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A Frontier A320neo landing at Las Vegas. Frontier is not the largest U.S. A320neo operator. (Photo: AirlineGeeks| William Derrickson)

Frontier, Spirit Send Furlough Notices to Employees

Frontier Airlines warned 35% of its flight attendants and pilots that they are at risk of being furloughed during the first two weeks of October. In a letter sent to employees and obtained by AirlineGeeks, Frontier’s Vice President of Human Resources notified staff of their expected status and did not elaborate on any details. The message confirmed that the airline anticipates the unpaid furlough to be permanent, or at least for a period of six months. The privately-held airline currently…

JetSMART Confirms Ultra-Low-Cost Cargo Operations

During the pandemic, JetSMART has operated uninterruptedly and according to the latest report from the Civil Aeronautical Board, they reached a market share of 28.4% during the month of June, which represents the transportation of 31,810 passengers. The rest of the market is completed by LATAM with a 45.7% share,…

Spirit Airlines Unveils Newly-Redesigned Cabin Seats to be Installed on…

Ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will be installing new, ergonomically-designed cabin seats starting from Nov. 2019 on its new Airbus A320 jets. According to Spirit, the design of the latest cabin seats focus on guest comfort and is in response to feedback and survey results from its flying customers. The seats…

Frontier Expands Las Vegas Service

Denver-based Frontier Airlines will be expanding and launching new services out of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas this coming Fall 2019. The ultra-low-cost carrier which turned 25 on Friday announced seven new year-round destinations from its west coast focus city which will begin rolling out in early September. Furthermore,…

Trip Report: Flying on a Swoop Boeing 737-800 from Hamilton…

Since high average fares are quite typical of the Canadian market, it was not difficult to foresee the launch of one or more Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) ventures north of the 45th parallel. Despite being the first new ULCC, NewLeaf Airlines never really started their operations before they were eventually taken…

777 Partners Sees Potential in Canadian Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier

Miami-based investment firm 777 Partners has acquired a 25 percent equity piece in Canadian ultra-low-cost Flair Airlines, the maximum amount of a foreign entity that they can under Canadian federal regulations. Investments are not always publicized, but Flair Airlines hopes this announcement will help customers continue to trust the fairly…

Spirit Airlines Expands Reach into California with Announcement of Flights…

Spirit Airlines will soon be bringing in ultra-low fares to California’s Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) from Las Vegas this summer. Beginning June 20, the ultra-low-cost carrier will fly three times daily between Burbank and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, and three a day between…

Spirit Announces New Destination, Faces Tough Competition

Just two days after announcing Jacksonville, Florida as its next destination, Spirit Airlines added a 70th city to its route network on Thursday. The airline held an employee conference at its headquarters in Miami to celebrate flights to the Live Music Capital of the World, where employees cheered at the…

Swoop’s U.S. Operations Still Awaiting Full Regulatory Approval, Forced to…

Swoop, the ultra-low-cost subsidiary of Canada's WestJet, has postponed the commencement of U.S. services until Oct. 27 as all regulatory approvals have not yet been granted to the airline. Under the "Advisories" section of its website, the airline has apologized for the inconvenience to customers, giving the following reason for the…

Low-Cost Airlines Crossing the Pond: Primera Air

Since the introduction of numerous low-cost airlines to the transatlantic market, access to Europe has never been easier or cheaper. New fuel-efficient aircraft and low-cost business models have allowed for increased competition among low-cost carriers, with more and more starting up every year. This series will serve to give an in-depth…