Allegiant Air to Add a319’s to its Fleet
Las Vegas based Allegiant Air has officially announced that it will be adding Airbus a319 aircraft to its fleet. The airline will lease 9 of the type from GE Aviation. Allegiant will also purchase an additional 10 of the type from Cebu Pacific of the Philippines. The a319 is a brand new type for Allegiant, which currently operates MD-80's on US mainland routes and 757's on flights to Hawaii. The airline operates Low Cost flights across the United States with a focus on the Pacific Coast and Las Vegas. Allegiant is popular because it connects passengers in small cities that don't get airline service otherwise to popular vacation destinations. Andrew Levy, President of Allegiant, has announced that a conference call will be conducted tomorrow to announce complete details of the a319 introduction. The public can listen in live at the company's website. I will also provide any updates here as they are announced. UPDATE 7/30/2012 @ 13:47 Eastern Delivery of the a319 aircraft will begin at the end of this year and continue through the middle of 2015. The first of the type will enter commercial revenue service sometime in the middle of next year. The 9 aircraft that will be leased from GE Aviation are currently in use with European Low Cost Carrier, Easyjet. All the aircraft will only be between 7 and 10 years old when they are delivered. This will complement Allegiant's aging MD-80 fleet. The airline plans to retire its 2 MD-87's next year as they are no longer economical. In the airline's conference call to announce the details of the new aircraft, they emphasized how the aircrafts extended range will allow many new route opportunities. Stay tuned for any additional updates.