BEIJING (Xinhua) — U.S. budget airline Spirit Airlines announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with Airbus to purchase 100 A320neo series aircraft for delivery by the end of 2027. The purchase agreement also includes the option to purchase another 50 aircraft. It was a confirmation of an interim agreement reached between the two companies in October, when Spirit Airlines chose to buy Airbus aircraft, even though the U.S. government had just announced a tax increase on them.
Spirit Airlines said its orders included A31, A320 and A321 aircraft from the Airbus A320neo family. Based on the exact number of models per model and Airbus’s recent catalogue price, the order could be worth between $11bn and $12bn, but industry insiders say such large orders typically receive a discount of at least 50 per cent.
Spirit Airlines now operates a fleet of 140 aircraft, all made up of Airbus aircraft.