Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6992 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
Quote: 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.
Flyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1948 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3410 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.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7186 posts, RR: 29 Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2847 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.
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6507 posts, RR: 79 Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2801 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.
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.
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.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7186 posts, RR: 29 Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2732 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.
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5108 posts, RR: 12 Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2708 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.
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3136 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2173 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.