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Indigo Partners doubles existing A320neo Family order

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Airbus, Indigo Partners’ four portfolio airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase by the four airlines of 430 additional A320neo Family aircraft. The aircraft will be allocated among the ultra low-cost airlines Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary) upon the completion of final purchase agreements between Airbus and the four airlines.

The 430-aircraft commitment, comprised of 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos worth $49.5 billion at list prices, was announced at the Dubai Airshow by Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners, and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. When added to existing Airbus A320 Family orders, the new agreement will make Indigo Partners one of the largest customers by order number in the world for the Airbus single-aisle aircraft family. Airlines in the Indigo Partners family previously have placed orders for 427 A320 Family aircraft.

Also present at the announcement were Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris; Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines; Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSMART; and József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air. They confirmed their firm’s individual aircraft orders as follows:

  • Wizz – 72 A320neo, 74 A321neo
  • Frontier – 100 A320neo, 34 A321neo
  • JetSMART – 56 A320neo, 14 A321neo
  • Volaris – 46 A320neo, 34 A321neo

Indigo Partners’ Bill Franke indicated that engine selections will be made and announced at a later date.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver 20 percent fuel savings by 2020.  With more than 5,200 orders received from 95 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent market share.

Indigo Partners LLC, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a private equity fund focused on worldwide investments in air transportation.

In conjunction with this announcement, Frontier Airlines issued this statement:

Frontier Airlines on November 15, 2017 announced its intent to order 134 A320neo Family aircraft from Airbus, which will triple the size of the low-cost carrier over the next 10 years. Valued at a list price of more than $15 billion, this announcement grows Frontier’s order book to more than 200 aircraft and means more than five thousand new, highly skilled jobs for the U.S. These aircraft are part of the single largest Airbus order announcement ever made – a 430 aircraft order valued at a $49.5 billion list price by Indigo Partners, Frontier’s owner.

 

This new 134 aircraft order is comprised of 100 A320neo and 34 A321neo aircraft. The A321neo will be a new compliment to the carrier’s existing fuel-efficient A321 family fleet. The addition of these aircraft to the fleet will allow Frontier to grow in new and existing markets, provide even more compelling low fares, 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. The 134 aircraft order announced today will be delivered between 2021 and 2026.

In addition, in 2018 Frontier will start taking delivery of aircraft from Airbus’ U.S.-based Mobile, Ala. production facility.

Additionally, Frontier has also converted its remaining 18 A319neo orders to the A320neo aircraft. The airline currently has 67 A320neo aircraft on order.

This new order will allow Frontier to continue its focus on achieving the lowest costs in the U.S. airline industry and utilizing these savings to lower fares. Earlier this year, Frontier announced a network expansion that makes the carrier’s low fares accessible to 90 percent of Americans.

Photo: Airbus.

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Frontier announces nine additional routes connecting 13 cities

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Frontier Airlines issued this statement:

As a further expansion of its commitment to deliver low fares nationwide, low cost airline Frontier Airlines has announced nine more routes connecting 13 cities. This announcement comes just two months after the airline’s previous announcement of more than 80 new routes across the US, meaning the airline now serves more than 90 percent of American households. All routes are on sale, with new route fares as low as $39.

Departure City Arrival City Start Date
Atlanta to/from San Jose April 9, 2018
Austin to/from Cleveland April 9, 2018
Charleston to/from Chicago O’Hare May 11, 2018
Charleston to/from Philadelphia Feb. 20, 2018
Colorado Springs to/from San Antonio April 8, 2018
Colorado Springs to/from San Jose April 9, 2018
Colorado Springs to/from Minneapolis April 9, 2018
Colorado Springs to/from Seattle April 8, 2018
San Jose to/from Cincinnati April 8, 2018

These additional announcements come just two months after the carrier made the largest network expansion announcement in its history. In that announcement, the carrier introduced 21 new cities and 85 new routes. These previously announced routes are now on sale today. These announcements come as the carrier continues to deliver on their promise of providing Low Fares Done Right to more customers than ever before.

In addition to these new announcements, Frontier has extended its schedule through Aug. 11, 2018.

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A321-211 WL N711FR (msn 7184) (Polar Bear) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403406.

Frontier Airlines announces a major expansion to 21 new cities

"Weston, the Woodpecker", delivered on April 11, 2017

Frontier Airlines has announced a significant network expansion adding 21 new cities which will increase the number of destinations served by the low-fare carrier by 30 percent and double the number of total routes. By next spring, Frontier will offer low fares to 90 percent of the U.S. population, which is expected to bring more than $1 billion dollars in savings to consumers through lower airfares. To celebrate the announcement, Frontier is offering limited time fares from $39.

Highlights of the announcement include the following:

  • Twenty-one new cities (eight on sale today), about a 30 percent increase in cities to 82 cities
  • Eighty-five new routes
  • Nonstop routes nearly double by Summer of 2018 to 314
  • Total routes (including connections) grow to well over 1000 by Summer 2018 (more than double the current number of total routes)
  • Expansion of winter service to warm weather destinations with significant growth in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Fort Myers, Fla., and Cancun, Mexico

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N309FR (msn 7555) (Weston, the Woodpecker) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 937846.

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Frontier Airlines takes delivery of its first A320neo

The first Airbus A320neo for Frontier Airlines is delivered

Frontier Airlines, headquarters in Denver, Colorado (U.S.), took delivery on October 19, 2016 of its first Airbus A320neo. Frontier is the first U.S. airline to receive an A320neo with CFM engines, and the aircraft is the first of 80 A320neo Family aircraft the low-cost carrier has ordered. All of Frontier’s A320neo Family aircraft will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines.

