DENVER (June 6, 2002) - Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: FRNT) today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent with LiveTV to customize the seats in its fleet with DIRECTVå® satellite programming. Installation of the equipment on Frontier`s fleet of Airbus A319 and select Boeing aircraft is scheduled to begin in October 2002 and the airline plans to complete the installations by spring 2003. Frontier and LiveTV expect to sign a definitive purchase and services agreement for DIRECTV programming by July 1, 2002, and once that is completed, Frontier will be the largest air carrier to enter into an agreement with LiveTV to offer the DIRECTVå® service on board its aircraft.
The new DIRECTV® service will enable customers to choose from 24 channels of real-time DIRECTV AIRBORNE? programming from their individual seat. Programming includes news, business, sports, leisure, children`s and general DIRECTV programming. DIRECTV programming will be available from gate to gate (with the exception of the safety briefing) and passengers can track the flight`s progress on screen with real-time aircraft positioning information during the flight.
“Our decision to provide our customers with the opportunity to enjoy DIRECTV programming reflects Frontier`s passion for providing our customers the best travel experience possible,” said Vice President Marketing and Planning Sean Menke. “Frontier is excited to offer this new service, which we believe will have a tremendous appeal for our customers and will set Frontier apart in the industry.”
“We`re thrilled to be part of the Frontier team and offer its customers the at-home entertainment experience on every flight,” said Glenn Latta, executive vice president of LiveTV. “LiveTV has proven to be an extremely reliable platform that can be customized to meet both current and future needs of Frontier`s passengers. Anyone who has experienced personal DIRECTV programming in-flight understands the tremendous value it provides passengers making the travel experience more fun and making time fly.”
“Frontier`s passengers will have the opportunity to enjoy the same digital quality picture and sound that millions of families now experience in their homes,” said Larry Chapman, executive vice president, DIRECTV, Inc. “With real-time entertainment and information programming available via DIRECTV AIRBORNE, air travelers no longer have to be out of touch with the world when they fly.”
The DIRECTV AIRBORNE? programming package available on Frontier will include: Bloomberg Television, CNN Headline News, MSNBC/CNBC, The Weather Channel, CourtTV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, The Golf Channel, The Travel Channel, Home and Garden TV, The Food Network, Game Show Network, A&E, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, Boomerang, DIRECTV Sports, and special sporting and entertainment events.
In conjunction with this announcement, Frontier has decreased its capacity growth estimates for fiscal year 2003 from 34.5 percent to 33.6 percent to account for installation time. This information, as well as Frontier`s fiscal quarter 2003 capacity estimates, is located in the Investor Relations portion of Frontier`s Web site at www.frontierairlines.com.
About DIRECTV: DIRECTV is the nation`s leading digital satellite television service provider with more than 10.5 million customers. DIRECTV, the Cyclone Design logo and DIRECTV AIRBORNE are trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of Hughes Electronics Corp. HUGHES is the world`s leading provider of digital television entertainment, broadband services, satellite-based private business networks, and global video and data broadcasting. The earnings of HUGHES, a unit of General Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (GMH). For more information, visit www.DIRECTV.com.
About LiveTV: LiveTV provides turnkey in-flight entertainment systems for single-aisle commercial aircraft including satellite delivered audio, audio/video and Internet services. The airline industry`s only true real-time, at-home entertainment experience in the air, LiveTV`s real-time satellite TV system includes individual seatback monitors, armrest remotes and volume controls that allow passengers to select from 24 real-time satellite TV viewing options. More than 6 million passengers have used the LiveTV system since its introduction in April 2000. For more information, visit LiveTV on the World Wide Web at www.livetvifs.com.
About Frontier: Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport with a fleet of 31 aircraft and employing approximately 2,900 aviation professionals. Frontier and its affiliate Frontier JetExpress currently serve 32 U.S. cities with 170 daily flights. In 1999, 2000 and 2001, Frontier`s maintenance and engineering department received the Federal Aviation Administration`s highest award, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of 100 percent of its maintenance and engineering employees completing advanced aircraft maintenance training programs. In April 2002, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Frontier one of two “Best Low-Fare Airlines,” and in September 2001, Fortune Magazine ranked Frontier 41st on its 100 Fastest Growing Companies list. Frontier provides capacity information and other operating statistics on its Web site, which may be viewed at www.frontierairlines.com.