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Frontier Airlines Debuts First Aircraft with Lightweight Seats

Frontier Airlines Debuts First Aircraft with Lightweight Seats
Joe Cortez

With the goal of reducing their carbon footprint, Frontier Airlines is rolling out their first Airbus A320neo with a seat 33 percent lighter than traditional options. The seat will serve two purposes: reduce fuel burn for the airline, while passing along savings from a lower gas bill.

Frontier Airlines is vying for the title of “America’s Greenest Airline” with the launch of their latest Airbus A320neo aircraft. In a press release, the ultra-low-cost carrier announced the first flight featuring their new slimline seats, which are reportedly 30 percent lighter than traditional airline seats.

Slimline Recaro Seat Designed with Fuel Savings in Mind

The seats, designed by aerospace interiors company Recaro, are designed with a slimmer profile and lighter materials. Executives say the seats are no less comfortable than traditional options, and feature redesigned armrests and a larger tray table.

Image courtesy: Frontier Airlines

“This new aircraft, which is the 105th in our fleet, represents a significant milestone in Frontier’s commitment to being America’s Greenest Airline,” Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines, said in a press release. “We are in continuous pursuit of leading-edge strategies to reduce our environmental footprint and, at the same time, reduce fuel costs, which enables us to pass savings on to consumers in the form of lower fares.”

Image courtesy: Frontier Airlines

With the lighter seats installed, the company estimates they will reduce their fuel burn by 31,863 gallons per aircraft, per year. Based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the savings is roughly equivalent to removing 642 million plastic bottles from the environment.

The Airbus A320neo celebrated its inaugural flight from Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. The airline will continue to install the new seats on all 155 Airbus aircraft on order, with full implementation across the fleet by 2027.

Airlines Continue to Get Serious About Green Operations

If Frontier plans to be “America’s Greenest Airline,” they may have to compete with JetBlue for that title. In 2020, the New York-based carrier announced they became carbon neutral based on their domestic operations.

Feature image courtesy: Frontier Airlines

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12 Comments

  1. FlyingNone

    March 24, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Code for – like sitting on a park bench? They don’t look too comfortable.

  2. Oxnardjan

    March 24, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, The legroom/pitch space looks awful. Might be bearable for a less than 2 hour flight but No Thanks,

  3. OZFLYER86

    March 25, 2021 at 4:40 am

    so with slim backs, must provide more legroom with same seat pitch. Great !!!

  4. edgewood49

    March 25, 2021 at 10:17 am

    And we all know what “slimmer” seats mean Hard Hard and Harder

  5. Jackie_414

    March 25, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    And adding a row of seats . . .

  6. BC Shelby

    March 25, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    ….yet they continue have the worst seat pitch in the nation (28″). even with these slimline seats. which is why I’d never fly on them.

  7. arcticflier

    March 26, 2021 at 5:15 am

    But won’t the airline simply replace the weight savings of these seats with an equal amount of additional cargo?

    The equation of a commercial and/or cargo aircraft is different than a commuter car. Trimming kilos from a BMW results in greater fuel economy. Trimming manufacturers empty weight on an aircraft simply means the aircraft will carry additional payload.

  8. rylan

    March 26, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Why not just totally remove what little padding there is and have people sit on a piece of plastic? They’re almost to that point anyway, so stop pretending to provide any sort of comfort or support from the seat.

  9. Iflymci

    March 26, 2021 at 6:31 am

    If only today’s passengers could be “slimlined”..

  10. John Aldeborgh

    March 26, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Not a single word on the comfort of the seats. I guess customers will do anything without complaint if you simply call it “green”. With the tightest seat pitch in the industry this allows the airline to carry more passengers per flight, resulting in more passenger miles per gallon of fuel….which is “greener”, so say thank you to Frontier for having zero legroom. It’s all in the marketing.

  11. hammie

    March 26, 2021 at 9:26 am

    I made the mistake of flying Frontier from Ontario, California to Philly on a redeye.

    Fortunately, I changed planes in Denver. My butt cheeks were sore and would not be able to fly 5 hours on one of these. Bring a hemorrhoid cushion and two Ambien for these new and improved seats.

  12. SUPERTRAVEL

    March 29, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    I think I was on this 320Neo this past Saturday morning from MIA to MCO. I didn’t even notice seat comfort but it was only a half hour flight. Seriously folks, I paid $28 for my ticket while American wanted $99. You get what you pay for and on Frontier, you get crazy cheap fares.

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