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Old 06-08-2018, 08:36 AM
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Check their safety record, there is Allagiant Air that the safety record is so bad no flight crews will even fly on it
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Does the cockpit of a new plane have that "new car smell" that I love so much?
It does, but you notice it more in the cabin actually.

This airplane had flown 3 revenue legs when I got it (1st day in service)

Definitely smelled new.

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Old 06-08-2018, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by SWA737 View Post
It does, but you notice it more in the cabin actually.

This airplane had flown 3 revenue legs when I got it (1st day in service)

Definitely smelled new.

That must be refreshing aftering sitting in some of the older cockpits, you get to put your thumbprint in those new seats so to speak.
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Between my wife, kids and myself we have flown Spirit 5 times. As stated above, they charge you for EVERYTHING. But we were flying for long weekends to visit my folks in FLA (read.... everything fits in a backpack). 3 of the 5 flights were delayed by 2 hours plus.

So would I fly them again? Sure given the right circumstance. But sure as heck not for things like business travel or longer flights

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Old 06-08-2018, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by SWA737 View Post
It does, but you notice it more in the cabin actually.

This airplane had flown 3 revenue legs when I got it (1st day in service)

Definitely smelled new.

Too bad its a Scarebus...
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Originally Posted by psojka View Post
Too bad its a Scarebus...
That’s a Boeing. This is an Airbus, the Airbus cockpit is more comfortable.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:39 AM
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I normally only use spirit, they have had some of the best landings I have ever been on and Flying out of MSY, no one seems to be able to touch their prices.

If you understand their pricing then you shouldn't have an issue.

Now, their seats aren't the most comfortable. Keep that in mind. But on a 2 hour flight I had no issue.
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Old 06-08-2018, 12:22 PM
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If you don't ride the public bus then don't ride spirit. They are the people looking to get to their destination by cheapest means possible. I take Southwest or Jetblue when I am looking for a low cost option. I only take Spirit when I literally have no other option (last minute in state flight)
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Old 06-08-2018, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by psojka View Post
Too bad its a Scarebus...
It's a 737 Max8 (Boeing)
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Old 06-08-2018, 05:52 PM
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the FAA would disagree with you on that. There comes a point in every airframe’s life when it is no longer airworthy. The B-52 is another discussion- yes a wonderful airplane but made to totally different standards. I’m not afraid of flying on a 15 year old airframe- I learned how to fly in a 1978 Cessna 150 as a kid. Just rather spend my money while flying commercial on an airline that prioritizes safety and age of their equipment over their bottom line looking good for investors.
Cool that the B 52 was made to different standards. I have heard that if you pressurize an airplane it is (other than the B 52) only good for so many pressurizations. That is why your older training Cessnas, Pipers, and others generally work out ok. Although I did quit flying and sold my interest in a 1978 Piper Warrior partly because of the concern of flying an older airplane.
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Old 06-08-2018, 06:11 PM
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It's a bare bones airline. Some people say "I don't have 2 carryons, 3 checked pieces, and a suit jacket, and I don't need to watch a bunch of entertainment content I don't like. Why should I pay for all of that crap?"

And Spirit is the answer. When I fly with nothing but a small backpack that fits under my seat, Spirit can save you some cash. If you want to fly a bare bones flight but then you want all the extras, then it will cost you more.

Pretty simple idea, really. The flights usually aren't that bad, because it doesn't take forever to board because of the moms with 4 bags.
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Reminds me of the time I bought a hamburger at an off brand hamburger place in Atlanta. By the time I paid for cheese, pickle, onion, and whatever else I had a tiny expensive hamburger. (I didn 't know that I was spending money to ask for those "extras."
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Originally Posted by psojka View Post
The majority of spirit's airframes are aging- but not as old as Allegiant's. They bought most of their MD-80s after the big airlines were done using them roughly 15 years ago...that's a huge red flag for me. But hey, to each their own.
This is a misrepresentation of the facts. Aging? Everyone’s fleets are aging. If you mean the fleet is old that’s simply not the case. The oldest jet they have is 11 years old. The average age of the fleet is 6 years. As far as fleets go that pretty young. And as they add new aircraft the average keeps droping. Delta still flies the MD-80/90 Jets. 150 of them. Maintenance... that’s all it take to keep a plane airworthy.

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That’s a Boeing. This is an Airbus, the Airbus cockpit is more comfortable.
Oh shit! Did you become an Airbus guy! I know you fly one but now your an advocate?
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Oh shit! Did you become an Airbus guy! I know you fly one but now your an advocate?
Come on man. No advocate. Boeing man at heart, just giving credit where it’s due, the Airbus cockpit is more comfortable and quiet than the Boeing posted above.

you know I cut my teeth in this old gal.
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Originally Posted by ThreeLittleFish View Post


This is a misrepresentation of the facts. Aging? Everyone’s fleets are aging. If you mean the fleet is old that’s simply not the case. The oldest jet they have is 11 years old. The average age of the fleet is 6 years. As far as fleets go that pretty young. And as they add new aircraft the average keeps droping. Delta still flies the MD-80/90 Jets. 150 of them. Maintenance... that’s all it take to keep a plane airworthy.

The bullshit that you read on the web amazes me. Spirits Jets aren't old. I'll never fly them, but I'll also stick to facts.

Spirit is an amazing airline for families that cannot afford full fare tickets.
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Originally Posted by The Revenge View Post


Come on man. No advocate. Boeing man at heart, just giving credit where it’s due, the Airbus cockpit is more comfortable and quiet than the Boeing posted above.

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The big problem I have with flying Spirit (and other small airlines) is when there is a problem or cancelled flight your screwed because they don't have size of other airlines to have the contingency back up plans at each airport.
Have you ever flown Southwest??? They will screw you over more with cancelled flights than any other airline. I don't fly them ever for business and not often otherwise for that reason.
Was booked to fly from Ft. Lauderdale to NYC on them on the afternoon March 20th (Tuesday), and it was set to snow in NY on March 21st - they cancelled every single flight to NYC from noon onward, and when I called to rebook, the first flight they could get the three of us on was Saturday (3/24) - in what world is that considered even acceptable service.
Was able to book a JetBlue flight for 6 am on 3/21 from FLL to JFK - it took off on time and landed at 8:45 am, before the snow in NY started. It cost me an extra $300 for the hotel and $600 ($200/each) for the JetBlue flight, but it saved me 3 days and at least $500 in additional hotel and rental car expense (over the extra $800) - and I am still fighting with SWA for me full refund.
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Biggest problem w flying Spirit is dealing with the people who fly Spirit, the Walmart of airlines
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Biggest problem w flying Spirit is dealing with the people who fly Spirit, the Walmart of airlines
If Walmart had a Discount / Scratch-and-Dent / Used / Day-Old Bread department, you would find 98% Spirit flyers.
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