Each of the Frontier’s A320neo Family aircraft will feature lightweight composite Sharklets, 2.4-meter/94-inch tall wing-tip devices and new CFM’s LEAP-1A engines providing operators with double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – with a 15 percent reduction upon entry into service.

In addition to the A320neo delivered today, Frontier currently operates a fleet of 64 Airbus aircraft, including 30 A319s, 24 A320s and 10 A321s. Their current backlog of Airbus aircraft is comprised of 18 A319neo, 2 A320ceo, 61 A320neo and 6 A321ceo.

Frontier took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in 2001 and has since transformed into an all-Airbus, all-A320 Family fleet, allowing the airline to optimize efficiency and economy by streamlining crew training and maintenance operations. The A320 Family also offers the most comfortable single-aisle cabin in the sky at a full seven inches wider than competing aircraft allowing for 18”-wide seats in comfort economy as standard.

Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWDA (N301FR) (msn 7141) (Wilbur, the Whitetail) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 933681.

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“Flo, the Flamingo”, Frontier’s second Airbus A320neo

"Flo, the Flamingo", Frontier's second Airbus A320neo

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBT (N302FR) (msn 7181) (Flo, the Flamingo) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 935120.

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Frontier launches career pilot program with Great Lakes Airlines and Silver Airways

Frontier launches career pilot program with Great Lakes Airlines and Silver Airways

Frontier Airlines has entered into pilot hiring partnerships with both Cheyenne, Wyoming-based Great Lakes Airlines and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-based Silver Airways as part of the Frontier Career Pilot Program, designed to remove many of the career uncertainties that pilots face as they begin their airline careers by guaranteeing pilots entering the Career Pilot Program a first officer position with Frontier upon completion of defined experience requirements.

Frontier plans to launch the Frontier Career Pilot Program this month.

Frontier will work with its new partners by recruiting and interviewing new pilot candidates for this new program.

Frontier will help its new partners interview and recruit new pilot candidates. Once selected, the pilot needs to remain employed by the regional airline, upgrade to captain and build at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time. Once these and other conditions are met such as dependability metrics and a letter of recommendation from the partner airline, Frontier will guarantee that the pilot will transition to Frontier as a first officer.

Pilots who currently fly for Great Lakes Airlines or Silver Airways also will be eligible and encouraged to participate in the Career Pilot Program. Depending on staffing needs at the regional airlines.

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 WL N228FR (msn 5526) (Orville, the red Cardinal) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 926942.

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Frontier Airlines to add 42 new routes

"Carl the Coyote"

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will add new nonstop service in 42 markets throughout the United States. This new service begins in April.

Following is a list of the new markets:

Two new cities from Austin, Texas

Frontier will add nonstop service between Austin and Orlando, Fla. (June 15) and Philadelphia (May 15). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Orlando will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Charlotte, N.C.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Charlotte and Chicago O’Hare and Orlando (both starting on April 15). Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Cincinnati

Frontier will add nonstop service between Cincinnati and Houston – IAH (April 15), Los Angeles (April 15), Philadelphia (May 13) and San Francisco (April 14). Flights to San Francisco will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Cleveland

Frontier will add nonstop service between Cleveland and Los Angeles (April 14); Philadelphia (April 15); Portland, Ore. (April 14) and San Francisco (April 15). Flights to Los Angeles and Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Houston – IAH

Frontier will add nonstop service between Houston and Atlanta (April 14) and Cincinnati (April 15). Flights to Atlanta will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Cincinnati will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Kansas City, Mo.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Kansas City and Atlanta (April 15), Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Philadelphia (June 2). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Milwaukee

Frontier will add nonstop service between Milwaukee and Atlanta (April 15), Dallas/Fort Worth (April 14) and Philadelphia (June 2). Flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Nashville, Tenn.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Nashville and Chicago O’Hare (April 14), Orlando (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 15). Flights to Orlando will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from New Orleans

Frontier will add nonstop service between New Orleans and Orlando (April 15) and Philadelphia (April 14). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Orlando will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Phoenix

Frontier will add nonstop service between Phoenix and Atlanta (April 15), Detroit (April 15), Portland, Ore. (June 30) and Seattle/Tacoma (June 29). Flights to Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Portland, Oregon

Frontier will add nonstop service between Portland and Chicago O’Hare (April 14), Cleveland (April 14) and Phoenix (June 29). Flights to Cleveland and Phoenix will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Chicago O’Hare will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Raleigh/Durham and Atlanta (April 15), Orlando (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 14). Flights to Orlando and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from St. Augustine, Florida

Frontier will add nonstop service between St. Augustine and Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 15). Flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Philadelphia will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Seattle/Tacoma

Frontier will add nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Phoenix (June 29). Flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Phoenix will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Other New Markets

Frontier will also add new nonstops in the following markets not previously mentioned: Atlanta – Memphis (April 14), Indianapolis – Philadelphia (April 14), Minneapolis/St. Paul – Chicago O’Hare (April 15), St. Louis – Atlanta (April 14), Dallas-Fort Worth – Orlando (April 16) and San Francisco – Atlanta (April 15).

Resumption of Seasonal Service

Service resumes in many markets including the following: Atlanta – Cincinnati, Cleveland – Phoenix, Cincinnati – Phoenix and Phoenix – Salt Lake City.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 N920FR (msn 1997), with Carl the Coyote on the tail, arrives in Washington (Dulles).

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