Allegiant Air is a cost effective airline that over the years has had its fair share of critisism. However being bold and to serve areas that others dare not has made this airline into the successful business model that it is today.
Based in Nevada with it’s original founding in 1997 and starting operations in June of 1998 this airline continues to grow. Economically tough for the airline industry some have continued to suceed in their business models others have either folded or merged. Allegiant specializes in the smaller markets for flyers and its leisure destinations.
Expanding into Orlando International airport as another focus city to it’s routes the fleet will be working harder. Having said that many airlines lease or purchase new from manufacturers. Allegiant though has had some previous business deals with Scandinavian Airlines System which was seperated deals of aircraft. Two prior deals resulted in two MD-80 series aircraft.
With Allegiants expansion of serviced routes in addition the airline operates charters. Comprising of its vacation / leisure market and all of the above a continued expansion of it’s fleet is required to succeed.
A total of 18 MD-80 series aircraft are to be purchased from SAS and ad to Allegiants fleet by years end of 2011.
Source Airline Adviser 01/04/10