October 24, 2019 / 3:20 PM / 24 days ago

Spirit says working with Airbus, trade representatives on tariff impact

CHICAGO, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Spirit Airlines said it is working with Airbus SE and trade representatives to mitigate the impact of U.S. tariffs on European-made aircraft but does not see a near term impact on its overall cost structure.

Speaking on a conference call, a Spirit executive said its remaining Airbus deliveries for 2019 and its first nine firm orders to be delivered by mid-2020 will come from Airbus’ factory in Mobile, Alabama, which is not subject to the tariffs.

The U.S. budget carrier unveiled on Wednesday a provisional deal to order 100 Airbus A320neo-family jets to be delivered through 2027, becoming the first U.S. airline to pick European planes since Washington imposed a 10% tariff. (Reporting by Tracy Rucinski)

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