Industry Allegiant Air signs agreement to purchase up to 100 737 MAX jets

U.S-American Low-Cost operator Allegiant Air has signed a purchase deal for up to 100 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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The U.S.-American companies Allegiant Air and Boeing have announced to have signed a purchase agreement for up to 100 new Boeing 737 MAX 7 and 8 jets, which will replace aging aircraft in the airline´s fleet over the course of its modernization program.

The signed order consists of 50 firm MAX aircraft and purchase rights for 50 additional planes. Within the MAX family, Allegiant Air opted for two models, the smaller 737-7 and the high-density version 737-8-200, which is particularly popular with low-cost carriers.

Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Allegiant chairman and CEO, commented: "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."

Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO, added: "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."

In the last years, Allegiant Air phased out the remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft and replaced them with new Airbus A320 Family aircraft. Currently, the airline operates with 35 Airbus A319s and 86 A320s, of which the carrier plans to add more in the future.

The MAX aircraft will add to the airline´s portfolio and Allegiant Air will have the help of Boeing with entry-into-service support to guarantee a smooth transition into 737 MAX operations. To enhance the overall operational efficiency, the airline will also use the Boeing Global Services suite.

Allegiant Air is a long-standing airline in the United States of America. The Low-Cost airline was founded in 1998 and has its main operational hub at Las Vegas McCarran airport. Allegiant primarily operates scheduled passenger services to domestic destinations within the country.

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