Spirit Airlines, ultra-low cost carrier and one of the fastest growing airlines in the United States, and Lufthansa Technik AG have signed an exclusive four-year Airframe Related Components (ARC®) contract for 28 A320 family aircraft (A319, A320 and A321) and options for additional aircraft. Spirit Airlines fleet currently consists of 49 aircraft.
Charles Rue, Vice President Supply Chain of Spirit Airlines, points out: "Lufthansa Technik was able to tailor its services exactly to Spirit's needs and requirements in order for us to continue our high utilization operation while also keeping costs at a minimum, which is of most importance for a growing carrier such as Spirit Airlines. The support agreement for the thrust reverser will extend our already existing business relationship."
Robert Gaag, Director Sales USA and Canada from Lufthansa Technik, added: "The growing partnership with Spirit Airlines is of great value for both parties, and we are extremely proud that Spirit Airlines has once more showed us the trust and confidence to perform these critical services for them. With our global MRO network we are prepared to guarantee Spirit Airlines the high level of quality support they can expect from us."
Lufthansa Technik will support Spirit Airlines at its main base of operations, Fort Lauderdale International Airport, in addition to its thrust reverser facilities in Sun Valley, California, Hamburg, Germany, and Shenzhen, China.
Starting in April 2013, a dedicated amount of thrust reverser spares in combination with a 24/7 customer service desk will ensure maximum fleet availability at minimum cost to Spirit Airlines. In addition to the thrust reverser agreement, Lufthansa Technik also supports Spirit Airlines with an exclusive Total Component Support TCS® contract, as well as an APU repair and overhaul agreement for the entire fleet.
Spirit Airlines 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.
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and about 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is licensed internationally as a repair, production and development enterprise. The Group's portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.