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Jul 29, 2003
Frontier Airlines Adds World's First Airbus A318 to its Fleet
DENVER (July 29, 2003) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT) today announced it has accepted delivery of its first Airbus A318. The airline has purchased the 114-seat jet from Airbus, and with today's announcement, Frontier's fleet of 37 aircraft consists of 16 Boeing 737-300s, one Boeing 737-200, 19 Airbus A319s, and one Airbus A318.
The new A318 is the first aircraft of its type in the world to be flown commercially, having made its debut at the Paris Airshow earlier this year, and will join the A319 in Frontier's fleet as the company continues to transition to an all Airbus fleet. While it is approximately eight feet shorter than the A319, the 114-seat A318 will retain the 33-inch seat pitch of the larger 132-seat A319.
Each of Frontier's aircraft features a unique wildlife theme on its tail, depicting animals native to the continental United States. The airline's newest aircraft features a photo of a grizzly bear on each side of its tail and on its wingtips.
Currently in its ninth year of operations, Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport with a fleet of 37 aircraft and employing approximately 3,300 aviation professionals. Frontier and its affiliate Frontier JetExpress currently serve 38 U.S. cities with 190 daily flights. 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 four consecutive years. In April 2002, Entrepreneur ranked Frontier one of two "Best Low-Fare Airlines." Frontier provides capacity information and other operating statistics on its Web site, which may be viewed at www.frontierairlines.com.