The new airline planned by Jet Blue founder David Neeleman is set to launch with a fleet of aircraft taken from Neeleman’s other airline, Brazil’s Azul.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the airline, which has a working name of ‘Moxy’, has 60 Airbus A220-300s on order, but the new planes won’t be delivered until 2021.
As a result, the airline may launch with a fleet comprised of Embraer E195s – aircraft that are currently being replaced in Azul’s fleet – and nine leased A320s.
Azul recently took delivery of the first Embraer E195-E2 jets slated to replace the older model aircraft.
Moxy has not yet determined whether the older Embraer jets would be leased or purchased from Azul.
The yet-to-fly carrier shares a name with Marriott’s lifestyle hotel brand, so it’s likely to change before the airline launches.
The airline, billed as low-cost but not austere, could take flight in 2020. It will compete with the big mainline US carriers as well as budget airlines.
In addition to Jet Blue and Azul, Neeleman previously helped start Canada’s Westjet.