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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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All photos above by the airline.

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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.

All photos by Frontier Airlines.

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Frontier announces 15 nonstop routes from Newark Liberty International Airport

"O'Malley, the Mallard Duck", delivered on July 26, 2019

Frontier Airlines has announced new low-cost service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with 15 nonstop routes, including two international destinations: Cancun**, Mexico and Punta Cana**, Dominican Republic.

The new routes include the only low-cost, nonstop options from EWR to Cancun**, Mexico; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Miami; Punta Cana**, Dominican Republic; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C., and San Juan**.

In addition, Frontier will offer the only nonstop, cross-country option to Ontario, Calif., opening an affordable, convenient option for travel to the Los Angeles area.

Frontier’s flights from Newark will operate entirely outside the delay prone afternoon hours.

New routes from EWR beginning Nov. 14, 2019:

TO/FROM

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE:

McCarran International Airport (LAS)

Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Twice Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Daily

(Twice Daily eff. Dec. 10, 2019)

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

San Juan Airport (SJU)**

Daily

$29*

Tuesday, Wednesday

New routes from EWR beginning Dec. 10, 2019:

TO/FROM

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE:

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)

Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Service to Palm Beach is seasonal, frequency and times are subject to change.

New routes from EWR beginning March and April 2020 with tickets going on sale at a later date:

TO/FROM

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)**

Cancun International Airport (CUN)**

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

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. Frontier’s young fleet also ensures that the company keeps fares low and that customers will enjoy a pleasant and reliable experience flying with the airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N356FR (msn 9065) (O’Malley, the Mallard Duck) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947357.

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Frontier Airlines expands in Las Vegas

"Clover, the Deer Fawn", delivered on May 31, 2019

Frontier Airlines is expanding in Las Vegas.

The carrier recently announced nine new, nonstop routes, including a significant expansion in Las Vegas with seven new destinations.

Additionally, two new options are being added from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Miami.

New Routes from McCarran International Airport (LAS):

TO/FROM

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE:

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Sept. 10, 2019

Daily

$29*

Tuesday and Wednesday

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Sept. 10, 2019

Daily

$79*

Tuesday and Wednesday

Portland International Airport (PDX)

Nov. 14, 2019

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

$39*

To Las Vegas Sunday and Monday

From Las Vegas Thursday and Friday

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Sept. 6, 2019

Daily

$29*

Tuesday and Wednesday

Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

Nov. 14, 2019

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

$29*

To Las Vegas Sunday and Monday

From Las Vegas Thursday and Friday

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Nov. 14, 2019

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

$44*

To Las Vegas Sunday and Monday

From Las Vegas Thursday and Friday

John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)

Nov. 14, 2019

Daily

$29*

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

New Routes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE):

TO/FROM

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE:

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Oct. 10, 2019

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

$49*

To Florida Sunday Through Wednesday

From Florida Tuesday through Friday

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Oct. 10, 2019

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

$49*

To Florida Sunday Through Wednesday

From Florida Tuesday through Friday

Las Vegas routes are year-round, and Cleveland routes are seasonal.

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N348FR (msn 8954) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946852.

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Indigo Partners to add 50 Airbus A321XLRs to its airline fleets

Indigo Partners and three of its airlines will acquire 50 of the new Airbus A321XLR long-range, single-aisle jetliners. The Memorandum of Understanding includes new orders for 32 A321XLRs and the conversion of 18 existing A320neo family orders.

Indigo Partners LLC, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a private equity fund focused on worldwide investments in air transportation. Indigo has major ownership stakes in four low-cost airlines, including Frontier Airlines (U.S.), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary). The four carriers now operate a combined 295 Airbus planes and, with the new commitments, have 636 on order.

Twenty of the A321XLRs will be allocated to Wizz Air, 18 to Frontier, and 12 to JetSMART.

Airbus announced the launch of the A321XLR at the Paris Air Show. Derived from the A321neo, the A321XLR is the longest-range single-aisle commercial jetliner ever, capable of flying routes up to 4,700nm with unbeatable fuel efficiency. With a range previously found only in twin-aisle aircraft, A321XLR will enable airlines to exploit new route opportunities with low operating costs, reduced environmental impact, and provide passengers with a comfortable travel experience.

