US low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has today placed a firm order for 15 new Airbus A319s. Deliveries of the newly ordered A319s will begin next year and continue through to 2008.
According to a statement, Airbus has granted Frontier type conversion rights to change some of the newly ordered aircraft to larger A320s.
In addition to the new orders and pending completion of negotiations with leasing companies, Frontier plans to lease as many as 14 more aircraft, which will be a mixture of A319s and A318s. Deliveries of the leased aircraft also are planned to begin in 2004.
‘It’s no secret that this is a challenging time for the airline industry, especially in the United States,’ said Noel Forgeard, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. ‘But Frontier is demonstrating that the path to recovery is with the most efficient aircraft possible run by a team that is focused on customer value. We are proud Frontier is continuing on its path toward an all Airbus-fleet.’