Category Archives: Frontier Airlines (2nd)

Frontier Airlines to establish a new crew base in Tampa and future plans to establish Atlanta base

Frontier Airlines will establish a crew base at Tampa International Airport (TPA) opening in May 2021. Approximately 250 flight attendants and 140 pilots will be based at TPA this year with that number expected to increase in the future. Additionally, the airline announced its intention to open a crew base at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in late 2021.

“With our low-cost structure and focus on leisure travel, Frontier is exceptionally well positioned to increase operations this year and continue to expand in these two growing markets,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO, Frontier Airlines. “We anticipate that nearly 400 Frontier crew members will be based in Tampa by the end of 2021. Atlanta is also on the radar for later this year and those details will become more solidified as things progress.”

Both markets have become increasingly important destinations for Frontier with anticipated growth in routes in and out of those cities during the course of 2021. Frontier currently offers nearly 20 nonstop routes from Tampa International Airport and more than 15 nonstop options from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with a wide range of additional flight connection opportunities within Frontier’s domestic and international network.

CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST TAILS!We are happy to welcome our newest members to the Frontier family: Cruz the Island FoxChinook the Gray Wolf, and Watson the Key Deer. Learn more about them and our other animal friends.

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Frontier Airlines unveils new 30 percent lighter seat design

Frontier Airlines has unveiled details of its latest action to reduce the company’s environmental footprint with a new aircraft seat design that will feature a 30 percent weight reduction over existing seats. The seats are the latest measure in a variety of other innovative fuel savings initiatives from America’s Greenest Airline. The new seats will also offer extra comfort and larger tray tables versus earlier designs.

The new seats will be featured on 156 Airbus aircraft currently on order and scheduled for delivery beginning in March 2021. The seats are part of a major deal between Recaro Aircraft Seating, part of Germany’s world-renowned seat design and manufacturing company Recaro Group, and Indigo Partners, which owns a portfolio of airlines including Frontier.

On an average Airbus A321 aircraft, the fuel savings equates to 31,683 gallons per year. Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency equivalency calculators, the fuel savings provided by the new seats across the 156 aircraft over the course of a year is equal to the elimination of approximately 642 million plastic bottles, or more than 1.1 billion plastic bags, or more than 15 billion plastic straws from the environment.

Frontier 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.

The order encompasses approximately 32,600 seats installed on Frontier aircraft. The new Recaro seats are expected to begin rolling out with the delivery of an A320neo in March 2021 with implementation completed by mid-2027.

In other news, Frontier Airlines has announced that Rocky the Owl, who captured hearts around the world when the diminutive bird was discovered in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, will be featured on a new Frontier aircraft tail, joining more than 100 other animal tails in the Frontier fleet.

The A320neo aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2021. All Frontier Airlines planes feature animals on their tails, many of which represent endangered species. From Chinook, the Gray Wolf and Wellington the Black-Footed Ferret to Cortez the Green Turtle and the iconic Grizwald the Bear, Frontier’s animal tails are popular with kids and adults, alike.

Rocky, the northern saw-whet owl, was discovered in the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce destined for Rockefeller Center after the tree was cut down on November 12. The bird was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York, for rehabilitation and released back into the wild on Tuesday, November 24.

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Frontier Airlines announces 19 nonstop routes and 3 new destinations

Frontier Airlines today announced 19 nonstop routes and three new destinations: Cozumel, Mexico; Oakland, California; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The announcement includes new coast-to-coast routes from the convenience of Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT), nonstop flights between popular west coast destinations and seven new routes from Orlando.

New routes from Denver International Airport (DEN):

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Cozumel International Airport (CZM)

Feb. 13, 2021

1x Weekly

$99*

Saturday

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Feb. 4, 2021

4x Weekly / Daily Beginning March 11, 2021

$29*

Monday, Thursday

Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR)

Feb. 11, 2021

2x Weekly

$99*

Thursday, Sunday

New routes from Oakland International Airport (OAK):

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Denver International Airport (DEN)

Feb. 4, 2021

4x Weekly / Daily Beginning March 11, 2021

$29*

Monday, Thursday

McCarran International Airport (LAS)

Feb. 5, 2021

2x Weekly / 4x Weekly Beginning March 11, 2021

$19*

Monday

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Feb. 5, 2021

2x Weekly / 4x Weekly Beginning March 11, 2021

$19*

Monday

New routes from Ontario International Airport (ONT):

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Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

May 13, 2021

4x Weekly

$44*

Monday, Thursday

McCarran International Airport (LAS)

