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  • Joe Breitfeller

Allegiant Air Orders up to 100 Boeing 737-7 and 737-8-200 MAX Jets

Allegiant Air has ordered 50 Boeing 737 MAX jets, with options for up to 50 additional airplanes. The order includes the smallest Boeing 737-7 MAX as well as the high capacity 737-8-200 models.


Allegiant Air Boeing 737-7 and 737-8-200 MAX Renderings - Courtesy Boeing

On Wednesday (January 5, 2022), Boeing announced that U.S. ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Allegiant Air has ordered up to 100 737 MAX airplanes. The deal includes an order for 50 737 MAX jets, with options for up to 50 more and will include the smallest 737-7 MAX model as well as the high capacity 737-8-200 MAX. The Boeing 737 MAX Family provides the lowest seat-mile costs for a single aisle aircraft, high dispatch reliability and commonality, allowing operators to optimize their fleets across a broad range of missions. The smaller Boeing 737-7 offers low operating costs, enabling airlines to open new routes with less economic risk, while the larger 737-8-200 offers added revenue potential and is right-sized for ULCC expansion. The landmark order marks Boeing’s first U.S. ultra-low-cost carrier deal.


In Wednesday’s announcement, Allegiant’s Chairman and CEO, Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., said,


“Our approach to fleet has always been opportunistic, and this exciting transaction with Boeing is no exception. While the heart of our strategy continues to center on previously-owned aircraft, the infusion of up to 100 direct-from-the-manufacturer 737s will bring numerous benefits for the future – including flexibility for capacity growth and aircraft retirements, significant environmental benefits, and modern configuration and cabin features our customers will appreciate.”


Also commenting on the new order, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO, Stan Deal, said,


"We are thrilled that Allegiant has selected Boeing and the 737 MAX as they position themselves for future growth, improved efficiency and operational cost performance. This deal further validates the economics of the 737 MAX family in the ULCC market and we're excited to stand alongside Allegiant as they integrate these new airplanes into their fleet.”


Compared to Allegiant’s current all-Airbus fleet of 108 A319s and A320s, the new Boeing 737 models will reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20 percent. Boeing and Allegiant will also partner on entry-into-service support, enabling a smooth transition as the airline integrates the 737s into their fleet. Additionally, Allegiant will utilize a suite of Boeing Global Services digital tools to further enhance operational efficiency.


Founded in 1999, Allegiant is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, and a focus on linking passengers from small to medium cities to world-class leisure destinations with all non-stop flights and industry-low average fares. The company offers base airfares that are often half the price of a typical roundtrip ticket and currently operates an all-Airbus A320 Family fleet.


Boeing (NYSE:BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.



Source(s): Boeing, Allegiant Travel Company