Posted on: 20 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Allegiant has announced its intention to purchase a 50th Airbus aircraft – an A320 – from Airbus Financial Services, which will begin operations in early 2016 as part of Allegiant’s long-term transition to an all-Airbus fleet.
The move comes in a bid to improve operational efficiency, making longer routes and off-peak flying profitable. Allegiant says its Orlando/Sanford to Bismarck, and Phoenix/Mesa to Fort Wayne routes have been made successful with the introduction of Airbus aircraft.
By the end of 2015, the airline’s in-service Airbus fleet will number 25, consisting of 15 A320s and 10 A319s, as part of a total fleet of 82 aircraft in revenue service. The remaining 25 committed Airbus aircraft will be delivered to Allegiant through 2018.
“By the end of 2016, Allegiant will be a majority Airbus carrier as measured by available seat miles,” commented Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company’s senior vice-president of planning. “This is an exciting milestone for Allegiant having taken delivery of our first Airbus aircraft just in 2013.”
Allegiant anticipates adding further aircraft commitments as opportunities for new transactions arise.