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Wow: Spirit Airlines Is Coming To Miami In A Big Way



There is huge news coming out of Miami. The prolific and bold Spirit Airlines, which calls Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) home, strikes again and is now coming to Miami International Airport (MIA) in a huge way. Expecting to start services from October, Spirit is targeting 30 routes out of Miami and effectively turning it into its second gateway for the carrier out of South Florida.

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Spirit Airlines has announced that it will come to Miami with a whopping 30 routes. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Spirit Airlines is coming to Miami

If all goes well, Spirit Airlines is expected to launch operations out of Miami on October 6th. The airline is targeting the following routes:

Starting October 6th:

  • Atlantic City (ACY) with daily operations
  • Atlanta (ATL) with daily operations
  • Baltimore (BWI) with daily operations
  • Bogota (BOG) with daily operations
  • Guatemala City (GUA) four times per week
  • Medellin (MDE) with daily operations
  • Newark (EWR) with daily operations
  • Port-au-Prince (PAP) with daily operations
  • Santo Domingo (SDQ) with daily operations
  • San Salvador (SAL) three times per week starting on October 7th

Starting November 17th:

  • Barranquilla (BAQ) with daily operations
  • Boston (BOS) with daily operations
  • Cali (CLO) with daily operations
  • Chicago (ORD) with daily operations
  • Cleveland (CLE) with daily operations
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) with daily operations
  • Denver (DEN) with daily operations
  • Detroit (DTW) with daily operations
  • Hartford (BDL) with daily operations
  • Houston (IAH) with daily operations
  • Las Vegas (LAS) with daily operations
  • Myrtle Beach (MYR) with daily operations
  • New York LaGuardia (LGA) with two flights per day
  • Orlando (MCO) with daily operations
  • Philadelphia (PHL) with daily operations
  • Raleigh-Durham (RDU) with daily operations
  • San Pedro Sula (SAP) with daily operations
  • San José (SJO) four times per week
  • San Juan (SJU) with daily operations
  • St. Thomas (STT) three times per week starting on November 18th
Spirit Miami route map
Spirit’s route network out of Miami will be impressive. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

Spirit Airlines needs to release the list of destinations it intends to serve and dates to come to Miami. According to the airline, this has to be made public before obtaining gate and counter space at the airport. Once the coordination of gates and counters is complete, Spirit will offer its final schedule.

Note that the schedule and cities may change depending on how the airline’s space is allocated in Miami. Once those details are hammered out, the carrier will start to sell tickets and release final flight schedules.

There are plenty of months to go before the airline officially plans on inaugurating services. And, any flights that it may not get now, it could get in the future if additional gate space opens up at MIA.

Spirit Airbus A321
Spirit Airlines still needs to work with MIA to get the gates and counters it needs to service these destinations. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Watch out: Spirit is putting up a fight

Spirit Airlines is coming to Miami with one of the most expansive route networks of any airline serving the airport, save for American Airlines. While things may change, there is a lot of appetite for bringing more nonstop low-cost service to major airports around the United States.

Spirit Airlines has not been deterred from entering major hub airports. It is known for having a sizable presence in cities like Dallas, Chicago, Detroit and recently building up in Los Angeles. The airline has also shown it can be successful in new markets dominated by a major US airline.

Spirit A320
Spirit Airlines is not one to shy away from the competition. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

This will put a lot of pressure on American Airlines. Long known as Miami’s leading airline, the airline just inaugurated a new nonstop service to Tel Aviv, Israel, and has been upgauging services across Latin America and the Caribbean to service heavier demand in what is typically the airline’s strongest international market.

Spirit Airlines is coming into that market. The airline is a known low-cost presence in Central America, the Caribbean, and Colombia. It will now be able to complement its Fort Lauderdale service with a presence in Miami.

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Miami is far from the only airport where Spirit competes with American Airlines. Photo: Getty Images

Spirit and American have been in opposition to each other recently. The ultra-low-cost carrier has been a leading voice in opposition to the American-JetBlue Northeastern Alliance. It also took aim at Ecuador after both airlines made separate moves to alter their frequencies in the market.

Another airline that has set its sights on Miami is Frontier Airlines. The carrier has been making some new additions at the city into Latin America, though not with the robust portfolio and frequencies that Spirit is targeting. Frontier is still committed to the airport, though it operates on a different model than Spirit.

Spirit A320neo
Spirit Airlines is willing to go for higher frequency operations, where Frontier may only service a route a few times per week. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Will not shrink in Fort Lauderdale

Spirit Airlines is the largest airline in Fort Lauderdale. Come July, the airline anticipates reaching 100 daily departures out of FLL for the first time. Even with the growth in Miami, Spirit believes there is enough demand for flying to South Florida to maintain both its incredible Fort Lauderdale position and an expansive position out of Miami.

The airline can service all these new routes thanks to its incredible ramp-up of Airbus deliveries. The carrier’s order book benefited from the crisis. As other airlines deferred deliveries, Spirit decided to accelerate some as it remains well-suited to benefit from a strong summer leisure recovery.

