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Feb 7, 2001
Frontier Airlines Discusses Codeshare Opportunity with Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.
DENVER (Feb. 7, 2001) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT ) today announced it is in discussions with Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLUX ) for a potential code share agreement that would allow Frontier to market and sell airline seats to more than 30 destinations, including markets in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming.
"We are hopeful that our preliminary code share discussions with Great Lakes will lead to a successful agreement that would enable us to bring Frontier's affordable fares and legendary Spirit of the West' service to some of the smaller regional communities served by Great Lakes," said Frontier President Sam Addoms.
"In this highly competitive, rapidly changing industry, maintaining scheduled air service in smaller communities requires exceptional creativity," said Great Lakes Aviation President and CEO Douglas G. Voss, "Great Lakes has recently reached a new agreement with its code share partner United Airlines wherein United recognized those challenges and concurred that it is in everyone's best interest to expand air service product availability to the smaller communities Great Lakes serves in its 58-city network. As a byproduct of this new agreement, Great Lakes looks forward to the opportunity of adding the Frontier Airlines product line in the markets we serve from our Denver hub."
Denver-based Frontier Airlines serves 23 cities coast to coast with a fleet of 25 Boeing 737 jets and employs approximately 2,400 aviation professionals. The airline is the second largest jet service carrier of Denver International Airport with an average of 114 daily systemwide departures and arrivals. Frontier recently announced its own frequent flyer program, EarlyReturns, which offers one of the fastest return programs in the industry. In 2000, Frontier's maintenance department received the Federal Aviation Administration's highest award, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence, for the second consecutive year. The award provides special recognition to airlines that have 25 percent of eligible employees complete an advanced aircraft maintenance training program and Frontier is the only Part 121 domestic air carrier to receive 100 percent participation in the program, as it has for the past two years. Frontier provides capacity and other data and industry comparisons on its Web site, which may be viewed at http://www.frontierairlines.com .