Saturday, October 15, 2016

Old Airline - New Planes

Most people are aware of low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines with their bold yellow "insert your own descriptive comment here" aircraft.  With their fleet renewal taking place, there have been a lot of deliveries over the past year, in particular their sharklet-equipped Airbus A321s.

The past week however, has seen them venturing into the brand new with the delivery of their first two A320NEO's.  The largest generation of the A320 family with brand new Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines, the latest in geared turbofan engine technology was initially ordered back in 2011 with the purchase of 45 aircraft.

I was lucky to be able to see the arrival of the second aircraft, N902NK which got to Spirit's Fort Lauderdale home base on October 14.  The first thing I will say is how much quieter the new engines area on approach.  Still a "Yellow Taxi Cab" to me, but still nice to see.  Both aircraft will start their commercial life in the coming week,

Some more time spent behind the camera lens....