Spirit Airlines is an ultra low-cost carrier in America, headquartered in Miramar, Florida. Spirit Airlines currently operates scheduled flights throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America. Spirit’s modern fleet and other innovations are environmentally-friendly.
Spirit Airlines history initially started as a trucking company in 1964. Back then, it was named as Clipper Trucking Company. In 1980, an airline service was established in Macomb County, Michigan. It was known as Charter One, an airline service based in Detroit that provides travel packages to destinations such as Las Vegas, the Bahama and the Atlantic City. In 1990, it began scheduled service from Boston and Providence, R.I. to Atlantic City. By 1992, Charter One brought jet equipment into the fleet. It also changed its name from Charter One to Spirit Airlines.
Spirit Airlines history did not stop there. By 1993, scheduled flights to Florida began. By the next five years, Spirit Airlines rapidly expanded its service from Detroit to Myrtle Beach, Los Angeles, South Carolina and New York.
In 2001, Spirit Airlines history continued after it established an airline service to San Juan and Puerto Rico. It also implemented a Spanish-language customer service plan, along with its own website and reservation line. By 2003, Spirit Airlines was finally able to resume flights and services in Washington D.C. in 2006, Spirit Airlines began its airline service to the Grand Cayman, Boston and San Francisco. It also filed for a DOT application to offer services in Haiti, Costa Rica, Antilles, Venezuela and the Netherlands.
It also announced its plans to expand Spirit Airlines fleet and ordered 30 Airbus A320-200 aircraft. In 2007, the airline company announced that transitions to become an ultra low-cost carrier will be made. The initial plan was to change the baggage fee by charging $10 for the first two checked bags, $5 for bags reserved 24 hours before the flight, and charged a $1 fee for drinks which were beforehand complimentary.
In 2007, some changes in the airline service fees were changed. It began charging a fee of $3 for all its drinks. A new branding image was announced, and the aircraft’s looks were updated. In 2008, Spirit Airlines made a Worker Adjustment and Restraining Notice to relocate or lay off hundreds of pilots ad flight attendants. This was because of the plans for closing the San Juan and LaGuardia crew base. Spirit airlines also started advertising on the side of its aircraft along with the overhead bins, seatback inserts, bulkheads as well as tray tables.
At present, Spirit Airlines flies to 52 destinations. This includes Central America, South America and the Caribbean. However, its base is maintained in Fort Lauderdale. Spirit Airlines has focus sites in Chicago-‘Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit and Las Vegas.
The Spirit Airlines currently has an all-Airbus fleet and consists of 49 aircraft. It has 29 Airbus A319-100, 18 Airbus A320-200 and 2 Airbus A321-200. Spirit Airlines reportedly has one of the youngest Airbus fleets in America, coming in third after the Virgin America Airlines and Volaris, a Mexican Airline.