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Which U.S. Airlines Will Operate The A318?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 6:44 am

Any us airlines planning on flying the A318? That is one short many pax does it hold?

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RE: Which U.S. Airlines Will Operate The A318?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 6:58 am

I know that America West is planning on ordering the 318's, its shows them in a Fleet diagram in the back of ther in-flight magazine, but I can't remember when it said they would take delivery of them.
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RE: Which U.S. Airlines Will Operate The A318?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:04 am

Frontier airlines also have the A318 on order (5 firm, 5 options) with CFM56 engines. They recently switched the order from PW6000 due to delays with that engine. Delivery is set for 2003/2004.
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RE: Which U.S. Airlines Will Operate The A318?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:10 am

I thought Frontier was changing their order to the A319? Is that not accurate?
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RE: Which U.S. Airlines Will Operate The A318?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:15 am

It has been rumored that Frontier may change their A318 order into one for either the A319 or the A320. I don't know if it affects the ones they plan to lease.
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RE: Which U.S. Airlines Will Operate The A318?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:16 am

I also heard that Frontier was considering changing its A318 order into an order for more A319s.

TWA had a big order for the A318 - 50 aircraft - but that order was cancelled when TWA reorganized in preparation for the AA deal.

The A318 will seat 102-120 pax depending upon configuration.
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RE: Which U.S. Airlines Will Operate The A318?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:57 am

This is the latest I found:

Frontier Airlines Amends Fleet Plan (March 21, 2002)

DENVER (March 20, 2002) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT) today announced it has entered into an agreement with Airbus to purchase five new Airbus 114-seat A318 aircraft powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International with options for an additional 5 A318 aircraft. Today's announcement amends the airline's prior plans to purchase the same number of A318 aircraft powered by Pratt and Whitney PW6000 engines. As discussed in the airline's latest Form 10-Q, filed Feb. 14, 2002, it appeared likely that delivery of the Airbus A318 aircraft, powered with the Pratt and Whitney engines, would be delayed until as late as mid-2006. Pursuant to this revised order, four of the CFM-powered A318s are scheduled for delivery in calendar year 2003 and one in calendar year 2004.

The airline also announced today that it has entered into an aircraft purchase agreement with Airbus for two additional 132-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, for delivery in December 2002. The order increases the airline's firm order for Airbus A319s from 10 to 12, including three purchased aircraft that have already been delivered. These two additional A319s will replace two leased 737-200s, which Frontier has opted to return to its lessor 22 months ahead of schedule. Frontier also retains its plans to lease 15 Airbus A319s, including three leased A319s that have already been delivered. With this announcement, by the end of Frontier's fiscal year 2003, which runs from April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2003, Frontier plans to operate a fleet of 16 737-300s, three 737-200s and 16 Airbus A319s, for a total of 35 aircraft.

"We are pleased to continue with our Airbus transition plan on a timeline very similar to our original A318 introduction plan and now with an airframe and engine type standard with our A319s," said President and COO Jeff Potter.
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