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Frontier Airlines unveils Hispaniolan Parakeet tail design celebrating Dominican Republic partnership

Thursday, February 8, 2024

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Frontier Airlines, a leading ultra-low-cost carrier, recently celebrated the arrival of its newest A321neo aircraft, which proudly displays Domingo and Andrea, the Hispaniolan parakeets, on its tail. This gesture is in honor of the airline’s valued partnership with the Dominican Republic. Frontier operates flights to six destinations from Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo and to nine destinations from Punta Cana International Airport.

Each Frontier aircraft tail showcases a distinct animal, named and storied, often representing endangered, threatened, or vulnerable species. The Hispaniolan parakeet, known locally as perico or periquito, is a medium-sized bird native to Hispaniola, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. These birds, which inhabit diverse landscapes from forests to urban areas, are considered vulnerable due to significant declines in population caused by habitat destruction and the pet trade.

The parakeets named on the new plane, Domingo and Andrea, carry special meanings. Domingo represents the capital of the Dominican Republic, while Andrea pays tribute to Andrea Thomen, a lead scientist working on conserving the parakeet and its natural habitats.

Frontier Airlines offers flights from Santo Domingo to various U.S. cities including San Juan, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami, as well as from Punta Cana to cities like San Juan, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, and others.

“We are thrilled to introduce this new aircraft that honors the treasured pericos of Hispaniola and our very important destination partner the Dominican Republic,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president of marketing, Frontier Airlines. “Our mission is to bring attention to threatened animal species throughout North America and we take pride in shining a light on these beloved, colorful parakeets that bring such joy to the people of the Dominican Republic.”

Fernando J. Abreu, Director of Airline Relations of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, said, “The choice to celebrate our endemic Hispaniolan parakeets, locally known as the pericos or periquitos, by naming a plane ‘Domingo and Andrea the Hispaniolan Parakeets,’ reflects a deep understanding of the unique natural treasures the Dominican Republic holds. We extend our sincere gratitude to Frontier Airlines for recognizing the allure of our natural wonders and their impact on tourism. Our destination welcomes visitors from around the world to experience the beauty of our land, engage in bird watching, and contribute to the conservation efforts that make the Dominican Republic truly extraordinary.”

As a subsidiary of Frontier Group Holdings, Inc., Frontier Airlines is dedicated to providing “Low Fares Done Right.” Based in Denver, Colorado, the airline operates a fleet of 134 A320 family aircraft, boasting the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S. Frontier’s focus on fuel efficiency, through high-density seating and weight-saving measures, positions it as the most fuel-efficient major U.S. carrier. With over 210 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier is set to expand further, continuing its mission to make air travel more affordable across America.

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