Read more : In the first few days, we saw orders of the A321XLR from Qantas, Jetstar, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Frontier, JetSMART and Wizz Air and American. If the passengers are afraid of A321XLR?
At the beginning of the week, the A321XLR was released and the orders for the plane continued to come. This aircraft will be launched in 2023 and will be the longest aircraft corridor in
Indigo Partners orders 50 A321XLRs
Phoenix-based Indigo Partners is a private investment fund that invests in airlines across the globe. If the name sounds familiar, it's because they're looking for the WOW Air rescue a few months ago, but that's not the case.
Indigo Partners invests in airlines such as Frontier Airlines, JetSMART, Volaris and Wizz Air.
Today Indigo Partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding to acquire 50 A321
Honestly, I'm a little surprised because Frontier is not among the first US airlines I'd expect.
What can Frontier do with A321XLRs?
Frontier is an extremely low cost in Denver. Their fleet consists exclusively of an Airbus A320 family aircraft. At present, they have just under 90 aircraft in their navy, with nearly 200 more customized, split between A320neo, A321neo and now A321XLR.
The reason why I think this move is so compelling is because Frontier works with very few international routes. Most of their routes are internal, and then they have a very limited number of routes to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Today, Frontier's Chief Executive Officer hinted at several options for aircraft:
- Currently bordering on the coast in the winter with full payload and A321XLR will do that easily
- Frontier wants to use A321XLR to add services to Hawaii and Alaska
- In the future, Frontier will consider adding flights to Europe or South America, or at least that's not the point
Frontier gets 18 A321XLRs
With Denver, the main center of Frontier, here is the approximate A321XLR range from Denver (although they can also use the plane from other hubs):
I think Frontier's order is interesting. In the case of Aer Lingus or Iberia or Qantas I can totally say "oh, the use of these planes is obvious."
It's not so easy with Frontier. It seems that Frontier will most often use aircraft from coast to coast and Hawaii, both of which are within the A321XLR range and do not benefit from the full potential of the airplane.
sticking to my core competence, so personally I do not think they will be using the aircraft for a huge expansion in South America or Europe, for example.
After all, if there is something we have learned in the airline over the last few years is so challenging that the transatlantic business model is extremely expensive
A321XLRs are sold as fast as red caps and mini-constitutions in Orlando last night. It's a real-life plane. At this point there is almost competition between airlines to order the A321XLR – if airlines want a chance to get delivery slots for this plane over the next decade, they will have to order soon. planes but also competition to provide slots. I think orders will continue to appear even after the Paris Expo.
What do you do with the Indigo Partners A321XLR?