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Spirit Makes Airbus A-319 Primary Aircraft  
User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4436 times:

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Spirit makes Airbus A-319 primary craft with new planes, drops MD-80s
Spirit Airlines passengers have seen the last of the linty airplane seat.
As part of its plan to boost its image and expand its business, Spirit, the USA's largest privately held airline, this month shed its remaining MD-80 planes, which were 10 to 20 years old.
Spirit now flies a new fleet of Airbus aircraft with leather seats, primarily Airbus A-319s with 138 seats in two classes.
Spirit leases the new fleet, which has a total value of $2 billion.
The 26 new planes — and five more on the way by the end of the year — will allow Miramar, Fla.-based Spirit to add flights, said Spirit Chief Marketing Officer Barry Biffle.


Article by USAToday


It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

What happened to the MD80's? Where did they go to? 10 years is not so old (for the youngest ones) Surely they're not in the desert?

I love Spirit's c/s BTW...


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User currently offlineAkjetBlue From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 790 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

Quoting Kappel (Reply 1):
What happened to the MD80's? Where did they go to? 10 years is not so old (for the youngest ones) Surely they're not in the desert?

I love Spirit's c/s BTW...

I believe there are a number of NK MD-80s still sitting in FLL by the FedEx or DHL ramp - any other young MD-80s prob are gonna get eaten up by Allegiant with their new PIE expansion.

Anyone of you reg followers know who those younger Md-80s are going to?



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User currently offlineFlyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2005 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3876 times:

When I was in FLL on Saturday, they had 3 sitting on the ramp there, 1 minus both engines. In DTW, I believe there are 5 or 6 of them spread out. I agree, I think they will be put to good use with Allegiant and their expansion to PIE and rumored other destinations. I wouldn't doubt they make it to southeast Florida within 2 years and maybe CUN within 5. Would be great for them.

Ryan


User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2668 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

I believe one of them went to South America already (photograph on here somewhere) 822NK I believe it was because it is still in the NK color scheme, just name changed on tail.

The rest will head to another airline or eventually end up desert bound.

Quoting Kappel (Reply 1):
What happened to the MD80's?

Fuel hogs compared to A319 and A321



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User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

The one is South America went to Aeropostal of Venezuela !

Cheers

LGA777


User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7591 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

As said there are about 5 MD-80's sitting around DTW, parked and undergoing the process to leave the fleet. Some are have the titles removed, others are undergoing engine changes.

It was time for the MD-80's to go. While some are newer, Spirit's MD-80 fleet was a hap-hazard mix of aircraft. They all came from a variety of previous owners in various conditions. The older ones will probably end up in the desert for good.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

Quoting AkjetBlue (Reply 2):
Anyone of you reg followers know who those younger Md-80s are going to?

12 MD-80s are currently stored, N822NK was delivered to Aeropostal in May, N800NK was delivered to Tarhan Tower Airlines in August. I guess some will continue flying, but mostly older ones will be parted out.


PH



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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
but mostly older ones will be parted out.

So sad really, I loved the MD80, although I haven't flown them that much. OK, only twice actually, IB MD88's which were (are) really beat-up. But the flight was great. Huge windows, very powerful take-off, and we were sitting at the front, so a very quite flight. I just love Douglas aircraft, aestetically and to fly in.

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 6):
It was time for the MD-80's to go.

True, they are of an older generation, especially the engines. There's a reason why most big airlines that can afford it have already gotten rid of them or are in the process of getting rid of them. The a319's and a321's are most certainly better for them.



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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7591 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Well, AA & DL's MD-80's were a different story....all delivered new and well maintained. That cannot necessarily be said for by the previous operators of Spirit's MD-80's. Many were well-worn by the time Spirit got them. Granted Spirit did a good job with what they got, but they would've needed to invest a significant amount of $ to upgrade their MD-80's. AA & DL, with their large fleets and have kept theirs up to par throughout their life.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 9):
AA & DL, with their large fleets and have kept theirs up to par throughout their life.

I have flown quite a bit on AA's MD80s. THey are in fantastic condition, and with so many in the fleet we would be seeing them around for quite some time. BUt for a small airline like NK, the A320 series aircraft is a great choice. I am a big A319 fan. Big grin



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User currently offlineASTROJET707 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 299 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 3034 times:

I flew in and out of SAT on 10/4 and saw 2 Spirit MD80s at San Antonio Aerospace. Could these be undergoing checks/maintenance before transfer to Allegiant?

AJ707


User currently offlineVh320 From Venezuela, joined May 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

N836NK is also flying with Aeropostal on the US routes.

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

There are about four MD-80s sitting on the ramp at DTW at the old ATA hangar. Not sure who owns the hangar just north of the Fed Ex ramp at DTW.

I saw an all white Spirit MD-80 that just says "Spirit" on it by the Spirit Hangar as you exit the airport on the north end towards I-94 the other day also. I wasn't aware that they had any all white birds still.


User currently offlineCoyoteguy From Mexico, joined Oct 2001, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

I flew on the new A-319s a few weeks ago from FLL-ORD-FLL and they were indeed very nice, comfortable leather seats, and a big upgrade from the MD-80s.

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