From Denver to Milwaukee I had a chance to fly on a brand new Frontier Airlines A321neo. While Frontier packs a lot of seats into this narrow-body aircraft and there were some antics on the flight, overall it was another smooth flight.
Frontier Airlines A321neo Review
Frontier received its latest Airbus A321neo in August 2023 and now has five in its fleet (with two more yet to be delivered). The aircraft seats a whopping 240 passengers onboard in an all-economy class configuration and is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.
After a 3.5-hour layover in Denver, mostly spent in the Capital One Lounge, I boarded my flight to Milwaukee. The gate agent was very pleasant and did not check the size of personal items very closely for those boarding in front of me (some with bags that were larger than the published 8 inches x 18 inches x 14 inches limit).
Frontier Airlines 434
Denver (DEN) – Milwaukee (MKE)
Depart: 12:21 PM
Arrive: 03:46 PM
Duration: 02hr, 25min
Distance: 896 miles
Aircraft: Airbus A321neo
I found a pleasant woman already seated in the middle seat who had a ball of yarn. She was knitting socks and also had a book…a perfect, quiet seatmate.
Per aeroLOPA, you can expect the following legroom onboard:
- Rows 2 to 3 (designated “Stretch” seats): 32 inches
- Rows 4 to 17: 28.2 inches
- Rows 18 and 19 (“Stretch”): 35 inches
- Rows 20 to 28: 28.5 inches
- Rows 30 to 41 ABC: 27.8 inches
- Rows 30 to 40 DEF: 28.5 inches
So in my case, my 35C seat had the tightest legroom at only 27.8 inches. But I’ve got to admit, it did not feel so tight. The seats are so thin and there is no recline so I suppose that gives the illusion of more legroom.
Compared to the A320 I flew out to Denver on, the A321neo featured a tray table that was nearly double the size (still smaller than standard), which allowed me to open it and place my 15-inch laptop on during the flight.
There are no power plugs, USB ports, Wi-Fi, or any sort of in-flight-entertainment. Come prepared! There are air vents, at least.
Despite the 240 seats onboard, there are only three lavatories onboard, one in the front and two in the rear. In order to maximize space, the rear lavatories are located behind the crew jump seats. They are quite tight, though at least have the water pressure set in such a way that it does not splash all over.
Food + Drink
Water is complimentary, but all other snacks and beverages are available for purchase from the “Fly Bar.” Soft drinks, coffee, and tea are on the pricier side ($4.39), while snacks and alcohol are about on par with legacy carriers. Bundles are available.
For the fun of it, I ordered a “Griz snack pack” that included:
- smoked Gouda cheese
- Madi K roasted almonds
- Mario Savory pepper snack olives
- Wheat Thins crackers
- Toblerone chocolate
It cost $9.39. Hardly worthwhile for the junk food, but it was nice to have something to nibble on.
Seats are tight and while I don’t think the aisle width is any narrower than Frontier’s competitors, there was a flight attendant who marched up and down the aisle with the following admonition:
“Watch your head, watch your shoulders, watch your knees, watch your legs. I’ve got wide hips y’all!”
She was a big woman, but so good-natured about it (and yes, she did bump me…I was seated on the aisle and wasn’t even sticking out).
Then came the in-flight announcement:
“Please keep the alcohol you brought onboard with you, including the minis, in your carry-on bag. You are not allowed to drink them during this flight.”
But overall the service was efficient and fine.
We landed about five minutes ahead of schedule in Milwaukee and quickly pulled up to the gate. Thus concludes my Frontier Airlines report: two flights, both smooth and on-time with decent service and no real drama.
I’m not going to ever go out of my way to fly Frontier, but when it is 1/7 the cost of a legacy carrier and I am traveling light, it really makes a lot of sense. I hope that Frontier finds profit in its future because I think the carrier is good for America and good for competition.