United States low cost carrier Jet Blue signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 60 A220-300 aircraft, Airbus announced on July 11, 2018.

Besides the firm order, the carrier also changed its previous order of 25 A320neo to the same quantity of A321neos. Both types of aircraft are going to be powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

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Airbus has just re-branded the Bombardier C Series jet acquired in a deal with the Canadian plane maker as the A220, setting “double-digit” sales targets.
 

Jet Blue expects the first A220s to reach its fleet in 2020, while the whole order should be delivered by 2025. “Options for 60 additional aircraft begin in 2025, and JetBlue retains flexibility to convert certain aircraft to the smaller A220-100 if it chooses,” I noted in a statement by the carrier.

The A220-300s are going to replace 60 Embraer E190 aircraft that have been in Jet Blue’s fleet since 2005. New planes should also provide new market and route options, such as transcontinental flying.

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The partnership between Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Québec came into effect on July 1, 2018. The European plane maker now holds a majority stake of 50.01% in the Société en commandite Avions C Series (SCAS), a joint venture which was originally created by Bombardier and Investissement Québec, which will respectively hold 34% and 16%.
 

“We expect the A220 to be an important long-term building block in our goal to deliver superior margins and create long-term shareholder value,” Steve Priest, JetBlue executive vice president and chief financial officer is quoted as saying in the statement. “We are confident the A220 will perform well in every aspect, including network, cost, maintenance, or customer experience. Simply put – our crewmembers, customers and owners are going to love this aircraft”.

A220-100 and A220-300 are 100 and 150 seats aircraft formerly known as Bombardier C Series: CS100 and CS300 (accordingly). Airbus and Bombardier closed their C Series agreement in June 2018, integrating plane family to the French manufacturer’s catalogue from July 1, 2018.