Frontier Airlines, headquartered in Denver, USA, has placed a firm order for ten A321 and two A320 aircraft. All 12 aircraft are current engine option (ceo) aircraft. This is the second time in less than a year that the airline has ordered the A321, the largest member of the Airbus A320 Family. Including this order, Frontier has a backlog of 101 Airbus single-aisle aircraft. Its current in-service fleet consists of 55 A320 Family aircraft (34 A319s and 21 A320s).
Each of the newly ordered airliners will feature lightweight composite Sharklet wing-tip devices that provide a fuel consumption reduction of up to 4%, plus either a range extension of 100 nautical miles or increased payload of up to 992lbs (450kg).
“This announcement paves the way for us to grow, modernise and renew our fleet while helping us build a strong foundation for the future,” said Barry Biffle, President, Frontier Airlines. “We remain focused on our Low Fares Done Right business model for long-term success and we look forward to working with Airbus to achieve it.”
Frontier took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in 2001 and has since converted to using an all-Airbus A320 Family fleet.