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David Neeleman’s new “Moxy” to start operations in May 2021

David Neeleman’s new airline, tentatively named “Moxy”, is due to receive its first first Airbus A220-300 from GECAS in April 2021.

The new carrier is planning to launch operations in May 2021.

Previously GECAS announced on June 17 the leasing company and David Neeleman’s new airline, code named ‘Moxy’, had agreed to a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase and leaseback of nine Airbus A220-300 aircraft with deliveries scheduled in 2021 and 2022.

Mr Neeleman is a veteran airline entrepreneur, with a world renowned track record of success: he is the founder of both JetBlue and Azul Brazilian Airlines, and the controlling investor in the consortium which has turned around the fortunes of TAP Air Portugal. Mr Neeleman’s latest startup airline will be based in the United States and will focus on getting travelers where they want to go, quickly, conveniently and inexpensively.

In a shift away from crowded major metropolitan airports to nearby secondary airports and providing direct flights that bypass the hubs aboard the industry’s newest and most efficient single-aisle aircraft, the airline will drive time and cost efficiencies for its passengers.

“The A220-300 is the right airplane for a new airline that will be focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” said Neeleman, adding “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.”

“We’re exceptionally pleased to be a partner in David Neeleman’s vision and excited to welcome ‘Moxy’ as a new customer of GECAS and the A220-330 as a new type in our fleet,” explained Declan Kelly, Chief Commercial Officer of GECAS, noting “the A220 is ideal for this new venture – the new type is uniquely suited to serve smaller markets by providing the range needed for point-to-point operations with the right economics.”

Plane View Partners, a Los Angeles based aviation and aerospace advisory firm, acted on behalf of the airline for this sale and leaseback transaction with GECAS.

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Airbus announces major performance improvement to its latest single-aisle aircraft – the A220 Family

Airbus has announced that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range starting from the second half of 2020.

The A220 aircraft maximum take-off weight (MTOW*) is now confirmed to increase by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tons). The new MTOW will increase the respective maximum range capabilities to 3,350 nm for the A220-300 and 3,400 nm for the A220-100, some 450 nm more than currently advertised.

This performance increase is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins as well as existing fuel volume capacity. This will allow airlines to tap into new routes that were not possible before, connecting key cities in Western Europe with the Middle East or from Southeast Asia to Australia.

The A220 has been purpose built for efficiency. It brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.

With an order book of over 530 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

The current basic MTOW is at 60.8 tons for the A220-100 and 67.6 tons for the A220-300. With the new MTOW increase of 2.3 tons, the respective aircraft’s MTOW will be brought up at 63.1 tons for the A220-100 and 69.9 tons for the A220-300.

Image: Airbus.

airBaltic to launch new routes from Riga

Delivered on December 30, 2016

airBaltic will launch flights from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv in late March. In addition, in May, airBaltic will also add regular flights to two leisure destinations – Kos and Menorca.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *,

Basic

Price *,

Premium

Price*,

Business 

Riga – Dublin 4 flights weekly March 31, 2019 39 EUR 99 EUR 589 EUR
Riga – Stuttgart 4 flights weekly March 31, 2019 49 EUR 105 EUR 399 EUR
Riga – Lviv 4 flights weekly April 1, 2019 49 EUR 115 EUR 399 EUR
Riga – Kos 1 flight weekly May 11, 2019 79 EUR 139 EUR 499 EUR
Riga – Menorca 1 flight weekly May 12, 2019 79 EUR 139 EUR 519 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In summer 2019, airBaltic will introduce three new destinations from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSB (msn 55004) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 937371.

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Swiss to connect Geneva with Munich and Frankfurt

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) HB-JCB (msn 55011) LHR (SPA). Image: 945625.

From March 31, 2019, Swiss will connect Geneva with the German cities of Munich and Frankfurt on a daily basis for a seven-month period. The flights to and from Frankfurt will be partly operated by Lufthansa.
From March 31 to October 26, 2019, Swiss International Air Lines will commence regular service to Munich and Frankfurt, offering its passengers an even wider range of destinations from Geneva.
The airline will operate five flights a day between Geneva and Munich. Flight guests traveling from Geneva to Frankfurt can choose from eight daily flights, of which four will be operated by Swiss and four by Lufthansa.
Expansion of the Geneva fleet
With the addition of six summer destinations announced for 2019 and the introduction of regular service to the two German cities, Swiss will soon connect Geneva to 45 destinations. To meet this expansion of the route network, three new aircraft will complete Swiss’s short-haul fleet in Geneva, which will consist of seven Airbus A220-300 (CS300) and three Airbus A220-100 (CS100) by June 2019.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) HB-JCB (msn 55011) LHR (SPA). Image: 945625.
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U.S. start-up airline “Moxy” confirms order for 60 Airbus A220-300s

The start-up U.S. airline code-named “Moxy” has signed a firm order with Airbus to purchase 60 A220-300 aircraft.

Moxy is the new airline venture led by David Neeleman, one of the industry’s most innovative entrepreneurs and founder of JetBlue Airways. In addition to JetBlue, Neeleman also founded Azul Brazilian Airlines and is the controlling investor in the revitalization of TAP Air Portugal.

Plans for Moxy, a low-cost airline, were unveiled 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,” said Neeleman. “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.”

The order was completed the final week of December. Airbus will produce the A220-300 at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of that plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later this month.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and true widebody comfort in a single aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. With a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,020 km), the A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

With an order book of more than 500 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

Image: Airbus.

JetBlue Airways firms up order for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft

JetBlue Airways has firmed up an order for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, the larger model of the new, industry-leading A220 series.

“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,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue.

JetBlue’s existing Airbus fleet includes 193 A320 and A321ceo aircraft in operation, with an additional 85 A321neo aircraft on order.

The order was completed the last week of December. Airbus will produce the A220-300 aircraft at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later this month.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and true widebody comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. With a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,020 km), the A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

With an order book of more than 500 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

Image: Airbus.

airBaltic retains its position as the most punctual airline in Europe

airBaltic has retained its place as the most punctual airline in Europe and is the second most punctual in the world according to the OAG analysts. They tracked the performance of over 58 million flight records in 2018 to create a ranking of the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and airports. airBaltic has been on the top of the global on-time performance ranking for the past five consecutive years.

According to OAG, in 2018 airBaltic achieved an on-time performance rating of 89.17% for flights linking the Baltics to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle Least. It means that more than 89 out of 100 airBaltic flights arrived on time in 2018. 

Full 2019 OAG Punctuality League report can be found here: https://bit.ly/2GPL1Ht 

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. For summer 2019, airBaltic will launch new direct routes from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv. In addition, next summer airBaltic has introduced three new destinations from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen. 

Bottom Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSJ (msn 55038) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 943824.

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airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-CSJ (msn 55038) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 943824.