Las Vegas based low-cost carrier Allegiant Air have ordered four A319’s from Filipino Cebu Pacific. They are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2018. Allegiant have previously purchased six A319’s from the same airline. So far, three have been received and three more are to be delivered later in the year. By the end of the year, Allegiant expects to have 85 aircraft, consisting of 33 Airbus A320 family (17 A319’s and 16 A320’s). Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company Chief Operating Officer said:
This agreement to purchase additional aircraft from Cebu Pacific is an important step in our long-term transition to a single fleet type.
Ordering these aircraft is to improve operating efficiency. These are replacing the old McDonnel Douglas MD-80’s. The MD-80’s retirement date has been extended partially due to the lower fuel prices. Last November, Allegiant announced the retirement of their Boeing 757-200s, which totals five aircraft. This is expected to happen next August.