Boeing lands airplane order from US budget carrier Allegiant

<p><p>LAS VEGAS — Allegiant Air said Wednesday that it will buy 50 Boeing 737 Max jets and take options for 50 more, giving Chicago-based Boeing a major foothold in the discount airline’s all-Airbus fleet.</p></p><p><p>Financial terms were not released. The 737 Max 7 and Max 8 models selected by Allegiant list for $99.7 million and $121.6 million apiece, but airlines routinely receive deep discounts.</p></p><p><p><a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/aug/11/allegiant-air-adding-nonstop-flights-between-spoka/” target=”_blank”>Allegiant announced last year</a> that it was adding the flights between Spokane International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport beginning Nov. 22.</p></p><p><p>Earlier in 2021, Allegiant Air launched two direct flights from Spokane to Las Vegas and Orange County.</p></p><p><p>Allegiant said it will take delivery of the planes from 2023 through 2025.</p></p><p><p>Allegiant announced last year that it was adding the flights between Spokane International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport beginning Nov. 22.</p></p><p><p>Earlier in 2021, Allegiant Air launched two direct flights from Spokane to Las Vegas and Orange County.</p></p><p><p>Maurice Gallagher, the CEO and chairman of parent Allegiant Travel Co., said the Las Vegas-based company will continue to buy used planes but the Boeing deal gives it the flexibility to increase passenger-carrying capacity and retire older planes.</p></p><p><p>Boeing said the new jets would burn 20% less fuel than Allegiant’s current fleet, which includes 44 Airbus A320 planes and 31 slightly smaller Airbus A319s, according to the airline’s website.</p></p><p><p>Allegiant previously used MD-80 planes from McDonnell Douglas, which Boeing bought in 1999. The airline retired the last of those planes and went to an all-Airbus fleet in 2018.</p></p><p><p>Allegiant shares were down more than 8% in afternoon trading.</p></p>