Allegiant Air, an all-Airbus operator, has placed an order for up to 100 Boeing B737MAX aircraft. This is a big win for Boeing as the American aircraft manufacturer recently lost orders of both Qantas and Air France/KLM group to Airbus.
Allegiant goes for Boeing aircraft
Allegiant Air, an ultra low cost carrier based in the United States, has today placed an order for 50 Boeing B737MAX aircraft, with options for 50 additional airplanes. In Boeing’s first U.S. ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) deal, Allegiant has selected two models – the B737-7, the smallest member in the B737MAX family and B737-8-200 – in the B737MAX family.
Maurice J. Gallagher, Chairman and CEO, Allegiant Air, said:
Our approach to fleet has always been opportunistic, and this exciting transaction with Boeing is no exception. While the heart of our strategy continues to center on previously-owned aircraft, the infusion of up to 100 direct-from-the-manufacturer 737s will bring numerous benefits for the future – including flexibility for capacity growth and aircraft retirements, significant environmental benefits, and modern configuration and cabin features our customers will appreciate.
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Boeing and Allegiant will partner on entry-into-service support, enabling a smooth transition as the carrier adds the B737MAX into its operation. Allegiant will also utilize a suite of Boeing Global Services digital tools to further enhance operational efficiency. Presently, Allegiant is an all-Airbus operator with 108 Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft in its fleet.
Stan Deal, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said:
We are thrilled that Allegiant has selected Boeing and the 737 MAX as they position themselves for future growth, improved efficiency and operational cost performance. This deal further validates the economics of the 737 MAX family in the ULCC market and we’re excited to stand alongside Allegiant as they integrate these new airplanes into their fleet.
Meanwhile, Boeing recently made a comeback in the Airbus-dominated Indian domestic market when startup airline Akasa Air placed an order for 72 Boeing B737MAX aircraft.
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