Spirit plans to buy a bunch of airplanes.

Spirit Airlines and Airbus said Tuesday they’ve signed a memo of understanding for Spirit to buy 75 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family – 30 of the current general and 45 of the A320 neo aircraft.

The airplanes would be delivered between 2016 and 2021. These airplanes are in addition to the 13 A319s and 20 A320s on firm order for delivery between now and the end of 2015.

Let’s assume that all the airplanes arrive – 108. That would quadruple Spirit’s size from the 35 airplanes in its fleet as of Sept. 30, 2011, to 143 airplanes.

JetBlue is stepping up its Fort Lauderdale growth

JetBlue Airways said Tuesday it plans to add two more daily round trips between Fort Lauderdale and San Juan, Puerto Rico, giving it six daily flights each direction.

It said the new flights will begin in May 2012. We take note because AirTran Airways said Sunday it will begin service between Fort Lauderdale and San Juan on May 24between two daily round trips.

JetBlue also said that it is the biggest airline operator in San Juan these days by capacity. That was a position held for a long time by American Airlines, which began a connecting hub there in November 1986, and which has been shrinking its footprint in recent years.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics says in the 12 months ended July 31, American carried 30.1 percent of the passengers at the San Juan airport, compared to 20.5 percent for JetBlue.

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