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Spirit Airlines

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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QUICKTAKE
  • Total estimated fleet count by 2021: 177 Aircrafts
  • Aircraft configurations: A319 145 seats; A320 182 seats; A320 FLEX galley 182 seats; A321 FLEX galley 228 seats 
  • 75 Airbus aircraft for delivery from 2016-2021; 30 A320s and 45 A320NEOs
  • Spirit is the #2 most fuel efficient airline in the United States according to The International Council on Clean Transportation
  • Spirit has the lowest CASM for A320 aircraft in the USA
  • IATA code: NK; ICAO code: NKS
  • ATC callsign: "Spirit Wings"
  • Average fleet age of aircraft is aprox 5.6 years
  • Date of signing was March 1st, 2018. New pay scales are effective March 2nd. Annual pay raises begin on each March 1st for the listed pay raises. Average pay raise was 43% per pilot. 
  • 11% direct contribution Date of Signing, increases 1% on DOS to max at 15%
  • LTD is own occupation. $5k a month paid by company, buy up to $15k total monthly payment, based on prior years W2, 60% of earnings.
  • GoJet announced 8/1/17 that captains who have complete 1 year in the left sear can transition to Spirit without an interview after successfully completing the Spirit employment assesment.
  • 75% of the trips must have enough reserve coverage (IOT) aka “green”.
  • If days are green, trip could be dropped
  • There’s no limit on number of trips or block hours that could be dropped.(lineholders)
  • Lineholders are allowed to pick up trips from any base.
  • Company cannot schedule a block of less than 4 days off, except on month to month transitions.
  • 13 days off/month minimum. (12/13 for reserves)
  • NavBlue PBS bidding expected by Spring ‘19
  • Trip rig 3.5 : 1, duty rig 2:1 (after PBS implementation)
  • Long call reserve : 14-hour callout, Short call reserve : 3 hrs before departure
  • No airport reserve.
  • Reserve lines are consturcted with the same reserve periods for the month
  • The periods cannot be shifted on the first or last day. If no assignment on last RAP before days off, 6 hr early release
  • 2 lists (X/Y) to volunteer on days off. Both pay 200% trip credit
  • Roughly one-half of Spirit's revenue is generated from ancillary (carry-on baggage, baggage, etc) fees
  • This page last updated: February 28, 2019 (Pay Scales)
PILOTS
Total: 2164
Active: 2164
Furloughed: 0
UNION
ALPA
FLEET
A319: 31
A320: 61
A320Neo: 10
A321: 30
DOMICILES
ACY
DFW
DTW
FLL
LAS
ORD
MCO
HIRING
Is Hiring?: Yes

Hiring 60/month, 22 upgrades. Classes every two weeks.

Apply online.

Minimums: 2,000 Total Time in Fixed Wing Aircraft 1,000 Multi-engine Aircraft

Preferred: 3,000 Total Time in Fixed Wing Aircraft 1,500 in multi-engine, multi-crew, turboprop or jet aircraft

Spirit interview gouge.

JUMPSEATS

To list for a jumpseat on Spirit Airlines, please go to www.spirit.com. At the bottom of the page there is a link that says "Team Travel & OA Travel/Jumpseat". Click on the link, select your airline, fill it out, and put in the verification code that was provided by your jumpseat coordinator. A listing can be made 72 hours from the flight. First offline pilot to check in gets the jumpseat. Spirit will take as many jumpseaters as there are open seats in the back.

All but 2 319s have 2 jumpseats, all 320s have 1 jumpseat, and new yellow 321s have 1 jumpseat.

CASS participant.

Spirit Airlines PAYSCALES

CAPTAIN PAY SCALE (Hourly)
Year
  A319 A320 A321   
12   242 242 242   
11   233 233 233   
10   229 229 229   
9   223 223 223   
8   218 218 218   
7   211 211 211   
6   208 208 208   
5   206 206 206   
4   204 204 204   
3   200 200 200   
2   197 197 197   
1   182 182 182   
FIRST OFFICER PAY SCALE (Hourly)
Year
  A319 A320 A321   
12   161 161 161   
11   157 157 157   
10   153 153 153   
9   150 150 150   
8   144 144 144   
7   140 140 140   
6   134 134 134   
5   128 128 128   
4   121 121 121   
3   114 114 114   
2   107 107 107   
1   57 57 57   

PAY CALCULATOR
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PAY NOTES

12 year CA DOS +4 is $260/hr

12 year FO DOS +4 is $172/hr

Monthly guarantee: 72 hours
Reserve guarantee: 72 hours

Open time pick-up pays 100%
Junior Assignment pays 200%

International pay override is 8%.

Pay rates for A319/A320/A321. Rates do not include 2% A321 override which is received on a monthly percentage basis of A321 block hours to total block hours flown and is paid to all pilots regardless of which aircraft you fly.

Most junior CA hired: January, 2016 (ACY)

PER DIEM

$2.25

RETIREMENT

401K:

401k Matching: No

12% direct contribution; 1% increase per year to 15%.

401K Matching: Yes

A/B Fund:

none