Allegiant to buy Boeing 757s

Boeing image
Boeing image

March 8: Las Vegas-based low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is to buy six second-hand Boeing 757-200s at a cost of some $90 million, with the first expected to be delivered “within the next two months”. It hopes to have all six aircraft in service by the first half of 2012.
The six aircraft have been in service with a single European operator since delivery from Boeing and are equipped for extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS), as required for long overwater flights to Hawaii, which Allegiant wants to serve, something it cannot do with its existing MD-80 fleet.
Allegiant Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Maurice J Gallagher Jr., said “Hawaii is the most prominent US leisure destination currently not served by Allegiant and our small city customers have been requesting this service.”