Feb 4, 2002
DENVER, February 4, 2002 -- Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT - news) is proud to introduce Miles 4 Smiles, a new charitable donation program through the airline's frequent flyer program, EarlyReturns. With Miles 4 Smiles, EarlyReturns members may contribute their EarlyReturns frequent flyer miles to their choice of four charities. To kick off the program, Frontier employees selected The Adoption Exchange, Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation, El Jebel Shrine and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as initial recipients.
"Frontier Airlines and its employees have a long history of supporting charitable efforts in our communities; we hope to promote charitable giving as both a foundation of a fulfilling life and as a cornerstone of a successful business," said Jeff Potter, president and COO of Frontier Airlines. "Establishing a program like Miles 4 Smiles has been a long-standing goal of Frontier and we are extremely proud to have developed a program for our customers which benefits organizations that are important to our employees."
EarlyReturns members earn one mile for every mile flown on Frontier, plus additional mileage with program partners. Members may donate miles to the charity of their choice via Miles 4 Smiles by contacting the EarlyReturns desk at 1-866-263-2759 and requesting a transfer from their account to the organization of their choice. There is a 1,000-mile minimum donation and Frontier will match every four miles transferred with one mile. Thus, if a supporter transfers 10,000 miles, Frontier will add an additional 2,500 miles to the organization's account. With EarlyReturns' generous return program, organizations will receive a free round-trip flight on Frontier with just 15,000 miles. Frontier will also inaugurate this year's program by donating 30,000 miles to each of the four organizations.
Description of Miles 4 Smiles Charities for 2002
The Adoption Exchange provides the connection between children and adoptive families. The Adoption Exchange is a child welfare organization founded to ensure that all children have safety and permanence in their lives. The agency has an eighteen-year history of finding families for more than 3,200 children with a broad range of special needs. With headquarters in Colorado, Adoption Exchange offices operate in Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and Missouri. Ticket donations provide this organization with travel between their offices and, most importantly, a means to transport children to adoption recruitment opportunities.
The Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance our natural treasures for the benefit of both wildlife and people today, tomorrow and always, through land preservation, wildlife education and research, field-managed partnerships and fund stewardship. The Miles 4 Smiles program gives this non-profit organization an opportunity to provide additional resources toward the betterment of our State's wildlife by opening doors for our employees, employees of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, other wildlife non-profit groups and today's youth. Ticket donations will be used to transport employees to educational seminars and wildlife experts to Colorado-based meetings. In addition, it gives the foundation an educational opportunity for our urban youth to travel around the State to learn about our precious wildlife and limited resources.
The El Jebel Shrine is a branch of The Shrine of North America, whose sole philanthropy is the support of Shriners Hospitals for Children, which are dedicated to providing free orthopaedic and burn medical treatment to children 18 years and younger without regard to race, color, creed or financial need. There is never a charge to the patient, parent or any third party for any service or medical treatment received at Shriners Hospitals for Children, and no U.S. Government funding of any kind is sought or accepted for any medical care. The Shriners' focus is on treatment, research and education for orthopaedic disabilities, missing limbs, spinal cord injuries, brittle bone disease and burn injuries. Twenty-two Shriners Hospitals and Burns centers are located in cities throughout North America and ticket donations assist the Shriners in transporting children to those centers.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and, therefore, is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence. Their work includes coalition-building at local, state, regional and national levels, support for the provision of community-based, nonviolent alternatives, such as safe home and shelter programs, public education and technical assistance, policy development and innovative legislation. Ticket donations help this group travel to national events with the opportunity to lobby for legislation and support for the organization's cause.
Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the second-largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport, serving 25 cities coast to coast with a fleet of 29 aircraft and employing approximately 2,400 aviation professionals. In June 2001, BusinessWeek ranked Frontier 14th on its list of Hot Growth Companies and in September 2001, Fortune magazine ranked Frontier 41st on its 100 Fastest Growing Companies list. Frontier provides capacity and other data and industry comparisons on its Web site, which may be viewed at www.frontierairlines.com.
Frontier Airlines Tracey Kelly, 720/374-4504 CorpComm@flyfrontier.com
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