Spirit Goes for a Growth Spurt, Risking Profits and Angry Rivals

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Spirit Airlines plans to add 23 new Airbus jets to its fleet and expand service from some of the biggest U.S. cities over the next 17 months. All that growth has some analysts worried that Spirit may be biting off a big chunk in a short period—and possibly courting a competitive response from the industry’s deep-pocketed behemoths.

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