Frontier to add slimline seats to Airbus fleet

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Republic Airways-subsidiary Frontier Airlines plans to add slimline seats to its fleet of Airbus A319 and A320s, as it part of its transformation into an ultra low-cost carrier.

The new seats would allow the carrier to add six seats in one row to each aircraft, says Timothy Dooley, chief financial officer of Republic, at the 2012 Dahlman Rose Global Transportation Conference in New York today.

Denver-based Frontier has released a request for proposals to seat manufacturers and plans to complete installation of the new seats by 2014, says Dooley.

He adds that the plan is similar to what United Airlines is doing with the Recaro BL3520 slimline seat on its 152 Airbus A319 and A320s. The Chicago-based airline is adding up to 12 seats to each of the aircraft.

Frontier has 39 A319s and 16 A320s in its fleet, according to the Flightglobal Ascend database.