First US-Built A321 for Spirit

Photo: Spirit Airlines’ maiden US-built A321, N670NK, departs on its delivery flight from Mobile. Airbus

 

One hundred and forty Spirit Airlines employees attended a ceremony at the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, to celebrate the handover of the carrier’s first US-built A321.

The jet, N670NK (c/n 7106), was delivered on September 19 and is the tenth aircraft to have been handed over from the Mobile site.

Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers, Airbus Americas, lauded the success of the manufacturer’s relationship with Spirit.  “It’s been a successful partnership, and this aircraft — the first to be produced for Spirit in Mobile and the USA — will hold a special place in our memories as we go forward.  It’s truly a great milestone.”

Bob Fornaro, President and CEO of Spirit Airlines, added: “Our Fit Fleet is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the industry and we’re thrilled to add our first American-made aircraft to the Spirit family.  Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet helps us maintain an efficient, streamlined operation, enabling the company to save on costs and provide customers with ultra-low fares.”

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