Frontier picks start-up MRO to install new seats on Airbus fleet

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Frontier Airlines has contracted with Florida-based aircraft maintenance and repair start-up company First Coast Aerospace to install new seats on its fleet of 59 Airbus narrowbodies.

Under the deal, First Coast will retrofit Frontier’s aircraft – 10 Airbus A318s and 49 A319s – with new lighter seats and television monitors at its service facility at Jacksonville International Airport.

First Coast president Merrill Woods says the maintenance company must complete the seat retrofit on each aircraft within 36 hours. “We finished the first one eleven hours ahead of schedule,” he says.

Additionally, First Coast is performing overnight routine maintenance work on some Frontier aircraft, says Woods.

First Coast began operations at Jacksonville International Airport in March. It is located in a hangar formerly occupied by Flightstar Aircraft Services that it now leases from Signature Flight Support, says Woods.

The company has been working on business aircraft, but is also looking for other large carrier contacts in addition to the Frontier deal.

Frontier is also a newcomer to Jacksonville International Airport and began offering service from its hub in Denver in June, says a Frontier spokesman.

Last month B/E Aerospace announced that Frontier has placed an order for coach seating. B/E says the Frontier program covers A318s and A319s as well as equipping new Airbus A320s with seats. Frontier has the LiveTV system installed on its aircraft.