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Frontier Races To Kentucky

Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:49 pm

Good news for the folks in SDF. Here's a copy of a Frontier bulletin that was just released.

Frontier Races to Kentucky

Frontier Becomes First Carrier to Provide Daily Non-stop Service between Denver and Louisville.

We’re happy to announce daily non-stop service between DEN and Louisville International Airport beginning April 1, 2007. The two daily non-stop flights will use the new 76-seat Embraer 170 jets operated by Republic Airlines. Louisville’s airport code, SDF, comes from the airport’s former name, Standiford Field.

According to a 2006 survey conducted by the Greater Louisville Chamber of Commerce, 68.2 percent of Greater Louisville employers require travel to Denver and 88.2 percent require access to the West Coast.

“There is strong demand for service from Louisville to Denver, and we know our hometown customers will enjoy direct access to Louisville’s business community and cultural attractions, as well as ‘the most exciting two minutes in sports’ — the Kentucky Derby,” said John Happ, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Planning for Frontier. The Kentucky Derby takes place each year in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.

The city, pronounced by natives as “Looavull” or even “Luvul,” also boasts a strong college sports scene as well as the manufacturer of the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats and their museum downtown. Also downtown is the Kentucky Center, which is the home of the Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra and the Kentucky Opera.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:51 pm

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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:29 am

Quoting KingCavalier (Thread starter):
The city, pronounced by natives as “Looavull” or even “Luvul,”

It'll always be "Louie-ville" to me.

Good move by F9. This route should do well.
 
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:43 am

Wow!!! Do you suppose some west-bound CVG pax would drive down I-71 to fly out of SDF to get to the West Coast via F9 at DEN?
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:44 am

Come to lexington!!!
 
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:01 am

GREAT news!!!

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 3):
Wow!!! Do you suppose some west-bound CVG pax would drive down I-71 to fly out of SDF to get to the West Coast via F9 at DEN?

Sure they will. Relatively rural interstate between the two metro areas will allow quick access to SDF from Cincinnati.

Quoting Gh123 (Reply 4):
Come to lexington!!!

Amen to that, unfortunately that will not happen in the foreseeable future.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:15 am

Will this be the first route to use the 170's or will they be used on an existing route first. Too bad they will never fly to SBA, because I would love to fly in one instead of a smelly old crj.
 
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:42 am

This is great news for F9! It is always good to see us expanding into new cities. This will be the first route created specifically for the 170, but they will be seen flying to ABQ, OMA, and ELP as early as March 4th, as mentioned in other posts.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:52 am

Quoting Mkorpal (Reply 6):
Will this be the first route to use the 170's

If it's not the first route, it will be one of the first routes. The first Republic E70 arrives in March, and this new SDF route starts April 01. It is the first "official" route for the E70 for sure. This is a pretty aggressive timeline for starting a new market.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:58 am

Quoting KYAir (Reply 5):
Sure they will. Relatively rural interstate between the two metro areas will allow quick access to SDF from Cincinnati.

I figured they would, providing that DL has shrunk CVG some, and that there is no LCC competition at CVG. A more-or-less WN-esque effect setting up, like what the pax did in PIT when WN started CLE...
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:58 am

SDF? There's a surprise.

Let's hope it does as well as DAY which has done very well for Frontier.  

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edited to correct awful mistake pointed out by King Cavalier below.

[Edited 2007-01-16 19:08:39]
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:58 am

$80 O/W introductory fares and double miles. Good deal.

Here is the official press release:

http://www.frontierairlines.com/fron...e-are/news-media/press-releases.do


Frontier Airlines Becomes First Carrier to Provide Daily Non-Stop Service Between Denver and Louisville
Two Flights Per Day Will Connect Denver to the Home of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, and Louisville Passengers to the Western U.S., Mexico and Canada

DENVER, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: FRNT) today announced it will launch daily non-stop service between its Denver International Airport (DEN) hub and Louisville International Airport (SDF) beginning April 1, 2007. The two daily non-stop flights between Denver and Louisville will utilize Frontier's regional jet service operated by Republic Airline. In a separate announcement made last week, Republic Airline was selected by Frontier Airlines to provide and operate 17, 76-seat Embraer 170 regional jets beginning in March, 2007.

As the first new destination to be announced under the new relationship with Republic Airlines, passengers on the Denver - Louisville route will enjoy the comfort and convenience of its new 76-seat Embraer ERJ 170. The new service will offer convenient connections to Frontier cities throughout the western U.S., five Mexican destinations including Cabo San Lucas (SJD), Guadalajara (GDL), Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (ZIH), Mazatlan (MZT), and Puerto Vallarta (PVR), as well as to Calgary and Vancouver.

