Frontier Airlines - The Spirit of the West and now A Whole Different Animal. Frontier is a Denver based airline that has prospered since its inception in 1994. Frontier puts pictures of animals on the tails of its aircraft and names each one. The pictures give the airline a unique look and help it stand out in a crowded airline market.
Up until 2001 Frontier operated an all 737 and 737 Classic fleet. They have now converted to an all Airbus fleet on the mainline and a mixed fleet of regional aircraft.
Oct 2003 - All 737-200s have been withdrawn from service. May 2005 - All 737-300s have been withdrawn from service. Feb 2006 - Frontier announces plans to add more A318s and A319s to the fleet as well as A320s. Sep 2006 - Frontier announces the purchase of Q400s and the discontinuance of the Horizon CRJ-700 relationship in 2007. Jan 2007 - Frontier announces a relationship with Republic Airlines to provide ERJ-170 service. Aug 2007 - The Q400 (DH8-400) aircraft have started to arrive Feb 2008 - The first A320 delivered. Apr 2008 - Frontier files for Chapter 11 protection & announces end of Republic ERJ-170 service. Feb 2010 - Frontier announces shutdown of Lynx (Q400) Apr 2010 - The merge of Frontier with Midwest will use the Frontier name. The first ERJ-190 in full Frontier colors is due in April 2010