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Overview: Spirit Airways A321 Huge Entrance Seat (FLL-AUS)

I lately spent a weekend in Austin, and I made a decision to fly Spirit Airways on the outbound. Whereas Spirit Airways is understood for being no frills, I’m fairly a fan of the airline, particularly should you strategy your journey in the precise approach.

On this publish I needed to assessment Spirit Airways’ Airbus A321 product, together with the Huge Entrance Seat, which is what I booked. Spirit Airways gives an throughout nice expertise, between the Huge Entrance Seat, excessive velocity Wi-Fi, and a really pleasant crew.

How I booked my Spirit Airways ticket

Spirit Airways is an extremely low price service, which means that the airline costs further for almost every part. My ticket price $87.14 together with taxes & charges (it might have been cheaper if I had booked on the airport), and I booked the next flight:

12/08 NK517 Fort Lauderdale to Austin departing 1:15PM arriving 3:21PM

On high of that, I paid $120 to assign the Huge Entrance Seat. Whereas the premium for reserving the Huge Entrance Seat has elevated considerably over time, I feel it’s nonetheless pretty priced, particularly when you think about that I spent over 3.5 hours in my seat.

On high of that, Spirit ordinarily costs for carry-ons and checked baggage. Nonetheless, I’ve Spirit Airways Gold standing (the Free Spirit program gives a standing match problem), so I obtain a complimentary full dimension carry-on bag, and even a checked bag. Due to this fact I wasn’t out of pocket for any further charges.

Spirit Airways check-in & boarding

My 1:15PM flight from Fort Lauderdale to Austin was scheduled to board at 12:30PM, so I acquired to the airport a bit earlier than 12PM. I had checked in on-line, and located Spirit’s app to be surprisingly nice. Spirit Airways departs from Terminal 4 at FLL, which might be one of the best terminal on the airport.

Fort Lauderdale Airport terminal

My flight was departing from gate G4, positioned towards the tip of the terminal. Boarding began proper on-time, with Zone 1 passengers being invited to board first (that features those that paid further for a carry-on).

Spirit Airways departure gate
Spirit Airways bag sizers

Spirit Airways A321 cabin & seats

My flight was operated by the Airbus A321 with the license plate N664NK, an almost seven 12 months previous jet. It’s value noting that the aircraft I used to be on had Spirit’s oldest interiors — the airline began putting in new seats in 2019, and plans on introducing all-new interiors once more as of early 2023. Throughout the board, the brand new seats appear to symbolize an enchancment over the previous product.

Spirit’s Airbus A321s function a complete of 228 seats. This consists of eight Huge Entrance Seats, after which 220 customary seats.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 cabin

Let’s first speak about the principle a part of the cabin. Normal economic system seating is in a 3-3 configuration, as you’d anticipate on a slender physique jet. Seat pitch on Spirit Airways begins at simply 28″, which on the floor is extremely tight.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 cabin

Whereas I didn’t have the possibility to really sit in these seats, dare I say that the legroom didn’t look that dangerous? That’s very true when you think about that the seats don’t recline, so nobody will additional encroach in your area.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 seats
Spirit Airways Airbus A321 cabin

Curiously the usual seats don’t have full dimension tray tables, however moderately have a lot smaller tables than you’ll usually discover. That shouldn’t be a problem when it comes to meals & drinks, given the restricted choice. That being mentioned, it’s not best if you wish to work on a laptop computer, or wish to watch leisure from a private gadget.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 seats

The Huge Entrance Seats are on the entrance of the cabin — there are a complete of eight of those seats, in a 2-2 configuration.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat cabin
Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat cabin

Huge Entrance Seats are similar to the primary class seats you’d discover on different airways inside america. The seats have 36″ of pitch, and really feel fairly spacious.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat cabin
Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat cabin

I assigned myself seat 1A, the window seat within the first row (it was the one one out there after I booked).

