Posted on: 20 September 2016 by Mark Howells
Spirit Airlines has taken delivery of an A321 from the Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.
The delivery was witnessed in Mobile by executives from both Airbus and Spirit as well as 140 Spirit Airlines employees and 350 Airbus employees.
“Many years ago, Spirit recognised that Airbus was the right partner to provide the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, which allowed them to become a leading Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the US,” commented Bob Lekites, EVP customers, Airbus Americas. “It’s been a successful partnership, and this aircraft — the first to be produced for Spirit in Mobile and the US — will hold a special place in our memories as we go forward. It’s truly a great milestone.”
Bob Fornaro, president and CEO of Spirit Airlines, stated, “This is an exciting day for Spirit Airlines. Our Fit Fleet is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the industry and we’re thrilled to add our first American-made aircraft to the Spirit family. Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet helps us maintain an efficient, streamlined operation, allowing the company to save on costs and provide customers with ultra-low fares.”
The aircraft delivered today marks the 10th aircraft delivered from Mobile so far, with Airbus anticipating the delivery of four aircraft per month from its Mobile plant by the end of 2017.
The initial deliveries will all be A320 family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.