Spirit Airlines has announced it will retire a total of five Airbus A319-200s by September this year.
Spirit has revised its 2008 growth plan, which originally called for 10% growth year-over-year, and now expects flat capacity year-over-year.
“We can’t sit back and hope for fuel prices to fall; we will attack this challenge by adapting our business to the structural change in fuel prices,” comments Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza.
“We are in a better position than any other carrier in the Americas to succeed in this environment. By becoming more aggressive than ever on non-fuel costs, raising non-ticket revenues and continuing to grow our Latin America network while trimming lower performing flights, we will win.”
Flight’s ACAS database says the carrier operates 33 A319-200s and two A321-200s. The A319s are on lease from ILFC (22 aircraft), GECAS (seven aircraft) and BOC Aviation (four aircraft). The A321-200s are leased from ILFC.
Earlier this year, Spirit Airlines returned three A321-200s to Pembroke Group, which subsquently sold the aircraft. All three aircraft are now in operation with Jetstar.
Spirit is making some adjustments to its schedule as part of its revised 2008 growth plan:
From next month’s onwards, services to Long Island MacArthur and Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands will be suspended. Effective September 2, 2008, Spirit’s service to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, will be operated on a seasonal basis to better match capacity with demand.
“Additional adjustments will be made to select markets during off-peak periods,” Spirit says. Additionally, Spirit filed an application with the US DOT to serve Manaus, Brazil. Other growth opportunities are being evaluated in the broader Caribbean and Latin America region for 2009.