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat

The seats do have headrests, which makes them a bit extra snug when lounging round. I’d notice that the seats aren’t as effectively padded as what you’d in any other case discover in home first-class, because the seats are fairly skinny.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat headrest

In contrast to in the remainder of the cabin, Huge Entrance Seats have full dimension tray tables, which positive come in useful, particularly should you’re trying to work in your laptop computer.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat tray desk

Along with the tray desk, there was a middle console the place you could possibly place drinks or private belongings.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat heart console

Very like in the principle cabin, Spirit Huge Entrance Seats don’t recline (or as Spirit likes to phrase it, they’re pre-reclined).

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 Huge Entrance Seat no recline

The overhead console had particular person air nozzles in addition to studying lights.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 overhead console

Observe that there are not any energy shops on Spirit Airways planes, together with at Huge Entrance Seats.

Since this was an older fashion cabin, the overhead bins weren’t the bigger ones you’ll discover on many more recent Airbus jets. That ought to change over time, although frankly isn’t a problem a technique or one other on Spirit, since not that many individuals have carry-ons.

Spirit Airways Airbus A321 overhead bins

All-in-all, I discover the Spirit Huge Entrance Seat to be a cushty option to fly. The usual economic system seats additionally don’t look as dangerous as you may assume, based mostly on the 28″ of pitch.

Spirit Airways departure from Fort Lauderdale

The boarding course of was environment friendly, although did take fairly a while, as you’d anticipate for a full flight with 220+ passengers. The crew was pretty throughout boarding, greeting every passenger with a giant smile, and even inviting youngsters to go to the cockpit.

As longtime OMAAT readers will know, I’m a giant fan of fine airline boarding music, and Spirit Airways has a really good, calming monitor enjoying all through boarding. At 1:10PM the principle cabin door was closed, at which level the captain added his welcome aboard, informing us of our flight time of 2hr33min, and our cruising altitude of 36,000 ft.

After that, one of many flight attendants made her enthusiastic welcome aboard announcement, referring to herself as “the hostess with the mostest.” Lol. I really like how she continued that announcement — “whereas security is our precedence, service is our ardour.” What an superior angle. A couple of moments later the guide security demonstration was carried out.

We pushed again from the gate shortly after 1:10PM.

Pushing again from gate Fort Lauderdale Airport

We then began our taxi at 1:15PM, and had a reasonably brief journey to runway 10R. There we needed to maintain brief for a couple of minutes, each as a Spirit A321 to Houston took off, and as one other jet landed.

Taxiing Fort Lauderdale Airport

By 1:25PM we have been cleared for takeoff. As normal, the views have been nice taking off into the east, out over the Atlantic, earlier than making a pointy flip.

Taking off Fort Lauderdale Airport
View after takeoff from gate Fort Lauderdale Airport
View after takeoff from gate Fort Lauderdale Airport
View after takeoff from gate Fort Lauderdale Airport
View after takeoff from gate Fort Lauderdale Airport

The seatbelt signal was turned off about 20 minutes after takeoff.

Spirit Airways excessive velocity Wi-Fi

Spirit Airways has executed a improbable job rolling out Wi-Fi all through most of its fleet, as each A320s and A321s now have Thales’ FlytLIVE Wi-Fi. There was even a decal by the boarding door about this, in addition to a pamphlet in my seatback.

Spirit Airways plane Wi-Fi decal
Spirit Airways Wi-Fi pamphlet

Connecting to Spirit’s Wi-Fi system was simple.

Spirit Airways Wi-Fi portal
Spirit Airways Wi-Fi portal

Spirit Airways’ Wi-Fi pricing is cheap, and ranges from $3.99-11.99 per flight for searching, and from $6.99-14.99 for streaming. On this flight, a searching go was out there for $6.99, whereas a streaming go was out there for $9.99.

Spirit Airways Wi-Fi pricing

Curiously despite the fact that Spirit costs for Wi-Fi, there’s nonetheless an advert you need to watch earlier than you’ll be able to entry Wi-Fi. I wouldn’t anticipate any much less from Spirit. 😉

Spirit Airways Wi-Fi advert

On the plus aspect, the Wi-Fi velocity was wonderful. It labored persistently all through the flight, with excessive speeds (in contrast to my return flight on Southwest, the place it was unusable).

