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Spirit first A321NEO delivery

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Yesterday, May 19th 2023, Spirit Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A321-271NX. N702NK built as SN 11328 will become ship 6702 in Spirits fleet. The aircraft departed from Airbus’s facility in Hamburg, XFW around 1145am making a tech stop in Keflavik, KEF after a 3hr first leg. About an hour later, the aircraft made a 6 hour second leg arriving at Spirit’s Detroit metro, DTW base a little after 4pm local time. The Spirit Airbus 321Neo is expected to enter into revenue service starting… (www.youtube.com) More...

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RobertHelms
Robert Helms 4
That was a great video! I was out there catching the A321 Neo landing!!!!!
AndyShank
AndyShank 4
The A321neo is a pretty interesting piece of new equipment.

Having said that, though - Do we know if Spirit paid Airbus the upcharge to have access to the cargo hold and the second of the two engines?
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 4
Perhaps paying a further upcharge for a third engine would be advisable, as Spirit uses the P&W GTF engines, which are having reliability issues.
mtrainer
Mike T 6
They currently have 2 320Neos in DTW that are wrapped up and in short term storage because a lack of engines/ parts. They have some in DFW in the same state.
bentwing60
bentwing60 2
"Dig deep and you will read a tale of the first GA-GTF, the Honeywell, nee, Garrett TFE731-5 that met a similar introduction as well as the new Falcon 900 it was designed to power. Harmonic issues with the planetary set resulted in blown front frame, fan fails that grounded the fleet. An extra gear in the planetary set (from 4 to 5) solved the problem, at considerable expense and 'voila' the TFE731-5 became the TFE731-5BR and the Falcon 900 became the 900B. Don't waste your time on wiki, it ain't there."

Just an aside from a thread not long ago nor far away.
mbrews
mbrews 1
LOL !! A trijet for Airbus ? Back to the future. Hey, Toulouse pick one for starters:
B-727, L-1011, MD-10.

Or, cheaper and simpler: Carry the spare GTF engine on a third pylon, (like carrying a spare auto tire)
mikehe
Rather like fifth-podding on the 747 when JT9Ds were popping with monotonous regularity at the start of 747 life.

catalinagoose
Chris Bell 1
I hope they ordered them with the CFM engines
mbrews
mbrews 1
No, too bad. AFAIK, Spirit's neo orders are 100 % for the P-W GTF powerplant. As are Hawaiian.

On the other hand, Frontier has bought A-B neos with the CFM engine option.
watkinssusan
I WISH THEM WELL..PEOPLE WANT CHEAPER FARES ONCE AGAIN,AND COMPETITION IS GOOD..THE ONE THING NEEDED MOST HOWEVER IS GOOD CUSTOMER SERVIC AND GOOD PEOPLE..THATS WHAT BRINGS CUSTOMER LOYALTY..
royhunte92
Roy Hunte 3
No need to shout about it
bchandl13
Brian Chandler 3
Mary, why are you screaming? Go back to Facebook.

Anyways, Spirit is an all time example of you get what you pay for. You want cheap bare bottom fares? It comes with less on time reliability, less customer service and less bells and whistles.

You want all those things? Then pay more, and go fly Delta.

You're going to a Ferrari dealership and demanding one of their cars, but you want it at the same price as a used Camry. LIFE DONT WORK LIKE THAT MARY
21voyageur
Dan Chiasson 2
Just bums in bus seats at 30,000 feet for LCC carriers.
mbrews
mbrews 1
When it comes to engine choice, maybe You also Get What you Underpay-for.
jbsimms
James Simms 0
Maybe her eyesight isn’t that good. If you want to be an a*shole abt it, then you’re well on your way

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