Frontier Airlines has placed a firm order for 10 Airbus A321s and two A320s.
All 12 Airbus A320-family jets ordered by Frontier Airlines on June 2 are ‘current engine option’ (ceo) aircraft.
This is the second time in less than a year that Denver-based Frontier Airlines has ordered the A321, the largest member of the Airbus A320 family. On November 24, 2014, the carrier ordered nine A321s, its first order for the model.
Including its June 2, 2015 order, Frontier now has an order backlog of 101 Airbus single-aisle aircraft.
The airline’s current in-service fleet consists of 55 A320-family aircraft: 34 A319s and 21 A320s.
Each of the newly ordered A320-family jets will feature lightweight composite Sharklets, wing-tip devices 94 inches (2.4 meters) high that reduce fuel consumption by up to 4 per cent and offer either a range extension of 100 nautical miles or a payload increase of up to 992lb (450kg).
“This announcement paves the way for us to grow, modernize and renew our fleet while helping us build a strong foundation for the future,” says Barry Biffle, president of 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,” adds Biffle.
Frontier Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in 2001 and has since standardized on an all-Airbus A320-family fleet.
Airbus has booked firm orders for nearly 11,700 A320-family jets to date (including A320neo-family aircraft) and has delivered more than 6,500, to more than 400 customers and operators worldwide.