Spirit Airlines Brings Most Fuel-Efficient Plane To U.S.MIRAMAR, Fla., Oct. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines became the first American carrier to receive the Airbus A320neo this week, a state-of-the-art aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF). Considered one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft engines ever made, this revolutionary technology will help improve fuel burn, lower emissions and reduce noise levels.
**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.**
Spirit is set to add five Airbus A320neos to its network by the end of the year. The airline*s Fit Fleet is already one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the industry, and this move reinforces Spirit*s commitment to protect the environment and lower its cost structure, resulting in lower fares and even more savings for customers.
**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.**
Spirit*s all-Airbus fleet featuring Pratt & Whitney engines maintains an efficient, streamlined operation, offering substantial benefits and consistency to the airline*s inflight, technical operations and maintenance teams. The Airbus A320neo will be the 90th aircraft to join Spirit*s growing fleet.
**We are honored that Spirit Airlines is a Pratt & Whitney customer and will become the first American carrier of our new engine. Together, we are changing sustainable aviation because of our continued focus on reducing emissions, noise and fuel consumption,** said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Commercial Engines, Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service.
Havana-Bound! Spirit Airlines Brings Ultra-Low Fares To CubaMIRAMAR, Fla., Aug. 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines is bringing its ultra-low fares to Cuba*s capital city. Beginning December 1, 2016, Spirit will offer twice-daily service to Havana*s José Martí International Airport (HAV) from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Spirit*s service between Fort Lauderdale and Havana is subject to the receipt of Cuban government approval.
**We are excited to be a part of history with the addition of Havana to our growing network,** said Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines* Vice President of Network Planning. **We thank the Department of Transportation for recognizing the need for ultra-low fares to Cuba. As South Florida*s Hometown Airline, we know this new service opens a new chapter for many Cuban-Americans, an important part of our community, and others looking for a lower cost way to travel to Cuba.**
In addition to this new nonstop service, Spirit plans to provide connecting service from an additional 20 U.S. cities via Fort Lauderdale. Known as the City of Columns, Havana will become Spirit*s 59th destination and 13th Caribbean airport. It will follow the additions of service at the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and at the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) later this year.
Spirit*s new flights to Cuba will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow. Tickets will include Cuban government-required health insurance and applicable taxes. Any customer traveling to Cuba must meet one of twelve approved travel categories outlined here by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Spirit Airlines Begins New Nonstop Service Between Baltimore/Washington and OrlandoMIRAMAR, Fla., Jan. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Is the winter chill already getting you down? Ditch that ice scraper and grab your sunscreen! Spirit Airlines begins new daily nonstop service to and from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and the Orlando International Airport (MCO) this week. Flying to the Sunshine State with more cash left in your pocket for theme parks and souvenirs just got a lot easier, so toss your snow boots for your flip-flops and hop on board.
In celebration of Spirit*s inaugural flight on Thursday, the airline awarded two roundtrip tickets and three hotel nights at one of Orlando*s premier resorts to Connie Yeh, the winner of its first Spirit-aneous Getaway. With her bags packed, Yeh joined dozens of other contestants at BWI to enter the instant vacation sweepstakes just hours before the first Orlando-bound flight took off. For those who couldn*t make it to the airport, Spirit also held an online contest, giving away two roundtrip ticket vouchers from BWI to MCO.
**This is so exciting. I really can*t believe it,** Yeh said. **Thanks to Spirit Airlines for giving my friend and me a trip we will never forget.**
In addition to today*s new service, Spirit Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop service between BWI and the Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), and once-daily service to/from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), starting April 21, 2016. With these additions, Spirit will operate nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington to 12 cities, including Atlanta, Boston (starting 4/21/2016), Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit (4/21/2016), Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando.
**Spirit continues to grow here at BWI Marshall, which means more ultra-low fares and more travel options for our customers,** said Ricky Smith, Chief Executive Officer for BWI Marshall. **We welcome the added service from Spirit.**