Frontier Airlines Announces Order for New Aircraft
Frontier Airlines announced today an aircraft order that will see its fleet size almost double over the next five years from 56 to 101 aircraft. These new aircraft will allow Frontier to grow in new markets, reduce its operating and fuel costs as well as provide operational enhancements and increased reliability. Frontier will begin taking delivery of these new aircraft in early 2016.
This new order will also help Frontier enhance its ongoing fleet renewal program that will replace older aircraft with newer, more fuel-efficient ones. Under the agreement with partner, Airbus, Frontier has placed a firm order for 10 Airbus A321 and two A320 aircraft. Currently, Frontier has 89 orders for aircraft in the A320 family bringing the total number of aircraft on order to 101.
“This announcement paves the way for us to grow, modernize and renew our fleet while helping us build a strong foundation for the future,” said Barry Biffle, president - Frontier Airlines. “We remain focused on our Low Fares Done Right business model for long-term success, and we look forward to working with Airbus to achieve it.”
The new aircraft will also feature Frontier’s slim-line seats, the widest economy seats in the U.S. domestic airline industry. The A320s will be fitted with 186 seats, and the A321s will be fitted with 230 seats.
“With every flight of an Airbus aircraft, our customers gather feedback from their passengers and employees, and those customers become repeat customers when they realize the A320 Family optimizes every aspect an aircraft has to offer,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief.
FRONTIER AIRLINES ORDERS NEW AIRCRAFT
June 2, 2015: Operating officer - customers. “As we have continued to evolve the efficiency of each of our aircraft families, customers such as Frontier have been paying attention, and know that growing their Airbus fleet is the best investment in their future.”
An exclusive Airbus customer, Frontier’s A320 family features cabin interiors with increased overhead storage, reduced noise and ambient lighting options.
With this new order, Frontier will have one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the U.S. airline industry. All 12 aircraft will feature two CFM56-5B engines from CFM International. Each of the newly ordered aircraft will feature lightweight composite Sharklets, 94 inch tall wing-tip devices that provide a fuel consumption reduction of up to 4 percent, plus either a range extension of 100 nautical miles or increased payload of up to 992 pounds. These new aircraft will replace older-model A319s.
Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: ULCC) is committed to “Low Fares Done Right.” Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company operates 110 A320 family aircraft and has the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S. The use of these aircraft, Frontier’s seating configuration, weight-saving tactics and baggage process have all contributed to the airline’s average of 43 percent fuel savings compared to other U.S. airlines (fuel savings is based on Frontier Airlines’ 2019 fuel consumption per seat-mile compared to the weighted average of major U.S. airlines), which makes Frontier the most fuel-efficient U.S. airline. Frontier is also committed to families enabling children 14 years and younger to fly free through the airline’s Discount Den travel club on qualifying flights. With more than 230 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America.