JetBlue Airways, providing a major boost to the newly rebranded Airbus A220 line and delivering a notable blow to Embraer, has placed an order for 60 A220-300s and earmarked them as E190 replacements. Deliveries are planned to start in 2020.

The deal, the first announced under the new Airbus-Bombardier partnership that took over the CSeries, includes options for 60 more aircraft, which would begin arriving in 2025. JetBlue also has options to swap smaller A220-100s for the larger -300 models. JetBlue has not specified a configuration for its A220-300s, but they will have at least 20% more seats than the carrier's 100-seat E190s.

"While the E190 has played an important role in JetBlue’s network since 2005, the airline’s fleet review determined that the A220’s economics would allow the airline to lower costs in the coming years," the airline said. "The A220 was designed by previous manufacturer Bombardier to seat between 130 and 160 customers, enabling financial and network advantages over the current 100-seat Embraer configuration."

JetBlue calculates the A220-300s will burn 40% less fuel per seat than the E190s.

“We are evolving our fleet for the future of JetBlue, and the A220-300’s impressive range and economics offer us flexibility and support our key financial and operating priorities,” said JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes.