JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman is launching a new airline. Airline entrepreneur said his new U.S. airline would begin flights next year. He also said he might employ used Embraer SA planes cast off by his Brazilian carrier, Azul SA.
“After years of U.S. airline consolidation, the conditions are improving for a new generation of U.S. airlines to emerge,” Neelman said in a press statement
The Moxy Project
Neeleman founded JetBlue after his non-compete from Southwest’s acquisition of Morris Air, where he was CEO, expired. During that non-compete period, he was involved in the launch of Canada’s WestJet. A citizen of Brazil as well as the U.S., Neeleman launched Brazilian carrier Azul. He’s also a partner in Star Alliance carrier TAP Air Portugal. He is no longer running JetBlue.
Neeleman already signed an order for 60 Airbus SE A220-300 planes to power the U.S. carrier he’s code-named Moxy. But the first of those aircraft won’t be delivered until 2021.
In the meantime, the Embraer E195s he’s replacing with newer models at Azul could be used on routes flown by Moxy, he said Thursday. In June, General Electric Co.’s jet-leasing unit agreed to provide aircraft for Moxy under a purchase-and-leaseback agreement covering nine A220s. Flights with either the used E195s or A220s would all be “under the Moxy umbrella,” Neeleman said at an Embraer event in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.