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 A220-300s (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.