DENVER (March 2, 2004) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT) today announced
that it has revised its cell phone usage policy to allow passengers to utilize
cell phones aboard the aircraft prior to takeoff and upon landing. The policy,
which has received approval from the FAA, applies to all Frontier aircraft at
all U.S. airports.
The following conditions will apply to passengers wishing to use their cell
phones on board:
- Frontier crew members will alert passengers when it is safe to use their
- Cell phone usage will be allowed prior to closing the cabin door, during
long delays on the taxiway (at the discretion of the captain), and after landing
once the flight attendant has announced that the plane has landed and taxied
off the active runway.
- Passengers must either have their cell phones with them, or access them
from the over head bin prior to descent and prior to the final alert from
a Frontier crew member regarding accessing the over-head bin.
"Frontier's first priority is the safety of its passengers and employees,"
said Tom Nunn, vice president of aviation safety and security. "At the
same time, we are always striving to provide the utmost in convenience and comfort
to our customers to ensure a positive in-flight experience. As a result, we
chose to pursue approval of cell phone usage upon landing and have now met the
testing and procedural standards set forth by the FAA to offer this added convenience."
Currently in its tenth year of operations, Denver-based Frontier Airlines is
the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport with
a fleet of 39 aircraft and employing approximately 3,900 aviation professionals.
Frontier, in conjunction with Frontier JetExpress operated by Horizon Air, operates
routes linking our Denver hub to 37 cities in 22 states spanning the nation
from coast-to-coast and to five cities in Mexico. Frontier's maintenance and
engineering department has received the Federal Aviation Administration's highest
award, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of 100 percent
of its maintenance and engineering employees completing advanced aircraft maintenance
training programs, for five consecutive years. In August 2003, Frontier ranked
as one of the "Top 10 Domestic Airlines" as determined by readers
of Travel + Leisure magazine. Frontier provides capacity information
and other operating statistics on its Web site, which may be viewed at www.frontierairlines.com.