DENVER , March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In January, Frontier Airlines(Nasdaq: FRNT) signed a long-term airline services agreement withIndianapolis-based Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic AirwaysHoldings (Nasdaq: RJET). Over the weekend, what was a deal on paper became areality as Republic delivered its first two E-170 aircraft and Frontier put them into service flying from Denver to Indianapolis , Omaha, Albuquerque and El Paso .
"The delivery of our first E-170s from Republic is an historic moment for Frontier as it solidifies our strategy to offer best-in-class products on both our mainline routes as well as our regional service," said Jeff Potter, Frontier president and CEO. "I am confident that all four of our first E-170 markets will find the comfort of the Embraer 170 with wider seats, greater legroom and a taller cabin than most regional aircraft to be a true differentiator when they are looking to travel to Denver and beyond. I would like to thank both the Republic team as well as the Frontier team for getting this relationship kicked off and I look forward to the day that we have all 17 aircraft on board, as well as the 10 Q400 aircraft that will be operated by our subsidiary, Lynx Aviation, so that we can fulfill our strategy of significant regional expansion."
"We are pleased to begin our partnership with Frontier and to introduce the passenger friendly Embraer 170 to Frontier Airlines' network," said Bryan Bedford , Chairman, President and CEO of Republic Airways. "We look forward to providing excellent service to Frontier and its customers."
More about the Embraer 170
Welcome to a new standard in cabin comfort. The double-bubble fuselage design of the Embraer 170 means passengers enjoy an extraordinary amount of personal space and stowage with dimensions that even exceed larger, single-aisle mainline aircraft. For short-haul or longer distance travel, nothing surpasses the comfort of the Embraer cabin. The distinctive four-abreast seat configuration guarantees everyone either an aisle or window seat, which also improves cabin mobility. Passengers will appreciate the remarkable spaciousness of the Embraer 170 with its large windows, 6' 7" high ceilings,wider seats and wider aisle compared to four, five and six-abreast aircraft. Even the generously sized lavatories provide a new standard of comfort with additional amenities for handicapped travelers and their attendants.
About Republic Airways Holdings
Republic Airways Holdings, based in Indianapolis , Indiana is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and ShuttleAmerica. The airlines offer scheduled passenger service on approximately 1,000 flights daily to 90 cities in 35 states, Canada , Mexico and the U.S.Virgin Islands through airline services agreements with five major U.S.airlines. All of the airlines' flights are operated under their major airline partner brand, such as American Connection, Continental Express, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express. The airlines currently employ approximately 3,700 aviation professionals and operate 173 regional jetaircraft.
About Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc.
Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Currently in its 13th year of operations, Frontier Airlinesis the second-largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport,employing approximately 5,000 aviation professionals. With 57 aircraft and one of the youngest Airbus fleet in North America , Frontier offers 24 channels of DIRECTV(R) service in every seatback along with 33 inches of legroom in an all coach configuration. In conjunction with its regional jet fleet, operated by Horizon Air, Frontier offers routes linking its Denver hub to 56 destinations including 49 U.S. cities in 29 states spanning the nation from coast to coast, eight cities in Mexico and one city in Canada . In Nov. 2006 ,Frontier and AirTran announced a first-of-its-kind integrated marketing partnership that offers travelers the ability to reach more than 80 destinations across four countries with low fares, aboard two of the youngest fleets in the industry. In Dec. 2006 , Frontier was designated "Best Low CostCarrier" in the U.S. by the readers of Business Traveler magazine. Frontier's maintenance department has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)Diamond Award recognizing its advanced training standards for eight consecutive years, from 1999 to 2006. For more in-depth information on Frontier Airlines, please visit our Web site at www.FrontierAirlines.com.
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SOURCE Frontier Airlines
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