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Spirit Airlines Takes Delivery of Their First Airbus A321neo

Spirit unveiled their very first Airbus A321neo at a ceremony at their Detroit maintenance hangar on Monday (June 5th). The carrier will receive seven more A321neos in 2023, and 24 more in 2024.

Spirit Airlines Receives Their First Airbus A321neo - Courtesy Spirit Airlines

On Monday (June 5, 2023), Spirit Airlines unveiled their very first Airbus A321neo during a ceremony at their maintenance hangar in Detroit (DTW). The aircraft, registration N702NK, will operate its first passenger revenue flight on Thursday, June 7, 2023. The carrier will receive seven more A321neos this year, and a further 24 during 2024. Spirit currently has 30 A321ceos in their fleet of nearly 200 aircraft. With advanced engines and sharklets, the A321neo delivers fuel savings and emissions of around 20 percent and offers a smaller noise footprint versus previous generation aircraft. The new aircraft also adds an additional range of 500 nautical miles compared to the A321ceo, opening new destination opportunities.

In Monday’s announcement, Spirit Airlines’ President and CEO, Ted Christie, said,

“Adding this new variant of the A320 Family aircraft to our fleet is a feat that has been years in the making. I’m grateful for all our Team Members who made it possible for us to step up our capabilities and open the door to new horizons for Spirit. We know our Guests enjoy the brand-new plane experience combined with our latest cabin upgrades, and on the business side of the equation, this transition will increase our average gauge, which will drive efficiencies that benefit unit costs and reduce fuel burn.”

Spirit is currently renewing their fleet as they retire their Airbus A319ceos. The carrier recently completed an agreement to sell 29 of their A319s, which are the oldest and smallest A320 Family aircraft in their fleet. Spirit plans on transitioning all A319ceos out of their fleet by the end of 2025.

Spirit Welcomes Their Very First Airbus A321neo at Their Detroit (DTW) Maintenance Facility on Monday, June 5, 2023 - Courtesy Spirit Airlines

Miramar, Florida-based low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to offering the best value in the sky with service to nearly 100 destinations in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. The airline allows customers to select and pay for only the products and services they want, something they call “À La Smarte.” Spirit also operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the U.S. The carrier proudly calls their youthful fleet of aircraft their “Fit Fleet®.” Spirit Airlines operates a fleet of nearly 200 Airbus A320 Family and A320neo Family aircraft.

Source: Spirit Airlines/PRNewswire


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