According to a source familiar with the situation, cold temperatures have caused the bleed system to freeze shut on occasion. Due to this issue, Spirit Airlines has told pilots not to fly the A320neo above 30,000 feet in order to reduce strain on the PW1000G engines. This appears to be the same problem facing Indian airlnes Indigo, who also recently restricted pilots from flying the A320neo above 30,000 feet.
In order to continue flying their full schedule, Spirit Airlines will begin to outsource flying to charter airline Miami Air. In a message to Spirit Airlines pilots, the Spirit Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) said “As you may be aware, on Friday the VP Flight Operations notified the MEC Chairman of Spirit’s intent to contract out revenue flying utilizing Miami Air pursuant to CBA Section 1.B.2.
The initial plan was one round trip flight each on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the MEC was first notified of the intent to use Miami Air again on the 9th and later in the evening we were notified of the intent to Miami Air again on the 10th.The company asserts that this outsourcing is due to: The A320 Neo aircraft being out of service, and therefore we are currently operating without any spares.” The MEC went on to say “our attorneys are monitoring this situation closely to ascertain the true cause of this situation, the Company’s intent, and identify any potential violations of the CBA.”
N901NK, N905NK, and an unidentified A320neo sitting at DFW, 2 of them having engines and windows covered.
Last aircraft could be N904NK, flew into DFW today and had its next flight cancelled.
Source: https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/report- ... -troubles/