A group of US investors, led by US-Brazilian entrepreneur David Neeleman, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for sixty AC?CS3s (née CS300s).

The aircraft are to deliver from 2021 onwards and will be placed with an unspecified new US start-up carrier.

“After years of U.S. airline consolidation, the conditions are improving for a new generation of U.S. airline to emerge, focused on passenger service and satisfaction,” David Neeleman, majority investor in the new venture, said in a statement. “The A220 will enable us to serve thinner routes in comfort without compromising cost, especially on longer-range missions. With deliveries starting in 2021, we will have ample time to assemble a world-class management team and another winning business model.”

Earlier this year, Neeleman was linked to a start-up carrier, provisionally known as Moxy Airways, which fits the profile of this project.