A new airline coming soon that will take on the bigwigs in the US? Color us excited. JetBlue founder David Neeleman has a new trick up his sleeve — a new low-cost airline (code named “Moxy”) that is scheduled to launch in 2021 with brand new Airbus A220 aircraft.
However, the LA Times reports that one of Neeleman’s other airlines that he helped start, Brazil’s Azul, may be coming in for an assist so Moxy can begin operations even sooner. In 2020.
Azul has a handful of Embraer E195s that are being replaced by newer models. Where would some of those planes that are being swapped out go? To Neelman and his fledgling startup, of course. It’s unclear whether Neeleman would lease or purchase the regional jets from Azul.
Moxy is being described by Neeleman as low-cost “but not austere” — whatever that means exactly. We do know that Neeleman wants to fly to Europe (and probably take on JetBlue which starts service to London in 2021).
We also know that the serial airline founder wants to make Wi-Fi free for everyone but is still on the fence about seatback entertainment. Either way, the next couple of years is sure shaping up to be exciting for US carriers as both a new airline launches and JetBlue starts transatlantic service.
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