Spirit Airlines (NK, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has completed the first round of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for new aircraft, Vice-President (Technical Operations) Kirk Thornburg said during Aviation Week’s 2019 MRO Americas Conference.

The ultra-low-cost carrier currently operates 135 Airbus narrowbodies, including thirty-one A319-100s, sixty-two A320-200s, thirty A321-200s, and twelve A320-200neo. By 2021, the airline plans to operate 177 aircraft without taking into account the potential new order.

Thornburg also said that Spirit was still planning to open another in-house maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) centre in the United States but had not yet decided on the location and timeline.

In 2017, Spirit opened its first in-house MRO facility at Detroit Metropolitan. The facility has three bays for narrowbody Airbus jets.