American low-cost airline Spirit has welcomed its first Airbus A321neo in another game-changing move for the company.
Spirit will deploy its first A321neo on service from June 7th and will play an essential role in its future operations.
Seven further Airbus A321neos will be delivered in 2023 for the company. However, 2024 is expected to be even bigger, with 24 more arriving. The A321neo as an aircraft will, therefore, make up the backbone of Spirit’s next era of fuel-efficient new engine optioned aircraft.
Thanks to the arrival of the higher-capacity A320neo family model, it can phase out some existing aircraft with lower capacity. This shift in model sees the company wanting to prioritise increasing capacity across its network to meet demand.
Per Cirium fleet data, Spirit Airlines has a fleet of 192 in-service aircraft from the A320 family. It already has 73 in-service A320neos to go with 64 A320ceo aircraft. Additionally, it flies the A321-200s and A319-100s, part of the previous era at the company, soon to be replaced by the new engine option for both variants.
The first A321neo is registered as N702NK and comes equipped in a two-class configuration with towards the front of the cabin a “Big Front Seat,” at least how Spirit labels it, with additional seat pitch and more comfort.