Indigo going ahead with Frontier Airlines purchase

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 9: A Frontier Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at the Pittsburgh International Airport July 9, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Frontier Airlines, based in Denver, has announced that it will layoff 456 employees that include 152 pilots and 169 flight attendants, among other positions, according to state officials. Citing high oil prices, Frontier plans to ground seven planes and reduce the number of seats it flies by 17 percent this fall. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Jeff Swensen

DENVER Indigo Partners LLC is going ahead with plans to buy Frontier Airlines, even though it failed reach an agreement with the carrier's flight attendants' union.

The Phoenix-based firm agreed at the end of September to purchase Frontier from parent company Republic Airways Holdings (RJET) on the condition it could successfully negotiate agreements with the pilots and flight attendants.

The deal, which is now based on equity and business conditions, is expected to close later this month pending regulatory approval.

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