[ Airlines ]July 31, 2020 4:07 am ET
From Rick Shideler
Frontier Adds 100th Aircraft Becoming Largest A320neo Operator from the U.S.
Frontier Airlines, the low fare carrier based in Denver, Colorado, declared it took delivery of its own 100th Airbus aircraft Wednesday, an A320neo built in Mobile, Alabama. With the most recent delivery, the business now operates the biggest A320neo fleet at the U.S.
“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.”
In a time when many airlines are climbing down their fleet size, Frontier has embraced an aggressive expansion plan with brand new aircraft and brand new paths. Mainly a leisure travel-focused airline, Frontier has profited from the current uptick in the leisure marketplace.
In a meeting with The Points Guy, Frontier CEO Barry Biffle stated, “We’re pretty pleased with the recovery so far.”
Frontier isn’t slowing its pursuit of leisure travelers. It has been work hard to keep and expand its client base by lately supplying a One Million Chairs for $11 and Friends Fly Free earnings helping to Million flyers that are tired of their pandemic driven lockdowns.
Frontier is supplying its low cost fares thanks in part to its aggressive cost control measures, such as decreasing its fuel expenses. The airline prides itself as the very populous airline in the USA. According to its internal evaluation of gas consumption per seat mile, Frontier asserts it’s functioning at a 43 percent fuel savings when compared with its rival airlines. The savings are thought to be in big part due to the accession of the A320neo to its fleet, a exceptional seating arrangement in its own aircraft, weight-saving approaches, and fresh luggage procedures.
The airline intends to carry 160 longer Airbus aircraft by 2027.
In admitting Frontier’s landmark delivery, Airbus America’s Chairman and CEO, C. Jeffrey Knittel, stated ”Airbus is very happy to achieve this important 100th aircraft landmark with Frontier Airlines, also to be part of the airline’s ongoing expansion and success. With 160 more aircraft order, we anticipate a lot more of those landmarks.”
Frontier, famous because of its own depictions of wildlife on its aircraft’s tails, called their 100th aircraft “Chinook the Gray Wolf.” The title comes from a feminine wolf-dog hybrid which has been rescued in 1993 hours before she was put down. The wolf’s rescue became the impetus to the creation of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, located in Divide, Colorado.
“Chinook is a gray wolf which are endangered. We hope to bring attention to their journey with our special design” the firm said on its Twitter page.
Rick is a retired airline care specialist with over 40 years experience in corporate, commercial and military aviation businesses. Rick holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) along with also a FCC General RadioTelephone Licenses. Rick is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has served in several leadership positions such as Manager of Maintenance for a big company aviation company, airline Manager of Engineering and has chaired multiple aviation care security and dependability sector committees. Rick took his very first plane ride at six months old and became a airline winner soon afterwards. Newest articles by Rick Shideler (see all)