US low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines has ordered 20 new Airbus A321 aircraft and converted an existing order for 10 A320 aircraft to the larger A321.
The aircraft are expected to meet increasing passenger numbers on the airline’s network in the US, Caribbean and Latin America. All of the ordered aircraft will feature fuel-saving wingtip extensions (Sharklets) and have a capacity of 219 passengers in a single-class layout.
Spirit’s A321s will be the first North American aircraft with the Space-Flex cabin, which allows, for the first time among single-aisle aircraft, a lavatory that is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
With the latest order, Spirit now has a total of seven A319s, 98 A320s and 30 A321s on order. The airline operates a fleet of about 50 A320 family aircraft at present.