MIAMI — Denver-based Frontier Airlines, took delivery of its first A320neo, becoming the fourth airline in North America to take delivery of Airbus’ re-engined narrowbody after Mexican budget carriers Volaris and VivaAerobus, and U.S. ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines.
The jetliner (Wilbur the White Tail • N301FR • MSN 7141) is the first of 80 A320neo family aircraft on order, now comprised by 18 A319neos and 61 A320neos. All of Frontier’s A320neo fleet will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines.
“We’re excited to receive our first A320neo,” said Barry Biffle, President and CEO – Frontier Airlines. “The efficiency of the A320neo will help us lower costs even more and pass those savings along to our customers.”
To date, Frontier operates an all-Airbus fleet of 64 Airbus aircraft, including 30 A319s, 24 A320s and 10 A321s.
Earlier this year, the carrier announced plans to add 42 routes, including destinations such as Orlando, Houston and Phoenix, in a move to expand its ultra-low-cost business model across the United States, following the lead of Spirit Airlines.
The carrier is also readying its new service between Miami and Havana starting on Thursday December 1, with one-stop connections from both Denver and Las Vegas.