Moxy, the U.S. airline to be launched by JetBlue founder David
Neeleman, is contemplating beginning service next year using Embraer regional
The carrier would use Embraer E195 aircraft that are being
retired by Azul, the Brazilian airline of which Neeleman is chairman, said Gareth
Edmonson-Jones, a spokesman for Neeleman.
Moxy, expected to go by a different name once launched, will
have a point-to-point route network connecting small airports that have lost
service due industry consolidation.
The carrier will eventually execute its business model using
130-160 seat Airbus A220-300 aircraft. In a 2018 Travel Weekly interview,
Neeleman said those airplanes will offer 30% more fuel efficiency than Airbus
A320s. He expects those cost savings, coupled with the A220s smaller size, to
make numerous point-to-point routes that aren't economically viable for
traditional mainline carriers feasible for Moxy.
Moxy is slated to begin taking delivery in 2021 of the 60
A220s that it ordered last summer.
Neeleman revealed the possibility of launching the carrier
with used Azul Embraer regional jets at an Embraer event last week in Brazil, the
Los Angeles Times reported.