Spirit Airlines takes delivery of first A320neo in United States

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Spirit Airlines, headquartered in Miramar, Florida (U.S.), took delivery last Friday of the very first A320neo to be delivered to a U.S. customer. It is the first of 55 A320neo Family aircraft the low-cost carrier has ordered (five leased from AerCap, 50 ordered from Airbus). All of Spirit’s A320neo Family aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines.

“This state-of-the-art technology will burn less fuel and lower our operational costs,” said Ted Christie, Spirit Airlines Chief Financial Officer. “We continue to lead the industry in both reducing our carbon footprint and providing ultra-low fares on air travel. Spirit is thrilled to be the first carrier to bring this innovation to the U.S.”

“We are proud to have delivered the first A320neo aircraft in the U.S. to our valued customer Spirit Airlines,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The A320neo Family is the aircraft of choice among the world’s airlines and we appreciate our customers’ confidence in our leading single-aisle Family with its unbeatable productivity and fuel efficiency.”

An all-Airbus fleet helps Spirit maintain an efficient, streamlined operation, offering substantial benefits and consistency to the airline’s in-flight, technical operations and maintenance teams. The A320 Family also offers the most comfortable single-aisle cabin in the sky at a full seven inches wider than competing aircraft, allowing for 18”-wide seats in comfort economy as standard. The Airbus A320neo delivered today is the 89th aircraft to join Spirit’s growing fleet.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver more than 15 percent fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020. With nearly 4,800 orders received from 87 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. Including Spirit’s A320neo delivered today, 26 A320neo aircraft have been delivered to nine operators.

Source: Airbus.

More Spirit For Chicago

Courtesy: Spirit Airlines.

Courtesy: Spirit Airlines.

Spirit Airlines is pleased to announce two more new nonstop routes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, increasing the number of cities it serves nonstop from Chicago to 23. New daily nonstop service to San Diego and Philadelphia will begin on April 16, 2015, with one daily flight to each city.

“Chicago residents have made it clear they value Spirit’s super low total prices – our Bare FaresTM with Frill ControlTM” said Mark Kopczak, Vice President of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines. “Spirit’s growth in Chicago to so many new cities wouldn’t be possible without the loyal support of our value-conscious customers. We will continue to work to add flights to more nonstop destinations our customers desire, while continuing to hold the line on low fares.”

“On behalf of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I want to congratulate Spirit Airlines for continuing to expand its service since it started operating at O’Hare International Airport in 2000,” said Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation. “We welcome these routes and added choices for travelers from Chicago’s global gateway.”

Spirit’s new flights are available for purchase now at spirit.com and through other travel sites soon.

Chicago to/from Service start date Frequency
San Diego April 16, 2015 Daily
Philadelphia April 16, 2015 Daily

In addition to this new service to San Diego and Philadelphia, Spirit previously announced that it will begin new service between Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta on October 24, and between Chicago O’Hare and New Orleans on October 31.

In all, Spirit will operate to 23 cities nonstop from Chicago, including Atlanta (starting 10/24/14), Atlantic City, Baltimore/Washington DC, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans (starting 10/31/14), New York (LaGuardia), Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area, Orlando, Philadelphia (starting 4/16/15), Phoenix, Portland, OR San Diego (starting 4/16/15) and Tampa. Spirit also provides connecting service to an additional 25 international destinations via its Fort Lauderdale base.

Customers can check out the crazy low fares and vacation packages available to all the destinations we fly at www.spirit.com and also sign up to receive alerts on Spirit’s email deals and offers.

About Spirit Airlines:

Spirit Airlines is committed to offering the lowest total price to the places we fly, on average much lower than other airlines. Our customers start with an unbundled, stripped-down Bare FareTM and get Frill ControlTM which allows them to pay only for the options they choose – like bags, seat assignments and refreshments – the things other airlines bake right into their ticket prices. We help people save money and travel more often, create new jobs and stimulate business growth in the communities we serve. With our modern and fuel-efficient all-Airbus fleet, we operate more than 280 daily flights to over 55 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Come save with us at www.spirit.com.

Source: Spirit Airlines.