Posted on: 12 October 2015 by Ross McSweeny
After placing firm orders for 19 Airbus A321ceos during the last twelve months, Frontier Airlines has taken delivery of its first of the type to join the carrier’s all-Airbus fleet.All 19 of Frontier’s A321s are powered by CFM56-5B engines and are equipped with Sharklets. Each will seat 230 people in a single class layout and will initially be used on routes from Orlando to Philadelphia, Denver, Cleveland and Detroit. The airline has just opened a new crew base in Orlando to support the A321.“All of us at Team Frontier are excited to welcome our first A321 into our family of Airbus aircraft,” commented Barry Biffle, president of Frontier Airlines. “The A321 is the perfect complement to our fleet as we continue to seek areas of growth and offer our customers ‘Low Fares Done Right’.”“Frontier took delivery of its very first Airbus aircraft in 2001, starting its transition to an all-Airbus fleet and its realisation of the merit and flexibility of the A320 family,” added John Leahy, Airbus’s chief operating officer–customers. “The airline understands the value of continuing to upgrade its fleet with new aircraft and our ever-evolving fuel-saving technologies.”Frontier’s current in-service fleet consists of 57 A320 family aircraft (35 A319s and 22 A320s). In addition to the remaining 18 A321s on backlog, the airline also has 18 A319neos, 62 A320neos and two A320ceos on order, creating a total backlog of 100 single-aisle Airbus aircraft.