Flyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3838 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2901 times:
Frontier Orders 15 Airbus A319 Jets
"PARIS (Reuters) - European plane maker Airbus SAS (Paris:EAD.PA - News; London:BA.L - News) said on Thursday that U.S. low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines had placed a firm order for 15 of its A319 narrow-body jets, confirming plans announced by the airline earlier this month.
In addition to the A319s purchased directly from Airbus, Frontier also plans to lease as many as 14 additional aircraft, which would be a mix of A318s and A319s, Airbus said."
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 23974 posts, RR: 86 Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2783 times:
There are a couple of interesting things about the order:
(i) Frontier has "conversion" rights. This means they can change any number of the A319's to A320's.
(ii) In the original letter of intent, as stated in a Frontier SEC filing, it would be a condition of the contract that Frontier must lease 3 x A320's from another company, such as GECAS or ILFC, in addition to the order from Airbus.
It isn't clear if this condition has remained in the final contract, but if it has, then we'll be seeing A320's with critters on the tails.
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2760 times:
I wonder what the new animals will be.
With all of those planes, aren't they running out of western US animals to put on their tails or are they going to start putting other animals on the tails- such as since Frontier flies to MCO, putting an alligator on a tail.
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2584 times:
Greg, this is just one opinion from a guy living in Europe, but I don't see anything wrong with a US-based carrier sporting photos of US-based wildlife on its aircraft tails. (Or of wildlife found at one of the carrier's destinations).
To that end, putting a koala on the tail wouldn't be 'wrong' by any means, but it would look slightly odd.
By the way, why are they leasing some aircraft, buying others?
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 23974 posts, RR: 86 Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2355 times:
It's a tough call, but there is also a possibility of 23 options. There are also the 14 leased aircraft. As I understand it, the plan is to have 68 aircraft by 2008.
Yes. In fact Frontier has done exactly that (sale/leaseback) with a couple of plans, and another was transferred from purchase to lease. It's the proper use of assets - you pile 'em up them in the good times to help you through the bad.
When they buy, they have to put up a fair amount of money as a non-refundable deposit, which can tie up a lot of cash. They do have put up some money up for leased planes, but nearly so much.