JetBlue Airways and Azul founder David Neeleman has denied reports that he plans to start a new US airline, saying he has his «hands full» in Brazil.
Rumours of Neeleman’s involvement in a new start-up emerged in July, when reports cited a new Connecticut-based company, Azura Airways, registered under his name. (Noticias relacionadas: Neeleman diz que é possível obter 95% da Tap)
Neeleman tells FlightGlobal that the registration belongs to a group of individuals who is starting a corporate jet business.
«We are not starting an airline,» he says, adding that he is not launching a new airline in the US or anywhere else. «I have my hands full.»
Neeleman says he intends to still be actively involved in Azul, even though he handed over his chief executive title to John Rodgerson on July.
He explains that Rodgerson is chief executive of Azul’s holding company, while he is chief executive of the airline subsidiary itself. Brazilian regulations require the chief executive of an airline to be Brazilian, explains Neeleman, who has dual US-Brazilian citizenship…