Frontier Names Gary Appling Vice President Technical Operations
Frontier Airlines today announced the appointment of Gary Appling as vice president, technical operations. In this position, Appling will oversee the carrier’s maintenance, repair and overhaul operation and will report directly to Bill Meehan, chief operating officer.
“In our commitment to run a dependable, reliable and safe airline, we are pleased to welcome Gary to our team,” Meehan said. “With Gary’s industry experience, we will continue to build one of the strongest leadership teams in the industry, and only continue to improve operationally.”
With more than 30 years of aviation experience, Appling brings a diverse background of technical operations, maintenance and purchasing. Most recently, Appling held a position with Mesa Air Group as senior vice president, maintenance and engineering.
Appling began his career with the United States Air Force as a jet engine technician and customer service agent. Since then he has held various positions in many areas of technical operation with various aviation companies including Mesa Air Group, Continental Airlines and Airborne Express.
“It is a great time to join Frontier, and I am excited to work with a company that is committed to operational excellence.” Appling said, “Frontier is positioned to grow over the next few years with its fleet renewal program, and has a great team committed to its Low Fares Done Right business model.”
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.