It is a new-(engine) Frontier on the market.
Frontier Airways formally unveiled its first Airbus A321neo on Tuesday throughout a splashy occasion at its upkeep hanger at Tampa Worldwide Airport (TPA) in Florida.
The 240-seat jet is Frontier’s first neo, or “new engine choice,” which options better gasoline effectivity and extra vary than the earlier era of Airbus narrow-body plane.
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Frontier expects so as to add 158 of the A321neo to its fleet by the top of the last decade. Frontier’s mum or dad firm, Indigo Companions — which additionally owns Volaris in Mexico, JetSMART in Chile and Argentina, and Wizz Air in Europe — has a complete of 743 excellent orders from Airbus, in keeping with the Toulouse-based planemaker.
The low-cost airline has one other 68 plane on order, or a complete of 226 if the neos are included. This consists of 18 orders for the A321XLR, an excellent longer-range model of the plane that Frontier might use to fly to Alaska, Hawaii, and even throughout the Atlantic from the East Coast.
Along with the prolonged vary, the neo household of jets gives roughly 20% higher effectivity than the earlier era.
With Frontier’s dense passenger configuration, the A321neo can obtain roughly 120 miles per gallon per seat, assuming a full flight, airline CEO and president Barry Biffle stated.
“The introduction of the A321neo into our fleet is a crucial step in our firm’s sustainability targets and continued development,” Biffle stated in a press release. “They’re essentially the most fuel-efficient plane in operation amongst main U.S. airways and are able to delivering rapid, tangible reductions in gasoline consumption, carbon emissions and engine noise.”
Frontier’s first A321neo incorporates a particular livery with a bald eagle on its tail — a nod to the emblem utilized by engine designer Pratt & Whitney, the airline stated.
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