Start-up backed by JetBlue founder commits to 60 Airbus A220 jets

A man stands at an Airbus trade pavilion at Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus AIR.PA said on Tuesday a U.S. airline start-up backed by investors including JetBlue JBLU.O founder David Neeleman had signed a provisional deal to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

The memorandum of understanding was signed at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England.

Airline Weekly reported last month that Neeleman planned to buy 60 A220 planes, former known as the Bombardier CSeries, for a new airline that it said was tentatively called Moxy.

Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Mark Potter