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Spirit Airlines
IATA
NK
ICAO
NKS
Callsign
SPIRIT WINGS
Founded 1992
Hubs Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Focus cities Atlantic City International Airport
Frequent flyer program FREE SPIRIT
Fleet size 38
Destinations 40
Parent company Spirit Airlines, Inc.
Headquarters Miramar, Florida
Key people William A. Franke, Chairman

B. Ben Baldanza, President/CEO
Barry Biffle, Sr. Vice President/CMO
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Scott Allard, Sr. Vice President/CIO
Website: http://www.spiritair.com

Spirit Airlines is a United States low-cost airline operating nationwide scheduled and charter flights. The airline is headquartered in Miramar, Florida. About a quarter of the airline's flights are to destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Latin America. Boeing 737-200 of low-cost Irish airline Ryanair A low-cost carrier (also known as a no-frills or discount carrier) is an airline that offers low fares but eliminates most traditional passenger services. ... Miramar is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ...

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History

Spirit Airlines began in 1980 as Charter One, a Detroit-based charter tour operator providing travel packages to entertainment destinations such as Atlantic City, Las Vegas and the Bahamas. In 1990, Charter One began scheduled service from Boston and Providence, R.I. to Atlantic City. On May 29, 1992 Charter One brought jet equipment into the fleet, changed its name to Spirit Airlines and inaugurated service from Detroit to Atlantic City. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


In April 1993, Spirit Airlines began scheduled service to destinations in Florida. During the next five years, Spirit expanded rapidly, increasing service from Detroit and adding service in new markets such as Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Los Angeles and New York. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Spirit relocated its headquarters in December 1999, moving from Eastpointe, Michigan to Miramar, Florida. Expansion continued with the addition of the Chicago market as well as coast-to-coast service to Los Angeles. In November 2001, Spirit inaugurated service to San Juan, Puerto Rico and implemented a fully integrated Spanish-language customer service plan including a website and dedicated reservation line. In 2002, Spirit started new service to Denver, Colo. and Las Vegas, Nevada and expanded service to many of its existing markets. In the Fall of 2003, Spirit resumed flights to Washington, D.C’s Reagan National Airport, which had been suspended after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and began service to Cancún, Mexico. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Eastpointe (formerly East Detroit) is a city in Macomb County of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Miramar is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...


In September 2002, Spirit introduced Spirit Plus, an upgraded coach class featuring 36-inch seat pitch, dedicated check-in counters, priority boarding, and complimentary cocktails & snacks.


In 2004 Spirit discontinued service to Denver, Colorado, citing high operating costs. As part of a recently announced expansion plan that includes the Caribbean and Central and South America, the airline added Santo Domingo and Providence to its network. In 2005, Spirit Airlines launched its biggest expansion effort yet, adding numerous destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas. By February 2006, Spirit's portfolio of holiday destinations in the regions totaled ten. Spirit also began service to Grand Cayman, San Francisco, and Boston in 2006, and in 2007 filed DOT applications to offer service to Costa Rica, Haiti, the Netherlands Antilles, and Venezuela. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Grand Cayman from space, April 1994 Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands at about 196 km² and contains the capital George Town. ... The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transportation. ...


In 2006 Spirit launched a frequent flyer program called FREE SPIRIT. It offers award travel starting at 15,000 miles, lower than most other frequent flyer programs. The FREE SPIRIT program also guarantees award availability on every flight. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ...


In 2006 Spirit announced it will exercise options and order 30 more Airbus A319-100 aircraft for further expansion. [1] The aircraft will have a scheduled delivery of 2009 to 2013. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ...


On March 6, 2007, Spirit announced their intention to become the first Ultra- Low Cost carrier in the United States, beginning in early June 2007. Their initial plan is to begin charging $10 per checked bag for the first two bags ($5 if bags are pre-reserved online prior to the flight), in addition to charging $1 for drinks which are currently complimentary. Starting June 20, Spirit Plus, which will be rebranded as BIG FRONT SEAT will no longer provide business class service. For an additional fee, a person can choose BIG FRONT SEAT, or upgrade at the airport. The airline plans to model its business plan and operating style to that of ultra low-cost carriers Ryanair and Air Asia. [1] is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Ryanair (ISEQ: RYA, LSE: RYA, NASDAQ: RYAAY) is an Irish airline headquartered in Dublin; however, its biggest operational base is at London Stansted Airport. ... AirAsia is a low-cost airline based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ...


On June 25, 2007, Spirit announced that the Reservation Center in Clinton Township, MI will be closing on August 31, 2007. In an effort to cut cost, Spirit has decided to outsource the Reservation aspect of the company. The two new reservation offices will be in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Manila, Philippines.


Destinations

Spirit Airlines route map
(as of August 2007)

Spirit Airlines currently flies to 37 destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Upcoming schedule changes include the addition of Ponce, Puerto Rico on November 1, Oranjestad, Aruba on November 10, and Freeport, Bahamas on December 13, 2007, which will increase Spirit's destination count to 40. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 663 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (700 × 633 pixel, file size: 98 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Spirit Airlines Route Map Image can be found at: http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 663 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (700 × 633 pixel, file size: 98 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Spirit Airlines Route Map Image can be found at: http://www. ... This is a list of destinations that Spirit Airlines currently serves (As of May 2007). ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... “West Indian” redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Gentilic: Ponceños Location Location of Ponce, Puerto Rico within Puerto Rico Government Founded 1692 Mayor Francisco Zayas Seijo Political party PPD Senatorial district 5 - Ponce Representative district 24, 25 Geographical characteristics Area Total 501. ... Center of Oranjestad Oranjestad (Dutch: Orange City), with a population of 26,355 (2000), is the capital and most important city of Aruba located on the southern coast near the western end of the island. ... Freeport is a city and free trade zone on the island of Grand Bahama, located approximately 100 mi (160 km) east-northeast of Fort Lauderdale, South Florida and gives its name to a district of the Bahamas. ...


