gap in the market and had “not been growing for a long time”.


“A lot of communities are underserved and fares are really high,” he said.


“There are pockets of pain everywhere. Globally, fuel is up but I have a very fuel-efficient airplane.”


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 18 July 2018

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