Articles tagged “spirit airlines”

Spirit Airlines Is Doing Just Fine With Its Contrarian Approach

Spirit Airlines Is Doing Just Fine With Its Contrarian Approach

Brian Sumers, Skift

If you're an investor, it's not clear Spirit's model is the right one. But if you're a passenger, you should love the airline, even if you never fly it. Spirit is responsible for many of the U.S. fare wars we've seen in recent years.

2 weeks ago

Spirit Airlines Names Next CEO as It Tries to Fix Old Problems

Spirit Airlines Names Next CEO as It Tries to Fix Old Problems

Brian Sumers, Skift

The last time Spirit Airlines replaced its CEO, it bungled the public messaging. It's not letting that happen this time. Investors are getting more than one year of advance warning.

2 months ago

Spirit Airlines Improves On-Time Performance But Can’t Shake Complaints

Spirit Airlines Improves On-Time Performance But Can’t Shake Complaints

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Usually it costs money for airlines to improve operational performance because to run on-time more often, they must build slack into their schedules and add spare planes. That means the airline doesn't operate as efficiently as possible. But being late became too expensive for Spirit.

2 months ago

Fewer Flyers Are Getting Bumped After Widespread Backlash

Fewer Flyers Are Getting Bumped After Widespread Backlash

Associated Press

Airlines have learned their lesson after getting slammed following the violent incident on a United flight earlier this year. Whether this lasts is anyone's guess.

3 months ago

Fast-Growing Spirit Airlines Will Slow Its Expansion by 2019

Fast-Growing Spirit Airlines Will Slow Its Expansion by 2019

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

More than perhaps any airline, Spirit is responsible for cheap fares offered not only by discount carriers, but also by legacy airlines, who are compelled to match prices. Deal-seeking customers should hope Spirit continues to grow quickly.

4 months ago

Budget Airlines Lead Fare Wars in the U.S. That Are ‘Painful’ to Legacy Rivals

Budget Airlines Lead Fare Wars in the U.S. That Are ‘Painful’ to Legacy Rivals

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

So much for "price discipline." United may lose money before Spirit loses money but big airlines may be better-situated to deal with the hit. At any rate, the battle is great news for consumers.

6 months ago

Spirit Airlines Wants to Win Back Customers by Being Nicer

Spirit Airlines Wants to Win Back Customers by Being Nicer

Brian Sumers, Skift

Spirit Airlines spent years angering customers with shoddy customer service. Now it wants those travelers to return, promising they'll find a kinder, gentler airline with an increased emphasis on on-time arrivals. But will they come back, or will they opt for deeply discounted fares from full-service airlines?

6 months ago

Low-Cost Spirit and Allegiant Struggle to Fly On Time

Low-Cost Spirit and Allegiant Struggle to Fly On Time

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Allegiant and Spirit are giving the absurd excuse that an airline can't be both low-cost and on-time. Wrong. In Europe, budget carrier Ryanair tops the rankings for on-time performance.

7 months ago

Spirit Airlines Has Trouble Ahead as Airfares Decline and Competition Increases

Spirit Airlines Has Trouble Ahead as Airfares Decline and Competition Increases

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Spirit Airlines is hurting after a mixed quarter, and the outlook isn't good for the rest of 2017. The company's leadership, however, remains undeterred from its current strategy.

7 months ago

Spirit Air Pilots Won’t Contest Judge’s Order Over Job Action

Spirit Air Pilots Won’t Contest Judge’s Order Over Job Action

Associated Press

We're not surprised the Air Line Pilots Association is not contesting the judge's order. Among all pilot unions, ALPA is considered the most sensible. The union likely had no appetite for a long-term court fight with Spirit.

10 months ago

Spirit Airlines Gets Support From Federal Court in Disagreement With Pilot Union

Spirit Airlines Gets Support From Federal Court in Disagreement With Pilot Union

Brian Sumers, Skift

The union said it will comply with the order. But does that mean Spirit flights will immediately start running on-time again? Probably not.

10 months ago

Spirit Air Sues Its Pilots Union After Airline Had to Cancel Hundreds of Flights

Spirit Air Sues Its Pilots Union After Airline Had to Cancel Hundreds of Flights

Brian Sumers, Skift

It has not been a good week for Spirit's operation. But airlines often prevail in cases like these, so on-time performance could improve soon.

10 months ago