DENVER (TVLW) – Congratulations! It’s a baby lynx kitten, and a wolf puppy, and a mountain lion cub. These are some of the animals on the tails of the new Lynx Aviation aircraft, which after months of training, proving runs and a rigorous certifications process, took to the skies on Friday, Dec. 7, with an inaugural flight to Billings, Mont. Colorado-based Lynx, a wholly owned subsidiary of Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRNT) , will serve as Frontier’s newest regional partner serving destinations within a 750-mile radius of its Denver hub. With its fleet of 10 state-of-the-art Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft, Lynx employs more than 250 aviation professionals and currently serves routes for Frontier including Denver to Billings, Rapid City, Sioux City, Tulsa and Wichita.
How does Lynx benefit Frontier?
— Diversification: The Q400 is an extraordinary modern turboprop that is
ideal for flying into smaller markets, allowing Frontier to reach
underserved markets previously unreachable with its current mainline
and regional jet fleets.
— Efficiency: Within the range Frontier will be flying the Q400, the
aircraft offers a 30 percent reduction in fuel-burn with no loss in
speed compared to similarly sized jets, making it one of the most
fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft in the skies
— Comfort: Unlike turboprop aircraft of the past, the Q400 features a
revolutionary Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) system, which makes
this aircraft the quietest, most vibration-free turboprop in the sky.
“People have been asking if this is the right time to start a project like this,” said Sean Menke, Frontier President and CEO. “To me, it’s the perfect time. We can move into markets with less competition and have more opportunity to feed connecting traffic through our hub — all with a very fuel-efficient aircraft that burns 30 percent less fuel than a comparably sized regional jet (RJ). We believe Lynx will be a critical component as we focus on the long-term profitability of this Company.”
“Starting a new airline is certainly a challenging process, but from the beginning we knew we would be successful because we had the support of Frontier and the tremendous employees at Lynx,” said Tom Nunn, President of Lynx Aviation. “The first flight to Billings was a great moment for all of us. We look forward to contributing to the future success of Frontier and we are eager to show Frontier’s customers that the Frontier experience is alive and well with the new Lynx Q400.”
The Bombardier Q400
The Q400 is an extraordinary modern turboprop that is ideal for flying into smaller markets, allowing Frontier to bring its industry-leading customer service to underserved markets unreachable with its mainline and regional jet fleets. In the range that Frontier will be flying the Q400, it offers a 30 percent reduction in fuel-burn with no loss in speed compared to similarly sized jets, making it one of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft in the skies today. The low fuel burn combined with jet speeds offers Frontier exceptional economics while providing its passengers with the comfort and quality of service that they expect from Frontier.
Unlike turboprop aircraft of the past, the Q400 features a revolutionary Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) System, which makes this aircraft the quietest, most vibration-free turboprop in the sky. The NVS system attacks noise at its source-airframe vibration caused by pressure pulses from the propeller blades beating against the fuselage. During flight, concealed microphones measure noise levels and propeller vibration and send this information to an onboard computer. This computer continually analyzes the information before sending it to devices called Active Tuned Vibration Absorbers (ATVAs), which are mounted on the fuselage frames. The absorbers produce counter vibrations that all but cancel out the original vibrations. The result is a sharp reduction in both cabin vibration and noise, and a remarkable increase in passenger comfort.