Frontier Airlines placed a firm order with Airbus for nine A321-200s, its first such order of the larger model. The airline currently operates a fleet of 35 A319-100s and 20 A320-200s. The order brings Frontier’s Airbus order backlog to 89 including eighty A320neos. Frontier began its transition to an all-Airbus fleet when it took delivery of its first A319 in 2001.
We contacted the airline to ask about this order, which does seem odd. On the other hand, this order seems in line with American moving to A321s from A319s and jetBlue doing the same from A320s. Is the decision purely up gauging, we asked? Continue reading
Visiting the Pratt & Whitney Customer Center today afforded us an opportunity to look at what is hanging from the roof and see wings from a different angle. In the following images we show the new aircraft that will be sporting the GTF in future. Then by way of example we show some other aircraft to proide perspective on how wing layout has evolved. Continue reading
We spoke with Andrew Tanner, P&W VP Customer Service about their planning the company has been putting into place to ensure stable and predictable entry into service next year for their newest engine.
Pratt & Whitney’s Dr Alan Epstein talks about the PW4000, its history and future as the power plant for the upcoming USAF aerial tanker.