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Old 04-16-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Frontier Airlines is the name selected after yesterday's merger announcement, in which Republic Air now owns both Frontier and Midwest Airlines. Denver Post article says there will actually be a net gain of jobs fro Frontier who will now have 4100 employees in Denver.
Looks like they'll need to come up with some more animals.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I am just glad they kept the cookies. Always loved that about the Midwest flights. Never flown Frontier before -- when I go back to Michigan it is always cheapest to fly Midwest, United, or Delta/Northwest. Now Frontier has a direct Denver - Grand Rapids flight starting in May, but it is over $400 and on Delta it is $261. I thought they were a "discount" airline???
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Looks like they'll need to come up with some more animals.
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Now Frontier has a direct Denver - Grand Rapids flight starting in May, but it is over $400 and on Delta it is $261. I thought they were a "discount" airline???
In this morning's Post there is a Frontier ad with a $99 each way fare to Grand Rapids. Purchase by 4/16 fly by 6/16.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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Love the photo -- made me laugh! Thanks for posting
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:56 AM
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Not a fan, personally, though I sometimes fly them if they have the lowest price. Usually, I end up regretting it. I have had more issues with delays and mechanical problems with Frontier than other airlines. I also feel more comfortable flying Boeing aircraft for several safety reasons, and I like the fact that they are built by a US company. I always choose Southwest if I can.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:03 PM
 
Location: High Plains
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Not a fan, personally, though I sometimes fly them if they have the lowest price. Usually, I end up regretting it. I have had more issues with delays and mechanical problems with Frontier than other airlines. I also feel more comfortable flying Boeing aircraft for several safety reasons, and I like the fact that they are built by a US company. I always choose Southwest if I can.
You have had bad luck, as you are clearly in the minority on opinion for Frontier here! Their Airbus fleet has had far fewer problems than Southwest's 737's have. I've "had" to fly Southwest a few times and was left cold on all three occasions. I particularly don't like their cattle call method of boarding. A great airline for single folks under 40, though. Basically Greyhound buses with wings.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:04 PM
gn3
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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You have had bad luck, as you are clearly in the minority on opinion for Frontier here! Their Airbus fleet has had far fewer problems than Southwest's 737's have. I've "had" to fly Southwest a few times and was left cold on all three occasions. I particularly don't like their cattle call method of boarding. A great airline for single folks under 40, though. Basically Greyhound buses with wings.
No, the data proves my point:

Southwest - RITA | BTS | Title from h2

Frontier - RITA | BTS | Title from h2

EDIT: well, I can't link to the data exactly, but I just looked at the data from all major airports for the entire length of time the data is available.

Not a huge difference, but a real one. Also, Southwest's fleet of older 737s is more reliable than Frontier's a320s - it's in the statistics (air carrier delay).

Nonetheless, the differences aren't huge, and it comes down to personal preference. Southwest has changed their seating method; it's no longer really "cattle car." All you have to do is check in early to get boarding group A and you can sit wherever you want. Easy. It's a great American company that uses American-designed and built products, and the only US airline that seems to consistently turn a profit.

When it comes down to it, they're all Greyhounds with wings. Flying is about as exciting as riding a bus these days, in truth less so.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: western Centennial, CO
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No, the data proves my point:

Southwest - RITA | BTS | Title from h2

Frontier - RITA | BTS | Title from h2

EDIT: well, I can't link to the data exactly, but I just looked at the data from all major airports for the entire length of time the data is available.

Not a huge difference, but a real one. Also, Southwest's fleet of older 737s is more reliable than Frontier's a320s - it's in the statistics (air carrier delay).

Nonetheless, the differences aren't huge, and it comes down to personal preference. Southwest has changed their seating method; it's no longer really "cattle car." All you have to do is check in early to get boarding group A and you can sit wherever you want. Easy. It's a great American company that uses American-designed and built products, and the only US airline that seems to consistently turn a profit.

When it comes down to it, they're all Greyhounds with wings. Flying is about as exciting as riding a bus these days, in truth less so.
Interestng data - thanks! I have flown Southwest once and it was late at night and the plane wasn't full so I got a whole row as it turned out. When I book flights for work the travel agency software shows all airlines except Southwest. We can fly Southwest but we have to go from their website. This makes it hard to travel on them. My comments were directed more as Frontier vs. United, Northwest, Delta, etc. Personally I never had a problem with Frontier in a delay and I took about 20 trips with them. Can't say the same for other airlines I have been on. I just like how it's one cabin and I get upgraded. My supervisor at work is in the 100k club on United. They treat him great. I fly on it once a year or less. They treat me awful. That's just how those airlines work.

I flew AirTran once and I thought I would hate it. I was assigned a middle seat. But I checked in early online and got an aisle seat. And the Sirius radio they provide makes all the difference for a guy like me in making a long flight into a shorter one (although my Ipod will fit that bill as well).
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: High Plains
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Wow-Frontier's "on time" is 85.45% vs. Southwest's 85.75%. Not an impressive difference.
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