Eagle-eyed aviation enthusiasts may soon spot a brand new Frontier Airlines tail animal. Working with the Jamaica Tourist Board, its upcoming Airbus A321neo will feature Jamaica’s national bird, the Red-Billed Streamer Tail Hummingbird, or doctor bird for short.
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Named for the late hotelier and founder of Sandals Resorts, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Stewart the RedBilled Streamer Tail will celebrate the rich heritage of the Caribbean island. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled for 2023.
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While Frontier Airlines typically features endangered American wildlife, the new choice is a notable exception in honoring Caribbean culture. Native to Jamaica, the doctor bird is a diverse species, recognizable by its bright, iridescent plume, and is often depicted in local folklore and music.
“The launch of this new aircraft tail with the medical bird demonstrates the increasingly supportive relationship that Jamaica shares with Frontier Airlines,” explained the Honorable Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism of Jamaica.
“As the island’s national bird, the doctor bird helps tell the story of Jamaica’s rich culture and identity. It’s significant that Frontier celebrates the importance of both by showcasing the darling symbol on its tail.
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Jamaica’s aviation and tourism industry is experiencing a massive rebound, with a record 5 million tourists returning to enjoy the sun, sea, culture and cocktails since the country reopened its borders in 2020 The collaboration with Frontier Airlines is not the only marketing driver for Jamaica. Tourist Office; the organization recently launched a series of new advertisements amid the influx of tourists to promote its scenic landscape and welcoming community, focusing on helping holidaymakers rediscover their ‘sense of adventure.’
By November, the island is expected to see 391 weekly flights from 25 destinations around the world, reaching around 90% of its pre-pandemic airport traffic by December 2022, according to the Jamaica Airports Authority.
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Frontier Airlines has rapidly expanded its presence in Jamaica over the past few years. Since 2019, the carrier has ranked first among the fastest growing airlines based on the number of seats to serve the country. Since 2022, Frontier Airlines has been operating flights between Jamaica and nine destinations across the United States.
In 2022 alone, the airline introduced two new routes to Norman Manly International Airport (KIN) in Kingston from Atlanta (ATL) and Miami (MIA). More flights to Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport (MBJ) from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), St Louis (STL), Denver (DEN) and Chicago Midway (MDW) are scheduled to launch in February.
The low-cost carrier began featuring a range of animals and their stories on its jets in the 1990s, continuing the tradition with the conversion of its fleet of Boeing 737s to Airbus A320s.
Frontier Airlines has used its featured creatures to highlight sustainability and conservation across the Americas, with notable tails including Juan the Puerto Rican parrot, a critically endangered species with fewer than 30 in the state. wild, Crystal the manatee, an endangered marine mammal residing around the United States Gulf Coast, and Frederick the Bald Eagle, a protected species renowned for its symbolic representation of courage and strength.
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