RICHMOND, B.C. CANADA AND LAS VEGAS, NV March 13, 2013 Corvus Energy announced today the purchase of 21 CorPower lithium electric GSE retrofit kits for their Fort Lauderdale operations.
“Spirit Airlines is committed to innovative, cost-efficient and environmentally responsible operations to support their low-bas-fare approach to the market," said Corvus Energy’s VP of Business Development, Sean Puchalski.
The Corvus product allows Spirit to re-power existing assets and reduce fuel consumption and maintenance expenses. This not only reduces Spirit’s cost per passenger mile but also reduces harmful emissions for customers and employees."
"We are looking forward to introducing this product as yet another way that Spirit is making travel not only more affordable for our customers, but also more environmentally friendly," said Spirit Airlines' Chief Operating Officer Tony Lefebvre.
"At the same time, the Corvus product allows us to reduce our ground support costs by eliminating our fuel expense and reducing our maintenance expense on these tractors. The capital outlay is significantly less than going with new lead-¬-acid electric tractors and the lithium charging infrastructure is less demanding on airport electrical infrastructure."
This order represents the conversion of Spirit’s entire Fort Lauderdale fleet of baggage tractors. Spirit estimates a fuel reduction savings of 25,000 gallons of gasoline per year, resulting in reduction of greenhouse gasses by an estimated 243 tons of carbon and positively impacting the air quality for everyone locally and globally. Spirit will purchase the units from Corvus’ North American distributor Aviation GSE America, Inc.
About Corvus Energy
Corvus Energy provides industrial-¬-sized power in a compact, modular lithium-¬-ion battery system to commercial marine, transportation, materials handling, remote community, off grid and grid energy markets. Its revolutionary battery packs have the capacity to output sustained power comparable to diesel engines in hybrid and full-¬-electric vessels and vehicles. For more information, please visit www.corvus-¬energy.com.
About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs. Spirit's modern fleet, configuration and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-¬-friendly U.S. carriers. Spirit's all-¬-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 200 daily flights to over 50 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at www.spirit.com.
About Aviation GSE America
Aviation GSE America has been in the aviation distributorship business for over 10 years, serving clients around the world. They carry a wide variety of new and refurbished aviation ground equipment for sale and rent or lease to own and can efficiently provide support equipment for aircrafts ranging from loaders, dollies and pushback tractors, and other air start and ground power units. Aviation GSE America has been working with clients and suppliers to position itself as a leading green – zero emission service provider. For further information visit www.gtaaviation.org.