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Spirit Airlines Seeks Fleet Expansion, Interior Upgrades

U.S. low-cost carrier is set to make a decision for a fleet order later this year.

ATLANTA--Spirit Airlines plans to make a couple noticeable changes to its fleet in the near future. For starters, it plans to continue growing its fleet.

Kirk Thornburg, Spirit Airlines’ vice president of technical operations, said the airline is “out in the market for a fleet order” and recently completed its first-round of request for proposals, speaking at Aviation Week’s 2019 MRO Americas Conference. The airline operates an all-Airbus fleet—A319s, A320s and A321s--so far but Thornburg said Spirit plans to make a decision mid-year, although it could slide until the third quarter.

Spirit inducted its 134th aircraft yesterday and plans to increase the fleet to 177 aircraft by 2021, without the latest potential order, he says.

The low-cost carrier also is planning to “dress up the cabin” of its existing fleet with a black seats with yellow trim, black carpeting and new dividers this year. Thornburg says the new seat cushions will be more comfortable than the existing ones.

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