Articles tagged “spirit airlines”

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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago

Spirit Air CEO: ‘For a Very Long Period of Time We Didn’t Run a Good Airline’

Spirit Air CEO: ‘For a Very Long Period of Time We Didn’t Run a Good Airline’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Focusing on reliability and customer satisfaction is the right move for Spirit, provided it can do it without increasing costs significantly. The airline's brand is not in strong shape, and it needs to be rehabilitated.

4 weeks ago

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is a curious move. In May, JetBlue will start flying smaller airplanes to Cuba, as demand is not as strong as expected. But now the airline wants to add more daily flights. Perhaps this is more of a long-term play.

1 month ago

Spirit Airlines Is the Latest Carrier to Downgrade Its Cuba Ambitions

Spirit Airlines Is the Latest Carrier to Downgrade Its Cuba Ambitions

Associated Press

Many travel brands got excited about Cuba. But its tourism infrastructure still has a long ways to go to match the hopes tourists (and locals) have for it.

1 month ago

U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's hard to consistently make money in the airline industry. But Indigo Partners, led by former America West Airlines CEO Bill Franke, has an excellent track record. Once again, he is poised to make a big profit after buying an airline cheaply and taking it public.

2 months ago

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Under CEO Robert Fornaro, Spirit has gotten the message — legacy carriers do not want discount airlines growing in their hubs. Instead, Spirit has taken much of its new capacity elsewhere, adding flights at medium-sized airports, like Akron-Canton in Ohio.

3 months ago

Spirit Airlines Feels the Heat From Other Carriers’ Low Fares

Spirit Airlines Feels the Heat From Other Carriers’ Low Fares

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Spirit Airlines had to reduce its guidance for 2017 following storm-related cancellations in early 2017. This represents a blip on the radar for Spirit, but questions remain about how Spirit will cope as legacy carriers introduce lower fares to compete.

4 months ago

Bombardier Hopes for Another ‘Megadeal’ in 2017 for its Struggling C Series

Bombardier Hopes for Another ‘Megadeal’ in 2017 for its Struggling C Series

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Many industry insiders say the C Series is an impressive machine. But commercially, the plane-maker continues to struggle, in part because both the CS100 and CS300 are a little smaller than many carriers would like. Then again, if Bombardier had gone any bigger, it would be competing head-on with Airbus and Boeing.

6 months ago

American Airlines Sees Weaker Demand for Flights to Cuba

American Airlines Sees Weaker Demand for Flights to Cuba

Mary Schlangenstein and Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg

We've been saying for quite some time that Cuba's biggest challenges are on the ground and finding a place to stay, not getting there. It needs to find some solutions or more cutbacks are on the way.

6 months ago

Spirit Airlines Is Thinking Smaller Under New CEO

Spirit Airlines Is Thinking Smaller Under New CEO

Brian Sumers, Skift

Under new CEO Bob Fornaro, Spirit Airlines is deviating slightly from the typical ultra low cost carrier playbook. Most passengers probably won't notice it, as Spirit will still pack in the seats and charge for everything. But around the edges, Spirit's strategy is evolving slightly.

7 months ago