April 28, 2021| 90 0

What Does It Take To Put A Plane Into Long-Term Storage?

The last 12 months has seen a seismic shift in aircraft fleet management at airlines. With passenger demand down in most markets and not expected to recover for some time, airlines are searching for cost savings where they can. High on their hit list are big planes, especially older big planes that are costly to run. Thousands of planes go into long …

April 22, 2021| 92 0

Spirit Records $112m Net Loss With 72% Load Factor

Spirit Airlines recorded a net loss of $112 million for the first quarter of 2021. As the ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) charts a growth strategy and improvements in March, the airline is looking ahead to the summer. Its team managed capacity successfully and achieved a load factor of 72.1%, which is the highest it has been for the airline since the …

April 4, 2021| 107 0

Spirit Cites Ecuador Routes In Complaint Against American-JetBlue Alliance

Spirit Airlines has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) against the American Airlines and JetBlue alliance. Citing shake-ups in both airlines’ routes to Ecuador, Spirit alleges that this could be a sign of coordination beyond what is allowed under the Northeast Alliance. JetBlue and American seek to adjust Ecu …

March 18, 2021| 101 0

How Spirit Airlines’ Order Book Has Benefited From The Crisis

Passenger airlines faced a crisis unlike any other when the pandemic first hit. Every carrier worldwide, including ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines, faced cash crunches, shrinking route networks, and an evaporating pool of passengers. Spirit took some drastic measures early in the crisis. Still, as the last few weeks have proven, ULCCs …

February 23, 2021| 89 0

Spirit Airlines Plans To Add Kentucky To Route Network

Spirit Airlines is filling in another gap in its route network with the announcement of new flights to Louisville. Marking the airline’s arrival in Kentucky from May 27th, the ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) will connect Louisville to four cities, including Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Spirit’s addition comes as the airline continues to chart its way t …

January 19, 2021| 89 0

Airlines Reveal How Many People Are On Their No-Fly Lists

From anti-maskers to Capitol rioters, airline “no-fly” lists have been growing over the past year. Since March 2020, airlines have banned over 2,700 people from flying on their aircraft due to noncompliance with mask mandates, and the insurrection at the Capitol has barred dozens more. In an attempt to keep flying calm and orderly, the Transportati …

January 9, 2021| 69 0

Capybara Strike Leads To LATAM Airbus A320 Diversion

On January 7, a LATAM Brazil Airbus A320-200 suffered a wildlife strike while departing from Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo. The aircraft encountered a capybara on the runway. What happened next? The Airbus A320-200 has a registration PR-MYK. LATAM Brazil was using this aircraft for a flight from Sao Paulo to Pessoa. As The Aviation Her …

December 28, 2020| 88 0

What Planes Have US Airlines Retired In 2020?

2020 was quite a year for aircraft retirements. Driven mostly by a need to cut costs, pursue efficiency, and reduced travel demand, airlines moved to retire hundreds of aircraft. The retirements across the US range from narrowbodies to widebodies and consist of certain older aircraft and entire fleet types. Here’s a look at what planes major US air …

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