Spirit Airlines Firms Up Huge Order For 100 Airbus A320neo Aircraft

Spirit Airlines Firms Up Huge Order for 100 A320 neos 

Spirit Airlines firmed up a huge order for 100 A320 Family aircrafts to be delivered through 2027, along with additional 50 on options. The deal includes a mix of A319, A320 and A321 aircrafts all from the neo(new engine option) family.

However, this order is finalizes the MOU signed in October, when the US budget carrier selected European planes despite Washington imposing huge tariffs on them.

Which variant of A320 Family are ordered?

All of these ordered aircraft are the New Engine Option (neo) version of the the popular A320 family aircrafts. Depending upon all three types selected, the deal could be worth $12-$13 billion at the most recent list prices, although such deals typically include huge discounts.

Spirit Airlines current fleet

As of  now Spirit operates an all Airbus fleet of 144 A320

These new aircrafts will join Spirits current fleet of 31 A319s, 64 A320s, 20 A320neos and 30 A321s along with 48 more A320neos on order. However, some of the oldest A319s are going to be retired later on.

After Trump administration had announced new tariffs of 10% on European built aircraft Spirit announced this order in October. However, between the time of ordering and receiving the aircrafts the tariffs may be lifted and Spirit maynot have to pay additional amount on taxes.

Airbus manufacturing plant in Toulouse, France

However, among these ordered aircrafts Airbus will build some of them in its Mobile, Alabama Factory which would make them free from additional tariffs.

Airbus A320neo Family

Airbus A320neo (new engine option) family was launched on 1 December, 2010. It took its first flight on 25 September 2014 and was introduced with Lufthansa on 25 January, 2016. Airbus A320neo family is 15-20% more fuel efficient than the A320ceo. As of January, 2020 over 7200 A320neos has been ordered by airlines from all around the world. A320neo and A321neo are hugely shaping the future of narrow-body aircraft.

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