US ultra-low cost carrier Frontier Airlines has taken delivery of one new Airbus A321neo aircraft on long-term lease from Aviation Capital Group LLC.
Powered by the ultra-efficient Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, this aircraft is the third of seven A321neo aircraft scheduled to deliver to the airline from ACG’s order book with Airbus.
Traditional to Frontier Airlines, this A321neo will unveil a new special livery with “Sierra The Bighorn Sheep” painted on the tail.
Fleet expansion programme
Frontier Airlines is currently in the midst of a major fleet expansion program. The airline has ordered a total of 234 new aircraft, which will be delivered between 2022 and 2029.
The new aircraft will allow Frontier to expand its route network and offer more flights to more destinations.
The majority of the new aircraft that Frontier has ordered are Airbus A321neos. The A321neo is a new generation aircraft that is more fuel-efficient than previous models.
This will allow Frontier to reduce its operating costs and pass those savings on to passengers in the form of lower fares.
In addition to the A321neos, Frontier has also ordered a small number of Airbus A320neos. The A320neo is a smaller aircraft that is ideal for shorter-haul flights.
Frontier’s fleet expansion program is expected to be completed by 2029. By that time, the airline will have a fleet of 272 aircraft, which will make it one of the largest low-cost carriers in the United States.
The fleet expansion program is part of Frontier’s plan to become the “nation’s greenest airline.” The new aircraft that Frontier has ordered are all more fuel-efficient than previous models.
This will allow Frontier to reduce its environmental impact and become a more sustainable airline.
Frontier’s fleet expansion program is a major investment in the future of the airline. The new aircraft will allow Frontier to expand its route network, offer more flights to more destinations, and reduce its operating costs.
This will make Frontier a more competitive airline and allow it to offer lower fares to passengers.
New crew base at Dallas Fort Worth
This week, the ultra-low fare carrier also celebrated the opening of a new crew base at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Frontier Airlines President and CEO Barry Biffle and DFW Airport Vice President of Airline Relations Milton De La Paz joined members of Team Frontier for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
The base is expected to employ up to 120 pilots and 220 flight attendants within its first year of operation.
Combined with maintenance and airport positions, the airline is expected to generate more than $78 million annually in local wages with further growth anticipated in the coming years. Frontier has been the fastest growing carrier at DFW since 2019.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this historic occasion for Frontier and DFW,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO, Frontier Airlines.
“This new crew base will bring quality jobs to the DFW community and allow us to expand our affordable and convenient travel options to those across the region. This crew base demonstrates our strong commitment to DFW now and for many years to come.”
About Frontier Airlines
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company operates 125 A320 family aircraft and has the largest A320neo family fleet in the U.S.
The use of these aircraft, Frontier’s seating configuration, weight-saving tactics and baggage process have all contributed to Frontier’s continued ability to be the most fuel-efficient of all major U.S. carriers when measured by available seat miles (ASMs) per fuel gallon consumed.
With more than 220 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America.