Spirit Airways meals & drink choice

Spirit Airways costs further for all meals and drinks (besides cups of ice, which I suppose could possibly be a DIY strategy to having fun with complimentary water). You’ll find the complete menu beneath.

Spirit Airways meals & drink menu
Spirit Airways meals & drink menu
Spirit Airways meals & drink menu
Spirit Airways meals & drink menu

As you’ll be able to see, you’ll be able to both choose issues individually, or you should buy bundles. Additionally notice that Spirit Airways Gold members obtain a complimentary non-alcoholic drink and snack. You may choose from any gadgets with the Free Spirit (“S”) brand subsequent to them.

For my complimentary choice, I ordered a Food plan Coke and a few pretzel twists. I additionally determined to order the cheese tray, simply to take one for the workforce and report on Spirit’s most premium eating expertise. 😉

Spirit Airways meals & drinks

The cheese tray included sharp cheddar, smoked gouda, american cheese, crackers, dried apples, and cranberries. Humorous sufficient, Spirit appears to promote the identical cheese plate you’ll discover on Frontier.

Spirit Airways cheese plate

I used to be shocked that after I talked about to the flight attendant that I’m a Gold member (for the aim of getting the meals & drinks comped), he mentioned “thanks for your online business, I don’t assume I’ve ever executed one in all these earlier than” (referring to getting into the comp merchandise into the pill for elite members). I suppose Spirit doesn’t have that many elite members, heh.

Spirit Airways A321 bathrooms

Spirit has solely three bathrooms on its A321s, which isn’t an incredible ratio. One was on the entrance of the cabin, whereas two have been within the again. Regardless of the restricted variety of bathrooms, there weren’t persistently traces to make use of the ahead bathroom. I suppose if meals & drinks are solely out there for buy, individuals don’t have to make use of the toilet as a lot.

On the plus aspect, the toilet was fairly clear, and folks appeared to have fairly good lavatory etiquette (in contrast to on my Frontier flight some time again).

Spirit Airways A321 bathroom

Spirit Airways service

The 5 Spirit Airways flight attendants on this flight have been actually exceptionally skilled. I’ve typically discovered that Spirit has nice workers, and this flight was no exception. I wrote about this in a bit extra element in a separate publish, however they have been skilled, enjoyable, entertaining, and nice ambassadors for the airline. If solely the typical crew at a legacy airline have been nearly as good as these 5…

Spirit Airways arrival in Austin

Somewhat over two hours after departing Fort Lauderdale, we started our descent towards Austin. The seatbelt signal was turned on round 5 minutes after that. It was a principally easy descent, although we did hit some bumps towards the tip of the strategy, as we handed by some thick clouds.

View approaching Austin Airport
View approaching Austin Airport
View approaching Austin Airport
View approaching Austin Airport
View approaching Austin Airport

We touched down in Austin at 2:55PM. From there we had a roughly 5 minute taxi to our arrival gate, after which it took one other 5 minutes for the door to open, so we have been nonetheless there effectively forward of schedule.

Taxiing Austin Airport

Backside line

I had a improbable Spirit Airways flight, and wouldn’t hesitate to fly with the airline once more. Extremely low price carriers deliver priceless competitors to the market, and Spirit is my favourite of those airways. I really like how Spirit has excessive velocity Wi-Fi, the Huge Entrance Seat, and an incredible frequent flyer program. On high of that, I had an superior crew on this flight, which at all times makes a flight higher — it’s good to be round individuals who take pleasure in their jobs.

Whereas as a Miami resident I nonetheless choose flying American out of Miami, I’ll gladly fly Spirit once more when the schedule or route is the best choice.

In the event you’ve flown the Spirit Huge Entrance Seat, what was your expertise like?

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