Spirit planes
Spirit Airlines will not cut down on flying out of Fort Lauderdale. Photo: Jay Singh | Simple Flying

Spirit Airlines was clear in its moves to Miami: it will not result in a reduction in flying at FLL. With years of service to the airport, Spirit uses FLL as its primary gateway into Latin America and the Caribbean. There, the carrier can also target a larger domestic market with connecting passengers.

Spirit Airlines is doubling down in Florida. Once it comes to Miami, the airline will serve seven of Florida’s ten largest airports, and it is undoubtedly planning even more in the state.

Spirit A320neo
Expect more from Spirit in the coming years as it takes more Airbus A320neo aircraft. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

For Miami-based travelers, this means a host of new options. For American Airlines and Frontier Airlines, this means a lot of new competition. Keep an eye out on Miami to see how this develops and what reactions come from American Airlines and Frontier Airlines.

Are you glad to see Spirit Airlines announce it intends to service Miami? Will you fly Spirit either to or from Miami? Let us know in the comments!

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Hawaiian Airlines to resume Tahiti service



Hawaiian Airlines has announced the resumption of its Tahiti service following the launch of a pre-travel testing program between Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia that allows for quarantine-free travel within the two archipelagos. Beginning Aug. 7, Hawaiian will reinstate once-weekly nonstop flying between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Tahiti’s Fa’a’ā International Airport (PPT), utilizing its 278-seat Airbus A330 aircraft.

Hawaiian has served as the leading carrier for Hawaiʻi-Tahiti air travel since its inaugural service in June 1987. The airline suspended its PPT service flights in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The carrier’s resumption of flights is made possible by the new pre-travel testing program established by Hawaiʻi Gov. David Ige and French Polynesia President Édouard Fritch — a result of low COVID-19 cases within the two destinations.

Both Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia will implement strict travel requirements for resident and visitor safety. Those traveling inbound from PPT to HNL must complete and upload a negative test result from the Institut Louis Malardé, a state-approved testing partner, to the state of Hawaiʻi’s Safe Travels program. Guests traveling outbound to PPT from HNL will need to provide proof of vaccination and have fulfilled the government of Tahiti’s COVID-19 entry requirements prior to travel. Those not compliant will be subject to a 10-day quarantine.

Hawaiian Airlines flight HA481 will depart HNL at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 and arrive at PPT at 9:30 p.m. Flight HA482 will depart PPT at 11:30 p.m. the same evening and arrive into HNL at 5:15 a.m. the following day.

Meanwhile the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (N780HA) has been painted by Boeing at North Charleston, SC site pending delivery.

Looking back: A photo from the past:

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Aenium and Pangea form AM rocket propulsion agreement



Aenium and Pangea form AM rocket propulsion agreement

Pangea Aerospace, a company developing efficient and modern rocket engines to tackle the challenges of a transforming space industry, and Aenium, a company specialised in metal additive manufacturing technologies and material science, have sealed an industrial partnership for the development and industrialisation of advanced combustion devices focused on advanced 3D printed processes and materials.

The agreement formalised between both companies ensures a breakthrough in engineering complex combustion devices and drives the analysis of different types of advanced super alloys so far untreated for the most demanding applications within the space sector.

Pangea assigns the R&D, manufacturing and industrialisation of their new Aerospike demonstrator to their consortium for achieving a successful hot-fire test by the end of 2021. Aenium research, develop, qualify the new supper-alloys and industrialise the propulsion components through their innovative in-house material science capabilities and additive manufacturing industrial plant designing on-demand metallurgy inside the propulsion components achieving the most advanced thermo-mechanical behaviours.

In addition, the partnership will also bring to the EU market the first GRCop 42 industrialised unit to enable other space companies to access the most advanced propulsion solutions through additive manufacturing.

“Aenium is the perfect partner to advance quicker into our roadmap, and we are very excited to sign an agreement with a cutting-edge additive manufacturing start-up like them,” stated Adrià Argemi, CEO of Pangea Aerospace. “The agreement with Aenium goes beyond shared exclusive capabilities on GRCop42 in Europe, a copper material specifically developed for rocket engines.

“Aenium also brings an unmatched expertise and R&D capability in processes and materials. GRCop42 based alloys are one of the key solutions that allow us to solve the thermal challenges of an aerospike nozzle rocket engines. We are now ready to offer this unique capability to all the European aerospace sector.”

GRCop-42 is a high conductivity, high-strength alloy for use in high heat flux applications such as liquid rocket engines and other combustion devices. This NASA-developed copper-chrome-niobium alloy was developed for harsh environments specific to regeneratively-cooled combustion chambers and nozzles with good oxidation resistance.

Aerospike engine can radically transform space propulsion thanks to its higher efficiency (up to 15% than currently used rocket engines), reusability capabilities and very low-cost and rapid manufacturing. The company is currently manufacturing DemoP1 and will perform a hot-fire campaign in Q3 2021.

