Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Spirit Buys 75 A320s, Adds New Fees
Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines announced plans to acquire 75 Airbus A320s on Tuesday, the same day the carrier announced new fees for passengers.
The Miramar, Fla.-based company on Tuesday signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 75 A320 family aircraft, which consists of 30 of the existing aircraft model and 45 of the A320neo aircraft.
“These aircraft will allow Spirit to liberate more cities from their high fares, while giving passengers choices to customize their travel experience,” said Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s CEO.
The new aircraft, according to Spirit, are in addition to 33 aircraft not yet delivered under the airlines’ existing order and would be scheduled for delivery from 2016 through 2021.
Also, on Tuesday, Spirit said it would add a $34 for passengers buying their tickets online. The heightened booking fee could be 40 percent or higher of an overall ticket price, according to news reports.