Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) today announced an agreement with Boeing to purchase 50 new 737 MAX aircraft as part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to modernize and expand its fleet.
The multi-year deal – Boeing’s first with an ultra-low-cost carrier in the United States – includes the purchase of 737-7 and 737-8-200 models, as well as options to purchase 50 additional aircraft, giving the company flexibility for future growth. Allegiant will take delivery of an initial group of planes in 2023, with the remaining deliveries scheduled throughout 2024 and 2025.
Allegiant’s unique ULCC business model has been primarily focused on high quality used aircraft to maintain lower fixed costs. However, the pandemic recovery cycle has brought to Allegiant unique opportunities to acquire new equipment, including this aircraft-family solution, which will add significant economic and operational benefits for years to come.
The arrangement with Boeing will allow Allegiant to replace aircraft that are scheduled to retire while also expanding the fleet to maintain the company’s projected 10 percent-plus annual growth rate.
The Boeing 737s come equipped with several innovative in-cabin features – such as Boeing Sky Interior and Space Bins – that create a feeling of spaciousness, provide more leg room and make storing and retrieving carry-on luggage easier for passengers. Additionally, the new aircraft will burn approximately 20 percent less fuel than older Airbus A320 family aircraft. while also offering increased seating capacity.
The aircraft will be powered with CFM LEAP 1-B engines. Allegiant has signed a 12-year exclusive maintenance agreement with CFM for the LEAP engine fleet, which will also bring support for the existing Airbus fleet. Allegiant currently operates 108 Airbus A319s and A320s and will continue sourcing A320s in the used market.