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Spirit Airlines to connect Atlantic City and New Orleans

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) LAS (TMK Photography). Image: 925224.

Spirit Airlines has announced new nonstop service connecting Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Beginning April 13, 2018, Spirit will operate 4 flights per week between the two popular vacation destinations.

Spirit Airlines has been providing nonstop flights and low fares from Southern New Jersey for more than 27 years at Atlantic City International Airport. From Atlantic City, Spirit currently operates 10 flights per day to 6 cities, including Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. On April 12, 2018, Spirit will also resume its daily seasonal service to Atlanta.

In New Orleans, Spirit will begin seasonal nonstop service from Columbus, OH, beginning on March 22, 2018. Spirit also recently started service to New Orleans from Boston, Newark/New York, Tampa and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Spirit now operates 19 daily flights from New Orleans to 17 destinations.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) LAS (TMK Photography). Image: 925224.

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Spirit Airlines to start two new routes from Philadelphia

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930207.

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) starting on April 29, 2016, will begin new nonstop service from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

This announcement follows Spirit’s recent announcement of nonstop service between PHL and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also starting in April 2016. With these additions, Spirit will operate nonstop service from Philadelphia to 8 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit (starting 4/29/2016), Fort Lauderdale (starting 4/29/2016), Las Vegas, Los Angeles (starting 4/14/2016), and Myrtle Beach.

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Spirit Airlines to add two more routes from Atlanta

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N506NK (msn 2490) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930238.

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) announced today it will add two new cites to its nonstop service options from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The daily service starts on April 14, 2016 between ATL and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

With these additions, Spirit operates nonstop service from Atlanta to 17 cities, including Atlantic City, Baltimore/Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul (starting 4/14/2016), New Orleans (starting 4/14/2016), Orlando, Philadelphia, and Tampa.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N506NK (msn 2490) departs from Los Angeles.

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Spirit Airlines to operate between Los Angeles and Oakland

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Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) announced today it will add new nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Oakland International Airport (OAK),
beginning on November 12, 2015.

Spirit continues its build-up at LAX. This new service will consist of two daily nonstop flights, with a morning and evening flight each way. With this new service, Spirit will operate nonstop flights to 13 destinations from Los Angeles, including Atlanta (starting on August 20, 2015); Baltimore/Washington, DC (starting July 9, 2015), Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Houston, KansasCity (starting July 9, 2015), Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Oakland (starting November 12, 2015).

From Oakland, Spirit will operate nonstop to five destinations, including Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston (seasonal), Las Vegas, and Los Angeles (starting November 12, 2015).

Copyright Photo below: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N502NK (msn 2433) prepares to land in Las Vegas.

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Spirit Airlines launches Houston – Cancun flights, the first international service from Houston

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Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) yesterday (May 7) launched its first of several new flights to Latin America from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with new service to Cancun, Mexico.

Spirit will add six additional Latin American destinations in the coming days, with nonstop service to Los Cabos, Mexico; Toluca, Mexico; Managua, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador available.

The debut is part of the steady growth by Spirit, which announced last year the addition of 10 new non-stop destinations out of IAH, bringing its total of routes served to 22. This includes expanded domestic service to Tampa and Baltimore/Washington, which began in March, and nonstop service to Oakland/San Francisco, which began in April.

The expansion nearly doubled the nonstop service offered by Spirit from Bush Intercontinental, adding to a roster that already includes flights to Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Orlando, and San Diego. The new routes will make Spirit one of the busiest carriers operating out of IAH.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) prepares to land in Las Vegas.

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Spirit Airlines launches 10 new routes

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) yesterday (April 16) began nonstop service to 10 new destinations and increases service to 18 popular summer routes, including Cleveland, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. This marks one of the biggest days in Spirit’s history.

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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N502NK (msn 2433) approaches the runway at Las Vegas.

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The end of US Airways, today American Airlines is operating under a single FAA operating certificate

American Airlines and US Airways (American Airlines Group) (Dallas/Fort Worth) today (April 8) are operating under a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Part 121 FAA Air Operators Certificate-AOC).

Before midnight last night, all originating US Airways (formerly USAir) US/USA (AWE) flights were using its codes and after midnight all originating flights were using the American Airlines (AA/AAL) codes. Some US Airways flights technically landed today after midnight using the old codes.

Therefore as an airline, in the eyes of the FAA, US Airways technically was fully merged into American Airlines today (April 8) although brand remnants of US Airways (especially on the aircraft) will take longer to erase.

All flights now use the “American” call sign.

For the record, the last Cactus call sign US Airways flight was flight US 696 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Charlotte (CLT) arriving a little after 6 am (0613) with Airbus A321-231 N971UY (msn 6249) painted in full American colors.

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American Airlines issued this statement:

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American Airlines today (April 8) received a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for American and US Airways, marking a major milestone in the integration of the two airlines.

The FAA’s approval for American and US Airways to operate under one certificate is the culmination of more than 18 months of work aligning the carriers’ operating policies and procedures. Beginning today, most flight operations, maintenance and dispatch procedures will be identical for all flights. Air traffic control communications will refer to all American and US Airways flights with the call sign “American.”

“Achieving a single operating certificate is an important step toward becoming a fully integrated airline and the effort to reach today’s milestone touched nearly every area of our company,” said Robert Isom, American’s Chief Operating Officer. “For a project of this scope, many entities and people must come together and see it through to completion, but one person must ultimately oversee it in its entirety. With that, our appreciation for the leadership of Captain and Senior Vice President, Integration Operations Ed Bular, who oversaw this massive project, along with the CAVOK Group under the leadership of Vice President Jim Ballough, cannot be overstated. Likewise, our frontline employees and the union leaders who represent them are to be enthusiastically applauded for their role in learning and implementing new policies and procedures and adhering to those as we move forward under one certificate.

“The FAA’s Joint Transition Team, led by Skip Whitrock, helped guide us through a rigorous process designed to ensure that our airline is built on a solid foundation of regulatory compliance. We are extremely appreciative of the valuable direction that Skip, Division Managers Nick Reyes and Larry Fields and all at the FAA have provided us over the past year.

“Lastly, as a global airline, this work spanned many regions. We thank the Department of Transportation and regulatory authorities in more than 50 countries who worked alongside us to ensure this critical project remained on track.”

Isom concluded, “While today marks a significant milestone for our integration, there is still much that remains ahead and we will intensify our focus on moving to a single reservations system and website and combining our frontline employee workgroups.”

A team of more than 700 employees reviewed 465 manuals along with policies, procedures and programs from both carriers and selected best practices to implement for the merged airline. More than 110,000 employees completed hundreds of thousands of hours of training in multiple phases and more than 115,000 pages on policies and procedures were published.

The FAA’s recognition of American as a single operator does not mean change for customers, who will continue to check in for their flights on aa.com, usairways.com, or at American or US Airways ticket counters until later this year when American moves to a single reservations system.

Since American and US Airways merged in December 2013, the airline has been making steady integration progress, including inducting US Airways into the oneworld alliance, merging separate frequent flyer programs into the single AAdvantage program and reaching five-year joint collective bargaining agreements with its pilots and flight attendants.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The real story here is how upstart America West Airlines (AWE) (and the Doug Parker-led management team) (Phoenix) became the largest airline in the world by taking over two struggling and larger airlines and adopting their names. US Airways’ legacy 1983 America West retro scheme is pictured on Airbus A319-132 N828AW (msn 1552). You did it Doug Parker. Congratulations. Well done.

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