Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Frontier Airlines, has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 40 A320neos and 40 A319neos.
The commitment from Republic, announced on June 22 at the Paris Airshow, makes the U.S. company a launch customer for the A319neo. Republic subsidiary Frontier currently operates 58 Airbus A318, A319 and A320 aircraft.
On behalf of Frontier Airlines, Republic Airways Holdings also placed an order in February 2010 for 40 Bombardier CS300s, a direct competitor to the A319neo.
Republic has selected CFM International’s LEAP-X1A engine for all 80 of its new A320neos and A319neos.
The Airbus A320neo-family jets aircraft also feature large wingtip devices known as Sharklets. Together, says Airbus, the Sharklets and LEAP-X engines will result in a 15 per cent fuel burn reduction compared with existing A320s and A319s, corresponding to an annual carbon dioxide reduction of 3,600 metric tons per aircraft.
“This order is a reflection of the strong and mutually beneficial partnership Frontier and Airbus have enjoyed over the past decade,” says Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and CEO of Republic Airways. “The addition of these state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient aircraft to our fleet will be a major factor in Frontier maintaining its position as an industry cost leader and will allow Frontier to continue to offer travelers low fares despite persistently high fuel prices.”
“Frontier’s tagline, ‘a whole different animal,’ is descriptive also of a corporate philosophy that has kept Republic’s airlines at the top of the game with high-technology, high-efficiency aircraft,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer – customers “With this deal, Republic is selecting the neo as a strong growth platform for their Frontier subsidiary.”