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Spirit Airlines accepted its 200th new aircraft from the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, AL. The Airbus A320neo is part of Spirit’s continued growth and is one of 26 aircraft additions that are planned for this year.
Spirit operates only Airbus aircraft and completed this transition to its fleet in 2006. The airline currently operates some of the most fuel-efficient and youngest planes (with an average age of seven years).
From Spirit Airlines President and CEO, Ted Christie:
Our new, fuel-efficient aircraft allow us to deliver on our promise to give our Guests both an affordable and great experience. Spirit’s Pilots truly enjoy flying our modern aircraft fleet, and we’d like to thank Airbus for their long-term partnership. I’d also like to recognize all our Spirit Family Members and business partners who prepare our planes for service and keep them in tip-top shape with safety as their top priority.”
And, a word from C. Jeffrey Knittel, President and CEO of Airbus Americas, Inc.:
The 200th aircraft delivery from Airbus to Spirit Airlines is not only a major milestone, but also reflects the trust they have in our products that provide the best passenger experience their customers demand combined with the cost and environmentally efficient operations the airline needs. Spirit has one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the U.S. thanks to the benefits offered by our A320 Family of aircraft.”
Spirit’s newest aircraft feature an upgraded interior with wider seats. The Big Front Seats (see my review here) are also bigger. Spirit also recently introduced high-speed Wi-Fi on its A320 and A321 aircraft. I hope this rolls out further as I am zero for three on having Wi-Fi on a Spirit flight.
Anthony’s Take: Spirit continues to invest in new planes and is now adding Wi-Fi to more aircraft. The airline is making a concerted effort to move away from being the butt of the joke and into an airline that offers what both business and leisure travelers need. It will be interesting to see what happens when/if the JetBlue acquisition moves forward.
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