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Jan 5, 1999
Frontier Airlines to Begin Performing Heavy Maintenance Checks
DENVER (Jan. 5, 1999) -- ; Denver-based Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT ) today announced it will begin performing heavy maintenance checks, typically called "C" checks, on its fleet at Denver International Airport, effective March 1, 1999. Frontier currently utilizes "C" check level maintenance services from several FAA-approved repair stations. In addition to improved scheduling and quality controls, the airline anticipates annual cost savings of approximately $1 million.
"Today's announcement is another milestone in the ongoing development of our airline," said Frontier President Sam Addoms. "Frontier is nearly five years old and with a current fleet of 17 jets and growing, performing our own C' checks will give us the ability to realize significant cost savings, improved productivity and greater flexibility when scheduling our aircraft."
In anticipation of its March 1 start date, the airline has already begun the process of hiring approximately 105 additional maintenance and stores employees. In addition, the airline anticipates an initial capital investment of approximately $500,000, which will be used to acquire necessary tooling, equipment and parts for the "C" check level maintenance project. Frontier has increased its leased space at Continental Airline's hangar at DIA to 71,032 square feet in order to accommodate the additional heavy check, tooling and component work.
In conjunction with performing "C" check level maintenance, the airline's purchasing responsibilities will report to Vice President of Maintenance Jon Bartram. Prior to today's announcement, Frontier's Director of Material Roland Mease reported to Executive Vice President of Operations Jim Wyche.
"Since August 1996, we have successfully performed "A/B" level checks, as well as engine changes, avionics system tests and other standard maintenance functions," said Bartram. "Because of the experience and efficiency gained over the past two years and our expected fleet growth, it is an appropriate time to move this strategic function in-house. In addition to heavy maintenance checks, we will also be able to handle much of the component work we currently send to outside vendors."
Denver-based Frontier Airlines commenced operations on July 5, 1994. Unlike other airlines, Frontier's low fares do not have a Saturday night stay requirement. In addition, Frontier offers frequent flier mileage points in Continental Airlines OnePass program. Effective mid-December 1998, the airline will serve 19 cities coast to coast with a fleet of 17 Boeing 737 jets. The airline currently employs approximately 1,200 travel professionals. Frontier's website may be viewed at http://www.frontierairlines.com .
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