DemoP1 is a liquid oxygen and methane aerospike engine demonstrator designed to characterise and validate several key enabling technologies for future aerospike developments: the use of methane as a fuel, its manufacturing methodology, developed together with Aenium, a dual regenerative cooling system – exploiting both propellants to cool it down- and the design for reusability.

Several aerospike engines have been developed or conceptualised in history (J-2T, XRS-2200 and RS-2200) but none has ever flown. This is due to the engineering difficulties historically linked with aerospike nozzles: cooling and manufacturing. Now, additive manufacturing (AM) techniques and new materials, such as GrCop42 are enhancing the possibility to build a functional and economically viable aerospike engine at a fraction of the cost and time. The holy grail of propulsion is closer thanks to this agreement between Pangea Aerospace and Aenium.

New material science approach is now available based on rapid cooled microstructures and complex precipitated intermetallic elements achieving on-demand microstructures and thermomechanical properties driven by the LASER algorithms.

Pangea Aerospace has already started the preliminary design of its larger, commercially ready aerospike engine and its subsystems, that will benefit from this collaboration.

The agreement opens the door to a common service between Pangea Aerospace and Aenium for the European aerospace sector to access cutting edge materials. Aenium brings its expertise in material science and additive manufacturing process and Pangea Aerospace brings its expertise in propulsion system designs.

“This alliance will propel the next generation of reusable rocket engines, also bringing the opportunity to the EU market to improve their combustion devices with the most innovative material science and qualified industrial additive manufacturing,” stated Miguel Ampudia, CIO of Aenium.


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Airbus Has Just 3 A380s Left To Deliver



Emirates took delivery of its 120th Airbus A380 aircraft on Friday. The aircraft’s delivery means that we are one step closer to the end of the Airbus A380 program, with just three of the giant aircraft left to be delivered by the European aerospace giant.

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Airbus has just three Airbus A380s left to deliver. Photo: Getty Images

While the Airbus A380 was already on its way out the door well before the aviation industry’s crisis, the current situation has done no favors for the giant of the skies. For many airlines, it may have been a boon that no further A380 deliveries were scheduled. However, this is not the case for Emirates who is happy to take delivery of its remaining orders.

Only three deliveries left

On Friday, Emirates took delivery of its 120th Airbus A380 registered as A6-EVO. The jet, with the serial number 268, took its first flight on October 1st, 2020. According to data from, this makes the aircraft 0.72 years old.

Emirates President Sir Tim Clark previously revealed that two aircraft would be delivered this year, with the final three to come next year. As we’ve now seen the second delivery of 2021, it will be a wait before more aircraft arrive. According to, the following aircraft deliveries are to be expected,

  • A6-EVQ – MSN 270 – January 2022
  • A6-EVR – MSN 271 – March 2022
  • A6-EVS – MSN 272 – May 2022
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All three outstanding Airbus A380s are bound for Emirates. Photo: Getty Images

More premium economy for Emirates

Every Airbus A380 delivered this year has been accompanied by a bonus for the airline’s passengers. Late last year, Emirates decided to launch a premium economy cabin, bridging the economy and business class gap.

So far, Emirates is yet to retrofit the new cabin to any of its existing double-decker giants. As such, we’ve had to wait for new aircraft deliveries to increase the likelihood of a passenger finding the new cabin. To date, three aircraft have the cabin, equating to 168 seats. With an average age of seven years, the airline’s A380 fleet has a total capacity of roughly 62,000, according to

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How many Airbus A380s are Emirates flying?

According to, 22 aircraft are currently active in the Emirates fleet. This excludes the latest jet just delivered, which is yet to enter service. According to data from the aerospace analysts Cirium, the Dubai airline is scheduled to operate 654 A380 flights in June, with some 327,696 seats on offer. This is expected to increase to 1,089 flights next month, with 534,681 seats on offer.

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Emirates has 11 Airbus A380 routes planned for June. Photo: Cirium

Cairo should see 60 A380 flights this month, two per day. Despite the UAE’s continuing red list status in the UK, London Heathrow will see more A380 flights than most, with 43 on the schedule. The airline’s Manchester A380 plans didn’t last long, with just four flights with the giant planned at the start of the month.

How do you feel about the impending end of the Airbus A380 program? Let us know what you think and why in the comments below.

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Boeing’s largest 737 MAX plane has taken to the skies



Boeing’s 737-10, the largest airplane in the 737 MAX family, has completed a successful first flight as it begins testing.

“The airplane performed beautifully,” said 737 chief pilot capt. Jennifer Henderson. “The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane’s systems, flight controls and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected.”

Today’s flight was the start of a comprehensive test programme for the 737-10. Boeing will work closely with regulators to certify the plane prior to its scheduled entry into service in 2023.

“The 737-10 is an important part of our customers’ fleet plans, giving them more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our team is committed to delivering an airplane with the highest quality and reliability.”

The 737-10 can carry up to 230 passengers. It also incorporates environmental improvements, cutting carbon emissions by 14% and reducing noise by 50 percent compared to today’s Next-Generation 737s.


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