Feb. 11, 2021

4x Weekly

$19*

Monday, Thursday

Miami International Airport (MIA)

April 12, 2021

4x Weekly

$89*

Monday, Thursday

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Feb. 11, 2021

4x Weekly

$89*

Monday, Thursday

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Feb. 11, 2021

2x Weekly / 4x Weekly Beginning March 11, 2020

$19*

Thursday

Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

March 12, 2021

2 Weekly / 4x Weekly Beginning May 10, 2021

$19*

Monday

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

March 11, 2021

2x Weekly / 4x Weekly Beginning May 13, 2021

$19*

Thursday

New routes from Orlando International Airport (MCO):

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Cancún International Airport (CUN)

Feb. 11, 2021

4x Weekly

$89*

Monday, Thursday

Cyril E. King Airport / St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT)

Feb. 19, 2021

2x Weekly

$59*

Monday, Friday

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Feb. 11, 2021

Daily

$19*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

New Castle Airport, Delaware (ILG)

Feb. 11, 2021

3x Weekly

$19*

Tuesday, Thursday

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Feb. 11, 2021

4x Weekly

$89*

Monday, Thursday

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

Feb. 11, 2021

2x Weekly

$79*

Thursday, Sunday

Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ)

Feb. 11, 2021

2x Weekly

$99*

Thursday, Sunday

New routes from Sacramento International Airport (SMF):

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Ontario International Airport (ONT)

March 12, 2021

2x Weekly / 4x Weekly May 10, 2021

$19*

Monday

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Feb. 11, 2021

2x Weekly / 4x Weekly Beginning March 11, 2021

$19*

Thursday

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Frontier CEO says CDC should update coronavirus travel advice

From USA Today:

Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle (above) has called on the CDC to update its advice of flying during the COVID-19 pandemic according to a report by USA Today.

The airline also stated it has received only 27 requests from the CDS since January for contact tracing.

Read the full report.

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In related news, Frontier Airlines on July 29 welcomed the 100th aircraft to its all-Airbus fleet, an A320neo (N369FR) assembled in Mobile, Alabama, featuring ‘Chinook the Gray Wolf’ on the tail with a distinctive starry night backdrop.

“Taking delivery of the 100th Airbus aircraft in our fleet marks a tremendous milestone for our company,” said Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines. “We have significantly expanded our fleet in recent years as Frontier has continued to grow both domestically and internationally.” Biffle noted that Frontier operates the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S. and has been an industry leader in sustainability initiatives and carbon reduction.

The Airbus A320neo (new engine option) is the latest enhancement to the A320 family offering greater fuel efficiency and noise reduction, compared to previous models. Frontier currently has a total of 160 additional Airbus aircraft on order, scheduled for delivery between now and 2027.

The aircraft’s namesake, ‘Chinook the Gray Wolf,’ was a female wolf-dog hybrid that was rescued in 1993 hours before she was to be put down because of the ‘wolf-hybrid’ label. The wolf’s rescue became the impetus for the creation of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, located in Divide, Colorado. Chinook passed away in 2007, but her legacy continues to drive awareness and conservation efforts for the species.

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Frontier Airlines to implement airport temperature screenings effective June 1, 2020

Frontier Airlines has announced it will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members prior to boarding flights, effective June 1, 2020. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be denied boarding. Additionally, effective tomorrow, May 8, passengers will be required to wear face coverings on all flights, as previously announced in late April.

“The health and safety of everyone flying Frontier is paramount and temperature screenings add an additional layer of protection for everyone onboard,” said Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle. “This new step during the boarding process, coupled with face coverings and elevated disinfection procedures, will serve to provide Frontier customers an assurance that their well-being is our foremost priority and we are taking every measure to help them travel comfortably and safely.”

Customers will be screened via touchless thermometers prior to boarding. If a customer’s temperature reading is 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be given time to rest, if the flight departure time allows, before receiving a second check. If the second check is 100.4 degrees or higher, a Frontier gate agent will explain to the customer that they will not be flying that day for the health and safety of others. Frontier will work with that customer to rebook travel on a later date or otherwise accommodate the traveler’s preferences with respect to their reservation.

Additionally, all Frontier airport team members will be held to the same standard and not be allowed to work if their temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher at the start of their shift. Frontier will not maintain a record of the temperatures of passengers or team members.

Biffle noted that the company believes passengers should be screened as they are entering an airport and the Transportation Security Administration and airport authorities may be working to lay that groundwork. In the meantime, Frontier intends to conduct its own temperature screenings until such a plan is put in place.

