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New Frontier Airlines Plane Tail Will Feature the Costa Rican Two-Toed Sloth in Honor of Destination Partner Costa Rica
Consumers Invited to Help Name the Sloth Via Social Media
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – June 9, 2022 – Ultra-low fare carrier Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: ULCC) today unveiled details of a special new aircraft that will join the fleet next year featuring the Costa Rican two-toed sloth on its tail.
All Frontier plane tails feature a unique animal with a special name and back story. The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth was chosen to honor Frontier destination partner Costa Rica and highlight this unique species, which is native to Costa Rica. Frontier Airlines serves both San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica via nonstop service from Orlando.
“We are so pleased to honor our destination partner Costa Rica and highlight one of the unique and extraordinary sloth species that call Costa Rica home,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president of marketing, Frontier Airlines. “Our animal tails not only delight adults and children, alike, but they serve an important purpose in highlighting animal species, many of which are endangered. Some people come to Costa Rica just to see the sloths and our nonstop service from Orlando to both Liberia and San Jose, provides easy, affordable flight options for visitors, as well as for Costa Ricans to travel to the U.S.”
"We are beyond thrilled that Frontier Airlines chose the two-toed sloth to be featured on the tail of one of Frontier’s aircraft,” said Carolina Trejos, Director of Marketing for the Costa Rica Tourism Board. “The two-toed and three-fingered sloths were declared a national symbol of Costa Rican wildlife in 2021 and conserving the sloth population in Costa Rica remains our priority. We have been working hard to maintain our country’s biodiversity by creating conservation areas around the country, giving travelers the unique opportunity to enjoy more than 30 national parks, nine biological reserves, and 51 wildlife sanctuaries that are home to numbers of sloths. Celebrating this symbolic animal today warms our heart, and we will forever be thankful for this opportunity.”
The sloth needs a name and Frontier, in partnership with Visit Costa Rica, is inviting consumers to vote by going to Frontier’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter between now and 12 midnight on June 11 to vote using the hashtag #NameTheSloth. The three name choices are Manny, Tony and Tico. Manny and Tony are a nod to Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park, where sloths can be observed in the wild. Tico is a name used to refer to natives of Costa Rica.
Sloths are considered a national symbol of Costa Rica and the two-toed sloth is the larger of two sloth species found in the country. They are mostly nocturnal and can be distinguished by their white-ringed faces, brown snouts and shaggy coats. Sloths are mammals that spend around 90 percent of their lives upside down in the trees within rainforests and can live up to 30 years. Costa Rica is taking measures to ensure these unique creatures continue to thrive in their natural habitat.
About Costa Rica
Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica offers visitors an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates – meaning a trip to this Central American country is anything but run-of-the-mill. The country proudly shelters approximately five percent of the known biodiversity in the world and has become a global leader in sustainable practices. Visitors to Costa Rica enjoy a highly organized tourism infrastructure offering a broad terrain of activities and accommodations across large chains and boutique hotels. For more information, visit www.visitcostarica.com/en
About Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT)
Established in 1955, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (the ICT), alongside its partners in the private sector, spearheads the vital task of regulating and promoting Costa Rica’s extensive tourism offerings.
Frontier Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Frontier Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULCC), is committed to “Low Fares Done Right.” Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company operates more than 125 A320 family aircraft and has among the largest A320neo family fleet in the U.S. The use of these aircraft, along with Frontier’s high-density seating configuration and weight-saving initiatives, have contributed to Frontier’s continued ability to be the most fuel-efficient of all major U.S. carriers when measured by available seat miles (ASMs) per fuel gallon consumed. With more than 220 new Airbus planes on order, including direct leases, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America.