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Photos: Spirit Airlines Becomes First U.S. Airline to Receive an Airbus A320neo

Photos: Spirit Airlines Becomes First U.S. Airline to Receive an Airbus A320neo
October 10
11:35 2016

MIAMI — This last weekend, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (N901NK • MSN 6833) at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport from Hamburg Finkenwerder (via Goose Bay).

(Credits: Suresh Atapattu)

(Credits: Suresh Atapattu)

The Miramar-based carrier became the first airline in the United States to receive the new Airbus narrowbody variant. The jetliner, a lease from AerCap is the first of 55 of the type that Spirit Airlines has on order, with four more expected to arrive by the end of the year.

(Credits: Suresh Atapattu)

(Credits: Suresh Atapattu)

Back in February 2012, Spirit Airlines finalized its firm order for 75 Airbus single-aisles, including 45 A320neo. The order was subsequently changed last May, when an order for 10 A321neo was swapped for 10 A320neo.

(Credits: Suresh Atapattu)

(Credits: Suresh Atapattu)

The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engined aircraft emerged out of the Toulouse Final Assembly Line nearly a year ago, but the delivery has been delayed since Spring, attributed to technical issues related to the powerplant, as well as delays in the production of internal fittings. The aircraft boasts the same single-class configuration of their A320ceos, with 182 seats arranged in a high-density layout, including two rows of the ‘Big Front’ seats.

(Credits: Suresh Atapattu)

(Credits: Suresh Atapattu)

Initial scheduled flights are projected to be early November, with initial destinations to be announced. Spirit will become the 4th operator in the Americas following LATAM, Volaris and Viva Aerobus. Frontier is slated to to be the next U.S. operator to take A320neo series aircraft, to be powered by the CFM Leap-1A


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Chris Sloan

Chris Sloan

Aviation Journalist, TV Producer, Pursuer of First & Last Flights, Proud Miamian, Intrepid Traveler, and Did I Mention Av-Geek? I've Been Sniffing Jet Fuel Since I was 5, and running the predecessor to, Airchive, Since 2003. Now, I Sit in the Right Seat as Co-Pilot of Airways Magazine and My favorite Airlines are National and Braniff, and My favorite Airport is Miami, L-1011 Tristar Lover. My Mantra is Lifted From Delta's Ad Campaign from the 1980s "I Love To Fly And It Shows." / @airchive

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  1. itripreport
    itripreport October 10, 16:17

    No, Volaris is the seconds operator followed by Vivaaerobus and then Spirit. Making spirit the 4th operator

  2. Jamar Jackson
    Jamar Jackson October 10, 17:29

    Read again they 1st US operator not 1st in the world.

  3. Matteo Tonelli
    Matteo Tonelli October 11, 12:40

    Did American/United/Delta order any of the NEO variants? I think I remember Delta ordered the a321neo but I’m not sure. Anyways, very nice article, I don’t fly Spirit, but its great to see the A320neo in the U.S.A

  4. Pete Delosreyes
    Pete Delosreyes October 11, 13:07

    If you just read you will more knowledgeable than critical.

  5. John Burns
    John Burns October 16, 21:54

    American has ordered 100 A321neos, United hasn’t ordered any of the A320neo series and Delta has not either (although Delta did order several A321ceos and they are taking delivery of them now, with 9 currently in service). Interestingly, JetBlue has ordered several of the A320neo and the A321neo (with an option to convert to the A321neoLR). You can find all this on their fleet pages on Wikipedia or on

  6. viperguy46
    viperguy46 October 17, 21:04

    Did I just see a copy of the 757?

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