The airline updated its boarding procedures in April to board passengers from the rear of the aircraft to the front and to encourage six feet of separation between passengers during the boarding process.

Additionally, in April, Frontier announced sweeping enhancements to improve the health and safety of every step of a customer’s travel journey with the airline. Beginning with a health acknowledgement prior to completing check-in via the company’s website or mobile app, passengers are required to confirm that:

  • Neither they nor anyone in their household has exhibited Covid-19 related symptoms in the last 14 days
  • They will check their temperature before heading to the airport and not travel if they have a fever
  • They will wash their hands/sanitize before boarding the flight
  • They understand and acknowledge the airline’s face covering policy

Frontier also introduced a fogging disinfectant to its already stringent aircraft cleaning and sanitation protocols, which provides a safe, certified disinfecting solution proven to be effective against many viruses, including coronavirus. The fogging includes virtually every surface in the passenger cabin. Planes are wiped down every night with additional disinfectant, as well.

During flight, main cabin air is a mix of fresh air drawn from outside and air that has been passed through an air filtration system that features HEPA filters capable of capturing respiratory virus particles at more than 99.7% efficiency – similar to those used in hospital environments. Frontier’s modern all-Airbus fleet is among the youngest in the world – all aircraft currently in operation are less than four years old.

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Frontier Airlines introduces aircraft fogging and customer health acknowledgements

Frontier Airlines has introduced a highly effective fogging disinfection solution across its fleet and has implemented a new step in the check-in process that requires passengers to acknowledge and certify that they meet certain health-related requirements for travel. The company has also implemented a program to help facilitate social distancing on aircraft.

“We are strongly focused on implementing a variety of new processes and procedures that will further elevate our already stringent practices for sanitizing our aircraft and keeping our passengers healthy during travel,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO of Frontier Airlines. “These efforts demonstrate our very strong commitment to our customers and team members. We want travelers to feel the same level of confidence onboard our aircraft as they do in their homes,” said Biffle.

New Aircraft Fogging Disinfection

The company recently implemented a new fogging disinfectant on board its aircraft that administers a safe, certified disinfecting solution proven to be effective against many viruses and diseases, including coronavirus. The fogging includes virtually every surface in the passenger cabin and the treatment is effective in killing viruses for up to 10 days. Planes are wiped down every night with disinfectant, as well.

New Health Acknowledgement at Check-In

Earlier this week, Frontier implemented a new program that requires passengers to accept a health acknowledgement prior to completing check-in via the company’s website or mobile app. Passengers are required to certify that:

  • Neither they nor anyone in their household has exhibited COVID19-related symptoms in the last 14 days
  • They will check their temperature before heading to the airport and not travel if they have a fever
  • They will wash their hands/sanitize before boarding the flight

All flight crews are operating under the same parameters.

Passenger Distancing on Aircraft

To support social distancing for those who need to travel in the coming weeks, the airline has undertaken measures to separate passengers by blocking every other row on its aircraft on flights departing through the first week of May.

Earlier this year, Frontier significantly amplified its cleaning protocols, overall, in response to the global spread of COVID-19. Aircraft receive thorough cleaning of customer touchpoints between flights and overnight, along with regular fogging treatments. During flight, main cabin air is a mix of fresh air drawn from outside and air that has been passed through an air filtration system that features HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters capable of capturing respiratory virus particles at more than 99.7% efficiency — similar to those used in hospital environments.

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Frontier announces new routes to Ontario and Phoenix

Frontier Airlines (2nd) has announced new service from Seattle/Tacoma to Ontario International Airport. This service marks six new (Miami, Las Vegas, Newark, San Salvador, Guatemala City, and Seattle) ONT routes, with Frontier, that will begin this spring and summer.

Frontier also announced new daily service from Phoenix to Los Angeles (LAX) and Mineta San Jose International Airport. This makes for a total of 17 cities Frontier serves out of Phoenix.

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Frontier expands at Philadelphia, will return to Wilmington, DE

Frontier Airlines has announced the expansion of service at Philadelphia International Airport with three new nonstop routes to Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.

With the addition of these new routes, Frontier will offer 24 nonstop options from PHL and serve 13 of the 15 largest domestic markets from Philadelphia, including the only nonstop, ultra-low-cost flights to Boston and Chicago.

In other news, Frontier will restore seasonal service to Wilmington, Delaware on May 14, 2020 with service to Orlando three days a week.

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Frontier Airlines announces 25 new routes, including service to Central America, new crew base in Miami

Frontier Airlines today announces 25 nonstop routes, including its return to Central America with flights to Guatemala City and San Salvador.

