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Spirit Airlines

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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QUICKTAKE
  • Total estimated fleet count by 2021: 193 aircraft
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Lineholders are allowed to pick up trips from any base.
  • Company cannot schedule a block of less than 4 days off unless waived by pilot
  • 13 days off/month minimum. (12/13 for reserves)
  • NavBlue PBS bidding effective June 2019
  • Trip rig 3.5:1, duty rig 2:1
  • Long call reserve : 14-hour callout, Short call reserve : 3 hrs before departure
  • Line holders may drop to zero subject to monthly red/green grid. Grid must start out the month with 75% green days
  • Reserve lines built with same RAP for entire month. No ready reserve. 6 hour early release on last day of reserve if no assignment.
  • Roughly one-half of Spirit's revenue is generated from ancillary (carry-on baggage, baggage, etc) fees
  • Spirit Airlines announced in October 2019 it will place a firm order for 100 A320neo-family jets
  • It plans to take a mix of A319neos, A320neos, and A321neos, with deliveries between 2022 and 2027. The airline will also have options for another 50 aircraft.
  • This page last updated: Novemeber 14, 2019 (Hiring)
PILOTS
Total: 2345
Active: 2345
Furloughed: 0
UNION
ALPA
FLEET
A319: 31
A320: 64
A320Neo: 13
A321: 30
DOMICILES
ACY
DFW
DTW
FLL
LAS
ORD
MCO
HIRING
Is Hiring?: Yes

Currently hiring 46-56/mo. Hiring 64/mo beginning in January 2020.

Apply online.

Minimums: 3,000 hours total time in fixed wing aircraft.

  • 1,000 hours in multi-engine aircraft.
  • Current FAA First Class Medical Certificate.
  • Current Unrestricted Airline Transport Pilot License.
  • FCC Radio Telephone Operator Permit.
  • Valid passport/documents with the ability to travel in and out of the USA and all cities/countries served by Spirit Airlines now and in the future. Legal right to work in the United States.

Preferred: 4,000 hours total time in fixed wing aircraft.

  • 1,500 hours in multi-engine, turboprop or jet aircraft.
  • A320 Type Rating.
  • Undergraduate degree from an Accredited Four Year College or University.
  • Experience in 121 airlines or turbojet aircraft.
  • Experience in aircraft equipped with EFIS and/or FMS.
  • Instructor/Check Airman experience.

Spirit interview gouge.

JUMPSEATS

To list for a jumpseat on Spirit Airlines go to teamtravel.spirit.com. Click on the “Other Airline” tab and fill out the required information including the verification code provided to you by your jumpseat coordinator. A listing can be made within 72 hours of departure time. First offline pilot to check in gets the jumpseat. Spirit will take as many jumpseaters as there are available cabin seats/jumpseats.

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

Some of the 320 NEOs have 2 jumpseats.

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   

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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%
All premium flying (X/Y list, JA) 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: April, 2017

PER DIEM

$2.27

RETIREMENT

401K:

12% defined contribution; 1% increase per year to 15%

401K Matching: Yes

A/B Fund:

none