New routes

  • Daily nonstop service between Ponce, Puerto Rico (PSE) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL) begins November 1, 2007.
  • Saturday only nonstop service between Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL) begins November 10, 2007.
  • Daily nonstop service between Freeport, Bahamas (FPO) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL) begins December 13, 2007.

The airline also is awaiting foreign government approvals to fly to Caracas, Venezuela; Chiclayo, Peru; and Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, with plans to begin service to those destinations in the second half of 2007. They are also awaiting results on an appeal againt the US DOT's rejection of their request to serve Baranquilla, Colombia and Bogotá, Colombia. Nickname: La Sultana del Avila (English:The Avilas Sultan) La Sucursal del paraiso Motto: Ave María Santísima, sin pecado concebida, en el primer instante de su ser natural. ... Chiclayo is a city on the northern coastal plain in Peru. ... Port of Spain, population 49,000 (2000), is the capital of Trinidad and Tobago and the countrys second largest city by population, after San Fernando. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Motto: Bogotá, 2600 metros más cerca de las estrellas Bogotá, 2600 meters closer to the stars Localities (localidades) of Bogotá Country Colombia Department Bogotá, D.C.* Foundation August 6, 1538 Government  - Mayor Luis Eduardo Garzón, PDA Area  - City 1,587 km²  (612. ...


Motto(s)

1997-2001 "Catch the Spirit... at Spirit Airlines"


Fleet

Current fleet

The Spirit Airlines all-Airbus fleet consists of the following 38 aircraft as of August 2007:

Spirit Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(BIG FRONT SEAT™/Deluxe Leather)
Routes
Airbus A319-100 32
(33 orders)
144 (8/136) Short-medium haul
Airbus A321-200 6
(7 orders)
198 (16/182) Short-medium haul

As of August 2007, Spirit's average fleet age was 1.2 years old. Spirit has the youngest Airbus fleet in the Americas[2]. The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ...


Retired fleet

By retiring all non-Airbus aircraft, Spirit Airlines now has one of the youngest fleets of any airline. The following planes no longer operate in the Spirit Airlines fleet:

Spirit Airlines retired fleet
Aircraft Total Year retired Replacement
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 1 2006 Airbus A320 Family
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 8 2006 Airbus A320 Family
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 5 2006 Airbus A320 Family

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and McDonnell Douglas MD-90 are twin-engine, single-aisle jet commercial aircraft derived from the DC-9. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ... The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and McDonnell Douglas MD-90 are twin-engine, single-aisle jet commercial aircraft derived from the DC-9. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ... The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and McDonnell Douglas MD-90 are twin-engine, single-aisle jet commercial aircraft derived from the DC-9. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ...

FREE SPIRIT

In 2006, Spirit launched a frequent flyer program called "FREE SPIRIT". The five "status levels" for members are Somebody, Elite, VIP, A-List, and Celebrity, offering progressively increasing benefits. As with several other frequent flyer programs, one's level of membership increases as one accumulates additional frequent flyer miles. Spirit Airlines' loyalty program has followed in the tradition of other frequent flyer programs by linking itself with an affinity credit card. [2] Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ...


Controversy

In 2006, the airline released a "Hunt for Hoffa" advertising campaign with the tagline "Help us find Hoffa with our Hunt for Hoffa game and enjoy fares from just $39 each way." The point of the game was to dig for Jimmy Hoffa's body by clicking grids on the airline's website, and "winners" were taken to another webpage, saying "You found Hoffa!," thanking them for assisting the National Spirit Sale Center find the union leader's body.[3] Within hours after the promotion debuted, the airline received many complaints, and the promotion was taken down immediately and changed to another promotion, simply titled "Happy Sale." This promotion was later listed as #8 on CNN Money's 101 Dumbest Moments in Business.[4] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An advertising campaign is a series of advertisement messages that share a single idea and theme which make up an integrated marketing communication (IMC). ... James Riddle Jimmy Hoffa (February 14, 1913, disappeared July 30, 1975, date of death unknown) was an American labor leader, gangster, fraudster and criminal convict. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.spiritair.com/Welcome.aspx?pg=aboutspirit&code=AboutUS
  2. ^ http://www.spiritair.com/Welcome.aspx?pg=aboutspirit&code=AboutUS Spirit Air Youngest Fleet
  3. ^ Airline scraps online 'Hoffa' game. USA Today (2006-07-19). Retrieved on 2007-04-27.
  4. ^ Horowitz, Adam; David Jacobson, Tom McNichol, and Owen Thomas. 8. Spirit Airlines. 101 Dumbest Moments in Business. CNNMoney.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-27.

USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ...

External links

  • Spirit Airlines Official Website
  • Spirit Vacations Official Website
  • Spirit Airlines Fleet Age

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