Allegiant Air closes third 757 sale and leaseback

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NASDAQ-listed low-cost carrier Allegiant Air has closed the sale and leaseback of a third Boeing 757-200 with Sunrise Asset Management. The aircraft was purchased from AerCap and was previously operated by Thomson Airways.

The 1994 vintage aircraft (MSN 27236) was delivered earlier this week to Allegiant and is scheduled to enter into service next month. It is powered by two Rolls-Royce RB211 engines.

The sale follows on the heels of another former Thomson Airways 757-200 (MSN 27235), which Sunrise acquired from AerCap last month. This aircraft is still parked and waiting to begin flights for Allegiant, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

Allegiant counts one other 757-200 in its fleet - a 1992-built variant with winglets - which Sunrise again bought from AerCap in 2011.

The remaining 56 active aircraft in Allegiant's portfolio comprise Boeing MD-80 aircraft, according to Ascend. The airline, which owns all its aircraft, has an additional 10 MD-80s in storage.