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Airbus finalises order for 100 aircraft from Spirit Airlines
In a positive start to 2020, Airbus has finalised a purchase agreement for 100 A320neo family aircraft with US-based carrier Spirit Airlines.
In October, the two parties had signed and announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the purchase of up to 100 of the aircraft – a mix of A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo – to meet the airline’s future fleet requirements.
Spirit is based in South Florida and is the fastest-growing airline in the United States, with flights throughout the US, Latin America and the Caribbean. The majority of the wings on Airbus commercial aircraft are designed and manufactured in the UK. The airline will announce an engine selection at a later date.
Speaking in October 2019, Spirit Airlines’ president and chief executive, Ted Christie, said the order represented another milestone for Spirit: “The additional aircraft will be used to support Spirit’s growth as we add new destinations and expand our network across the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We look forward to working with our valued partners at Airbus to finalise our agreement.”
Featuring the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the best-selling A320neo family, comprising the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo, will deliver a fuel-burn reduction of approximately 20% as well as 50% less noise compared to previous generation aircraft, thanks to incorporating the very latest technologies including new generation engines and fuel-saving wingtip devices known as sharklets.
Firm orders worldwide for the A320neo family have now surpassed 7,300 from more than 110 global customers.