Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is looking to add even more Airbus narrowbodies in 2016 and 2017, and believes it can obtain good prices for used aircraft as new re-engined technology comes on board.
“We think the market will come to us,” says Allegiant president Andrew Levy at the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit. The carrier believes it will be able to have access to the right deals for such used aircraft, as re-engined aircraft like the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max enter into service in the coming years.
“We have a strong preference to buy our aircraft, it sometimes takes time to find the right deal,” says Levy.
The carrier’s latest fleet plan shows it will end 2016 and 2017 with a fleet of 79 aircraft in both years, but Levy says this is likely to change depending on whether the airline can purchase additional A320 family aircraft at the right price.
In June, Allegiant announced a series of deals that will see it acquire additional A320 family aircraft and purchasing aircraft it had previously agreed to lease. With the additions, Allegiant will have 32 A320 family aircraft – 22 A319s and 10 A320s – in its fleet by end-2018.
Levy says that over time, Allegiant’s mix of A320 family aircraft will weigh more heavily on the larger A320 variant.
The airline predominantly operates Boeing MD-80s, and has 53 of the type. However, it does not plan to acquire further MD-80s and has said it is planning future growth around the A320 family.