Frontier unveils plans to shed four A318s

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Frontier Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, is planning adjustments to its fleet plan for the coming months, replacing smaller aircraft with larger narrowbodies.

This September, the airline will remove five aircraft, four A318s and one E-170, from service. The airline reports that two aircraft will return to lessors, while the other three have been sold.

Once the A318s are removed, Frontier will have five A318s remaining in its fleet, according to the Flightglobal ACAS database.

The airline has also arranged for the delivery of six new Airbus A320s during the first half of 2011. Daniel Shurz, Frontier's VP of planning strategy says that the aircraft "will provide us with a net capacity increase and a reduction in unit costs, making us more competitive".

The airline has also announced that it would cease service to Boise, Idaho on 1 December, but return on 17 April. Frontier currently flies to Boise twice daily, once with an A318 and once with an E-190. Southwest Airlines and United Airlines also operate on the route.