Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 61° Cloudy
News >  Business

Boeing lands airplane order from US budget carrier Allegiant

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 5, 2022

An Allegiant Air jet taxis on June 6, 2018, in Valparaiso, Fla. Allegiant Air announced Wednesday that it is ordering new planes from Boeing.   (Associated Press )
An Allegiant Air jet taxis on June 6, 2018, in Valparaiso, Fla. Allegiant Air announced Wednesday that it is ordering new planes from Boeing.  (Associated Press )
From staff and wire reports

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.

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.

Allegiant announced last year that it was adding the flights between Spokane International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport beginning Nov. 22.

Earlier in 2021, Allegiant Air launched two direct flights from Spokane to Las Vegas and Orange County.

Allegiant said it will take delivery of the planes from 2023 through 2025.

Allegiant announced last year that it was adding the flights between Spokane International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport beginning Nov. 22.

Earlier in 2021, Allegiant Air launched two direct flights from Spokane to Las Vegas and Orange County.

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.

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.

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.

Allegiant shares were down more than 8% in afternoon trading.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox

Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.