Frontier has celebrated a new landmark that few airlines hit, necessitating delivery of its own 100th aircraft. After the airline received its new Airbus A320neo, painted with a rather different ‘Chinook the Gray Wolf’ livery.
The livery of this 100th Frontier aircraft. Photo: Frontier AirlinesReaching 100 aircraft
Few airlines grow to accomplish a hundred airframes, let alone one hundred of the exact same household aircraft (that in Frontier’s situation is that the Airbus A320 household ).
“Taking delivery of the 100th Airbus aircraft in our fleet marks a tremendous milestone for our company,” said Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines at a media announcement. “We have significantly expanded our fleet in recent years as Frontier has continued to grow both domestically and internationally,”
Frontiers’ order publication with Airbus is shocking, with the other 88 Airbus A320therefore, 30 A321neos, also 18 A321XLRs place to be delivered during the next half a decade.
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“Airbus is pleased to reach this significant 100th aircraft milestone with Frontier Airlines, and to be a part of the airline’s continuing growth and success,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, Chairman, and CEO, Airbus Americas, Inc. “With 160 more aircraft on order, we look forward to many more of these milestones.”
Considering those numbers, while becoming into a hundred aircraft proved to be a very long trip in the building, the following hundred will probably pass by quite soon. It’s more probable the carrier will operate from animals to paint its tails compared to aircraft.
This 100th aircraft features some livery of a famed wolf named Chinook. Chinook was a wolf-dog hybrid pair to be placed down in 1993 for fear of her wolf genes, but she was saved at the last minute. Rescuing this animal had far-reaching consequences, such as dismantling the dangerous label of wolf-dogs and creating the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, hence why she deserves her spot on the tail.
The new aircraft takes off for its first revenue route. Photo: Frontier AirlinesWhy has Frontier been so successful?
Many ask why Frontier has been able to reach 100 aircraft a market with peers like United, Delta, American, and Southwest (all of whom have over 100 short-haul planes). This is because of its unique business model – ultra-low-cost flights.
Onboard a Frontier aircraft, everything is for sale, and nothing is provided with your airfare. While its typical for you to pay for luggage or seat selection onboard United or American Airlines, onboard Frontier, you need to pay for cabin bags, and a table tray isn’t always included.
Where Frontier Airlines flies. Source: Frontier AirlinesThus, while the fares may at first be cheap, when you add in luggage and other fees (like paying with a credit card), the cost can skyrocket. But since customers are already committed to the ‘cheap fare’, they push onwards and book.
This business model has rewarded the airline and today it wizzes across the country and to select international destinations. With brand new aircraft on the way with extreme range (like the Airbus A321XLR), Frontier might turn its hungry eyes to the lucrative transatlantic trade and offer destinations to Europe. A win to passengers indeed.
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