Frontier Airlines to Add 18 Airbus A321XLR Aircraft to its Fleet
DENVER. June 19, 2019 – Today, Frontier Airlines announces its intent to convert 18 Airbus A320neo family aircraft on order to 18 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. The A321XLR is Airbus’ newest addition to the A320 family of aircraft and is the longest-range single-aisle aircraft, with unsurpassed fuel efficiency.
“Today’s announcement marks another milestone in Frontier’s tremendous growth story,” said Barry Biffle, President and CEO of Frontier Airlines. “Our long-standing relationship with Airbus has made Frontier America’s most fuel-efficient airline, with the youngest fleet in the U.S. The A321XLR will enable Frontier to offer coast to coast service and explore exciting international and domestic opportunities, such as Hawaii, while continuing to deliver ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to our customers.”
“Frontier is a leader in the Americas in offering value travel options, and the A321XLR seems a great fit for the airline’s philosophy of ‘Low Fares Done Right,’” said Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer. “The XLR’s long range and increased efficiency mean more route opportunities at lower operating costs for Frontier. We’re proud to provide the platform for their service!”
The addition of these aircraft to the fleet will allow Frontier to grow in new and existing markets and provide even more compelling low fares. It will further improve the carrier’s already industry-leading fuel efficiency and maintain the company’s status of having one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the U.S. Frontier expects to take delivery of its first A321XLR aircraft in 2024.
In 2017, Frontier’s owner, Indigo Partners, made history with the single-largest Airbus order ever made - a 430 aircraft order valued at $49.5 billion list price, of which Frontier will receive a total of 134 aircraft. Frontier currently has more than 175 Airbus A320 family aircraft on order.
Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: ULCC) is committed to “Low Fares Done Right.” Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company operates more than 100 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 approximately 140 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America.