The carrier is also adding service to two new destinations in the Dominican Republic: Santiago and Santo Domingo.

In addition, the airline introduced plans for a crew base in Miami.

Opening in March 2020, Frontier’s newest base in Miami will grow to more than 100 flight attendants and 30 pilots within the first three months. The base will create new jobs in Miami for pilots and flight attendants, contributing to the area’s economic growth. In addition, Frontier’s base commitment in South Florida will allow for additional flexibility scheduling flights and increased reliability.

New routes from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI):

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El Salvador International Airport (SAL)

June 18, 2020

Daily

$79*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Miami International Airport (MIA)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$39*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

San Juan Airport (SJU)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$69*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

New routes from Miami International Airport (MIA):

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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

April 23, 2020

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

$49*

Tuesday, Thursday

Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$39*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

El Salvador International Airport (SAL)

June 18, 2020

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

$59*

Tuesday, Thursday

Guatemala City

La Aurora International Airport (GUA)

May 10, 2020

Daily then

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday effective June 18, 2020

$59*

Wednesday

Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP)

May 10, 2020

Daily

$49*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$69*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$89*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN)

April 23, 2020

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

$49*

Tuesday, Thursday

New routes from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR):

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Cancun International Airport (CUN)

March 10, 2020

Daily

$89*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$39*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Denver International Airport (DEN)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$59*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$59*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$79*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$29*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

March 10, 2020

Daily

$49*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Santiago de los Caballeros Cibao International Airport (STI)

May 28, 2020

Daily

$89*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ)

March 10, 2020

Daily

$89*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

New routes from Ontario International Airport (ONT):

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El Salvador International Airport (SAL)

June 18, 2020

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

$89*

Tuesday, Thursday

McCarran International Airport (LAS)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$29*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Miami International Airport (MIA)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$69*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

La Aurora International Airport (GUA)

May 10, 2020

Daily, then Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday effective June 18, 2020

$89*

Wednesday

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$79*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

New routes to San Juan Airport (SJU):

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Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$69*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$59*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

May 15, 2020

Daily

$79*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ)

April 23, 2020

Daily

$69*

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Frontier operates over 90 A320 family aircraft and has the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S.

With over 150 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America.

Trans States Airlines and Frontier Airlines announce flow program for aircraft maintenance technicians

Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N844HK (msn 14500838) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 948219.

Trans States Airlines made this announcement:

Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) at Trans States Airlines now have a defined pathway to a guaranteed job at Frontier Airlines.  A new program launched by the two airlines guarantees AMTs at Trans States an AMT position at Frontier after as little as three years of service with Trans States.

AMTs, who are also known as Aircraft Mechanics, are critical to an airline’s safety and performance.  This program comes amid an industry-wide shortage of qualified AMTs, with not enough new AMTs entering the field to meet increased demand and replace forecasted retirements.

While the nationwide pilot shortage gave rise to numerous programs for regional airline pilots that facilitate the transition to major airlines, this program is the first of its kind for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.

“While the pilot shortage may get the most press, the AMT shortage is real and it is here,” said Brian Randow, Chief Operating Officer at Trans States Airlines.  “In this competitive hiring environment, we must find ways to attract talented AMTs to our airline.  A guaranteed job with a top airline like Frontier is a tremendous incentive to join our team, and it’s something that no other airline can offer.”

“As an industry, we must continue to find creative opportunities to meet current demand, but also ensure that the next generation of aviators is stronger and more robust than it is today,” added Matt Wright, Director of Maintenance at Trans States.  “This program, in conjunction with the Trans States Apprentice program for aspiring AMTs, provides a clear and defined career path from high school to retirement, and will be instrumental in achieving those goals.”

“With the limited number of Aircraft Mechanics currently entering the field, this new program, the first in the industry, will allow us to hire experienced AMT’s through a more streamlined process. As we [Frontier Airlines] continue to grow and expand our network, there’s never been a better time to join Frontier, America’s fastest-growing and Greenest Airline,” said Trevor Stedke, Senior Vice President of Operations for Frontier Airlines.

Other recent Trans States initiatives to attract qualified AMTs include a new program targeted at military aircraft mechanics that funds the costs of civilian licensing requirements, as well as a signing bonus of up to $15,000.  Hourly pay for Trans States AMTs is among the highest in the regional airline industry and includes up to $5,000 in annual retention benefits.  Trans States was also the first regional airline to launch a paid apprentice program for aspiring AMTs.

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