Images: Airbus.

Frontier Airlines announces six new routes from Denver to Billings, Boston, Burlington, Green Bay and Mobile

"Choo, the Pika"

Frontier Airlines has announced it will add six new nonstop flights from Denver International Airport to Billings, Montana, Boston, Massachusetts, Burlington, Vermont, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Mobile, Alabama, as well as Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Mobile, Alabama.

Service is seasonal, and frequency and times are subject to change.

Following is a summary of the new service:

Routes and Frequency:

BILLINGS (BIL) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 30, 2019

Seasonal

BOSTON (BOS) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Daily

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: April 30, 2019

Seasonal

BURLINGTON (BTV) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 1, 2019

GREEN BAY (GRB) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 23, 2019

Seasonal

MOBILE (BFM) to/from DENVER (DEN)

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 1, 2019

Seasonal

MOBILE (BFM) to/from CHICAGO (ORD)

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: May 1, 2019

Seasonal

With these additions, Frontier will have 98 nonstop routes from Denver International Airport.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N331FR (msn 8329) (Choo, the Pika) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945361.

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Frontier to add new flights to Branson, Cleveland and Nashville

"Grizwald, the Bear"

Frontier Airlines continues to add routes, announcing five more non-stop flights from Branson Airport (BKG), Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE), and Nashville International Airport (BNA). Service begins in spring 2019.

Routes and Frequency:

Branson:

DESTINATION

ORIGIN

FREQUENCY

SERVICE START

DFW

TO/FROM

BKG

Wednesday, Saturday

1-MAY-19

ORD

TO/FROM

BKG

Wednesday, Saturday

1-MAY-19

Cleveland:

DESTINATION

ORIGIN

FREQUENCY

SERVICE START

CHS

TO/FROM

CLE

Thursday, Sunday

30-APR-19

SFO

TO/FROM

CLE

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

30-APR-19

 

Nashville:

DESTINATION

ORIGIN

FREQUENCY

SERVICE START

ORD

TO/FROM

BNA

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

30-APR-19

Additionally, Frontier is expanding service between Chicago (ORD) and both Fort Myers and Tampa into the summer season with flights twice/week to Fort Myers and 3 times/week to Tampa.

Top Copyright Photo (all other images by the airline): Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 WL N227FR (msn 6184) (Grizwald, the Bear) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 945324.

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Airbus delivers 100th A320 Family aircraft assembled in the U.S.

Airbus has delivered its 100th aircraft from the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The A320neo, serial number (MSN) 8580, was delivered to Frontier Airlines. The aircraft features two horses, Meadow and West, on its tailplane.

Airbus’ Mobile facility is delivering four A320 Family aircraft per month and has delivered to eight U.S.-based customers thus far, including Air Lease Corporation, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines.

Airbus has three other A320 Family production facilities around the world: Hamburg, Germany; Tianjin, China; and Toulouse, France.

Photo: Airbus.

Air Lease Corporation announces delivery of one New Airbus A321-200 with Frontier Airlines

Air Lease Corporation on November 29 announced the delivery of one new Airbus A321-200 aircraft on long-term lease to Frontier Airlines.

Featuring CFM International CFM56-5B3/3 engines, this A321-200 is the first of two A321-200 aircraft confirmed to deliver to Frontier Airlines from ALC’s order book with Airbus. Traditional to Frontier Airlines, this A321-200 aircraft will unveil a new special livery with a “Xavier, The Mountain Goat” animal tail.

This A321-200 aircraft joins two A320-200 aircraft currently on long-term lease to Frontier from ALC. The second new A321-200 aircraft from ALC is set to deliver to Frontier Airlines in December 2018.

Frontier flight 260 returns to Las Vegas after engine cowling rips off

Frontier Airlines flight 260 from Las Vegas to Tampa on Friday, November 30 with 166 passengers and crew members had to return to LAS after there was an issue with the right engine.

The aircraft involved was N227FR.

Frontier confirmed the engine cowling “came loose and separated from the aircraft”.

The Airbus A320 landed safely.

Passengers with window seats on the right side had this view.

Photo: Dan Ponce on Twitter.