Save Some Green on the Greenest Major U.S. Airline

Miramar, Florida, 2012-08-10 — / — Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is doing its part to make travel more environmentally friendly and wants to thank its valued customers for doing their part to help save the environment too. From its eco-friendly seating configuration to customers carrying less bags, Spirit has taken serious measures to reduce its fuel consumption and be more eco-conscious, making it the greenest major airline in the U.S. The company is not only reducing its carbon footprint, but also reducing fuel consumption and pollution.

Several years ago Spirit made the conscious decision to transition to a fleet of new, fuel-efficient aircraft and enhanced them with an eco-friendly seating configuration. “We are proud of the fact that we burn far less fuel per passenger than our competitors,” says Spirit’s Chief Marketing Office Barry Biffle. In fact, Spirit’s aircraft provide an incredible 89.4 passenger miles per gallon.*

Spirit also recently signed an agreement with Airbus for an order which includes their latest A320neo (new engine option) aircraft, which will be even more fuel efficient than Spirit’s current A320s.

In addition to its fuel-efficient fleet, many customers also appreciate the results of Spirit’s “Bring Less, Pay Less” baggage policy which allows customers to bring one free personal item onboard – namely faster boarding and deplaning, faster security lines and paying lower fares. This program led to a reduction in bags carried per passenger and resulted in Spirit using nearly six million gallons less fuel in the past year. “Six million gallons in fuel savings – now that’s not only a major cost savings that we can pass along to our customers by way of low fares, but also a major positive impact on the environment thanks to our customers,” says Biffle.

Typically you have to spend more money to help save the environment. But customers save money with the ultra low fares for which Spirit is famous. “Our customers get it. They’re bringing less, paying less and helping us save the environment,” adds Biffle.

To see how you can save money by flying Spirit and how other airlines’ fuel efficiency per passenger compare, visit

About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services for a fee, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs. Spirit’s modern fleet, configuration and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers. Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 200 daily flights to over 50 destinations within the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at


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*Passenger MPG calculated using internal and public 2011 Form 41 data.

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Misty Pinson
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Manuel Jaquez
Senior Manager Commercial – Latin America