"The airport is thrilled to welcome Frontier Airlines to Louisville," commented Airport Board Chairman J. D. Nichols. "When asked, our travelers clearly indicated a preference for non-stop service to Denver and top destinations on the West Coast. Frontier's new low cost service to the west provides our customers with easy and affordable access to dozens of cities in the west, Mexico and Canada."

"We've worked hard to recruit Frontier to be a part of Louisville's air-service mix, and are excited that they will be joining us at Louisville International Airport to greatly expand our citizens' options when flying to the West," Mayor Jerry Abramson said. "In addition to the overwhelming economic impact resulting from our massive airport expansion of two decades ago, we also have seen growth and enhancements in air service, like the addition of Frontier, another low-cost airline for Louisville International."

According to a 2006 survey conducted by the Greater Louisville Chamber of Commerce, 68.2 percent of Greater Louisville employers require travel to Denver and 88.2 percent require access to the West Coast. Frontier, recently named best U.S. low cost carrier by readers of Business Traveler magazine, offers convenient service to Denver and major western markets, allowing business travelers to plan flights that are conducive to their business schedules.

"This new route will be a great fit for passengers originating in either Denver or Greater Louisville," said John Happ, senior vice president of marketing and planning for Frontier. "There is strong demand for service from Louisville to Denver, and we know our hometown customers will enjoy direct access to Louisville's business community and cultural attractions, as well as 'the most exciting two minutes in sports' -- the Kentucky Derby."

To celebrate the new Louisville service, Frontier will offer special introductory fares as low as US$80 each way. All fares are one-way with round-trip purchase required, and must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. MST, February 28, 2007 for travel through May 10, 2007. In addition, Frontier will offer double miles for travel between Denver and Louisville through May 15, 2007, for members of EarlyReturns, Frontier Airlines' frequent flyer program.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:01 am

Quoting Mariner (Reply 10):
think it is Frontier's first US domestic destination since DAY

Don't forget BDL starts March 02.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:06 am

Quoting KingCavalier (Reply 12):
Don't forget BDL starts March 02.

Ooops! That is true - I had forgotten BDL.

It's early here, I haven't had my first jolt of caffeine yet.

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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:13 am

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 3):
Do you suppose some west-bound CVG pax would drive down I-71 to fly out of SDF to get to the West Coast via F9 at DEN?

Probably not that many unless they're already on the Kentucky side of the river; DAY is much closer to Cincinnati and is already served by F9.

I don't see this being a huge stimulus for traffic to the West Coast from SDF given than WN already flies daily from SDF to PHX and LAS, but I do think this is a good new link from SDF to an important market.
 
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:23 am

IIRC, SDF is a crew and mx base for RP (one of the RW companies) under the COEX agreement. I wouldn't be surprised if F9 didn't change IND to an E70 so that RW could flow-through their crew and provide mx for the planes.
 
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:27 am

Quoting BNAtraveler (Reply 15):
I wouldn't be surprised if F9 didn't change IND to an E70 so that RW could flow-through their crew and provide mx for the planes.

That idea makes sense and was mentioned in a previous thread.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:43 am

Quoting KingCavalier (Thread starter):
We're happy to announce daily non-stop service between DEN and Louisville International Airport beginning April 1, 2007.

Of all the days on the calender, F9 should not have selected April fools day to begin service
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:48 am

Not very good schedule if you want to fly into SDF at an early time.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:51 am

Good news for F9, although the timing is a little strange....
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:39 am

CHQ we have a hangar and crew base here in SDF. As it is where I am based. The F9 crews will be DEN based. And our MX and hangar are here for all company equipment. XJT has a hangar on the FBO side of the field.
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:58 am

just a small diversion, sorry.. but is there any chance Frontier will pick up another hub somewhere? Just wondering..
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:39 am

Another case of rewriting history.

Frontier will NOT be the first airline to fly between Denver and Louisville!

Piedmont Airlines was the first airline to fly between Denver and Louisville.
A Daily B727-100.
Ended with the buildup of the DAY hub.

At one time, Piedmont had a few destinations from Denver; Louisville, Charlotte, Nashville, and Cincinnati
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RE: Frontier Races To Kentucky

Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:49 am

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 21):
just a small diversion, sorry.. but is there any chance Frontier will pick up another hub somewhere? Just wondering..

I was wondering that myself, but I don't think they want to expand too quickly. I think they'll just focus on DEN for a while. The East Coast is a blood bath as it is, despite there being at least one market with a few holes in its route network.
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