Frontier Airlines Holdings
|Former type||Airline Holding Company|
|Successor(s)||Republic Airways Holdings|
|Founded||April 3, 2006|
|Defunct||October 1, 2009|
Airline divisions and operations
||Airline or contracted regional airline operating flights for or flying in brand colors of:||Codeshares with, flight numbers ranging:||Number and type of aircraft||Number of Seats:|
|Frontier Airlines||F9||FFT||FRONTIER FLIGHT||Frontier Airlines||Great Lakes (ZK) 5001 - 5999
Lynx Aviation (L4) 3001 - 3999
|09 Airbus A318-110
39 Airbus A319-100
04 Airbus A320-200
132 - 136
|Lynx Aviation||L4||SSX||SHASTA||Frontier Airlines Operated by Lynx Aviation||11 Bombardier Q400
|70-74 (70 in aircraft with ski bins)|
The company was formed from a reorganization of Frontier Airlines on April 3, 2006. Frontier created Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc., a holding company incorporated in Delaware to take advantage of favorable tax law of "Delaware General Corporation Law" in that state. The new corporate headquarters was located in Colorado.
On September 6, 2006, Frontier Holdings announced that a new division known as Lynx Aviation, would operate 10 Bombardier Q400 aircraft beginning in May 2007 as Frontier Express. Service with the Q400's has been rescheduled to begin on October 1, 2007. The 'Lynx' name plays off of the tail pictures of its planes, specifically Larry the Lynx, and the fact that it "links" smaller airports to the main Denver hub. One reason for the change is to help reduce costs; the company hopes the change will allow Frontier Airlines to cut costs on routes 650 miles or shorter by 30%, allowing entry into new markets. by paying employees less.
On August 4, 2008, Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. announced it was moving forward with an alternate transaction for post-petition debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (through its affiliates), and AQR Capital offered Frontier up to $75 million in DIP financing, with an immediate firm commitment and funding of $30 million. This new DIP facility provides Frontier with lower financing costs, less restrictive covenants and greater flexibility to pursue strategic opportunities without being constrained by more restrictive DIP provisions. The alternate DIP facility is subject to bankruptcy court approval and to various conditions.
The Bankruptcy Court confirmed Frontier's reorganization plan on September 10, 2009, and Frontier emerged from Chapter 11 on October 1, 2009 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings.
- "Frontier Airlines Fact Sheet". Frontier Airlines. Retrieved 2006-11-01.
- Yamanouchi, Kelly (2006-09-06). "Frontier thinking small to go bigger". Denver Post. Retrieved 2006-09-07.
- "Frontier Airlines Files for Chapter 11 Reorganization; Normal Operations Continuing and Unaffected" (Press release). Frontier Airlines. 2008-04-11. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Frontier Airlines Receives Alternative Commitment for Debtor in Possession Financing" (Press release). Frontier Airlines. August 4, 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Frontier Airlines’ Plan of Reorganization Confirmed by Bankruptcy Court" (Press release). Frontier Airlines. September 10, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Frontier Airlines Emerges from Chapter 11 Protection" (Press release). Frontier Airlines. October 1, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2010.