Allegiant could add more A320s as early as 2016

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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is seeking to add more Airbus A320 family aircraft as early as 2016, after it introduced the type to its fleet last year.

"We're particularly focused on bringing on aircraft in [20]16, [20]17 and [20]18 at this point in time," says Allegiant's president Andrew Levy in an earnings call on 23 April. "We're looking forward to having a lot more than this time next year."

Allegiant ended the first quarter of 2014 with three Airbus A319s and seven A320s. The airline has said it is open to adding more of the type to its predominantly Boeing MD-80 fleet. It also operates Boeing 757s.

"We like the fleet decision we've made to grow [with] the Airbus and we believe that that would prove to be a very, very good long term decision," says Levy, adding that the airline is "very firm on price" when it comes to acquiring additional aircraft.

Allegiant will add one additional A319 by end-2014, and six more A319s and two more A320s by end-2015, according to a fleet plan it released on 23 April. These will complete all of its A320 family deliveries.