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Feb 2, 2001
Frontier Airlines Maintenance Department Wins FAA's Diamond Award for Second Consecutive Year
DENVER (Feb. 2, 2001) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT ) today announced its maintenance department will receive the prestigious Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award and will receive special recognition for having 100 percent of its eligible employees complete the aviation maintenance training program. The Diamond Award, which is the highest given by the FAA, recognizes advanced training for aircraft maintenance professionals throughout the airline industry. In order to receive the award, at least 25 percent of a company's aircraft maintenance technicians must complete certified training requirements beyond the technician's initial licensing. Frontier is the first and only Part 121 domestic air carrier to achieve 100 percent participation, as it has for two consecutive years, and 334 of the airline's maintenance employees completed the program this year.
"Well-trained mechanics are the best safety assurance we have," said FAA National Resource Specialist Bill O'Brien. "Mechanics are professionals and as such must display three characteristics; they must be well-trained, they must retain their professionalism through continued learning and they must be individuals of character. The Diamond Award program was created to recognize and reward those qualities."
"We salute our aircraft maintenance division employees for their diligence in achieving this level of excellence," said Frontier Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering Bill Schaudt. "Receiving the FAA's Diamond Award for the second consecutive year is an exceptional accomplishment, and to have done so with 100 percent participation speaks volumes about the teamwork and culture that is present in our maintenance division, and throughout Frontier as a whole."
FAA officials from Washington D.C. and the Sacramento, Seattle and Denver Flight Standards District Offices will present Frontier and its maintenance employees with the Diamond Award, as well as the individual achievement awards at a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the airline's maintenance hangar facility at Denver International Airport.
Denver-based Frontier Airlines serves 23 cities coast to coast with a fleet of 25 Boeing 737 jets and employs approximately 2,300 aviation professionals. The airline is the second largest jet service carrier of Denver International Airport with an average of 118 daily systemwide departures and arrivals. Unlike some other airlines, Frontier's low fares do not have a Saturday night stay requirement. In addition, Frontier recently announced its own frequent flyer program, EarlyReturns, which offers one of the earliest return programs in the industry. Frontier provides capacity and other data and industry comparisons on its Web site, which may be viewed at http://www.frontierairlines.com