An Allegiant A320 within the present livery, seen at Kansas Metropolis Worldwide – Picture: C.T. Thongklin
Late final month Allegiant introduced plans to amass twelve new Airbus A320s. Airways make fleet bulletins typically, however this one was of explicit significance for numerous causes.
Allegiant’s order for brand new A320s:
First, this order for brand-new planes, direct from Airbus, alerts a change in normal working process for the Las Vegas-based ultra-low-cost provider (ULCC). Traditionally, Allegiant had shirked the development of its ULCC friends, each domestically and overseas, of adopting fuel-efficient, trendy plane. As an alternative, the airline has had a well known choice for less expensive mid-to-late life secondhand McDonnell Douglas MD-80 sequence planes. Cheaper planes equate to decrease fares, and better margins. This idea is just not new; many finances carriers have used that mannequin and benefited drastically from it (some have not). Allegiant isn’t any exception. The airline is so well-known for this choice, the truth is, that few understand that the airline started buying Airbus plane in 2013. I personally was shocked to study that the variety of obtainable seat miles flown by Allegiant’s Airbus fleet is sort of tied with that of their bigger McDonnell Douglas fleet. Jude Bricker, Allegiant Journey Firm senior vp of planning, confirms expectations that the Airbus fleet will tip the scales by the shut of 2016.
Older, used Airbus planes are identified for being attractively priced. That is one thing Allegiant noticed as early as 2012 when the airline introduced plans to amass its first batch of A319s. Then-President Andrew C. Levy acknowledged, “A319 asset values have considerably declined and now mirror the surroundings we noticed once we first started shopping for MD-80s.” Whereas Airbus has centered a lot of its consideration on pushing its newer and better priced NEO (new engine choice) fashions, it appears current Airbus variants and future present engine choice (CEO) deliveries are effectively positioned to turn into as ubiquitous because the a lot beloved, finances pleasant, long-lived MD-80s they’re slowly however steadily changing.
Alongside this announcement, the airline unveiled plans for an incremental livery modification. Two last contenders had been chosen, and staff got an choice to vote on which might be adopted.
Allegiant publicizes A320 buy and new livery candidates – Picture: Allegiant’s Fb
Which did the staff select?
#TeamA wins. Allegiant’s new livery, as determined by their staff. – Picture: Allegiant
From a design perspective, each liveries are incremental changes over the present “Sunburst Tail” livery. After a fast polling interval, the airline quietly introduced that the new livery will probably be comprised of the ahead leaning sun-stripes, represented by idea “A” above.
BONUS: PHOTOS OF THE FIRST AIRBUS A319 IN ALLEGIANT AIR’S LIVERY
The selection will probably come as a reduction to fans (this author included) who’ve a basic distaste for the rising proliferation of “Eurowhite” liveries which have slowly crept into the North American skies. Nevertheless, extra non-white paint and elevated complexity usually equates to increased prices, and longer paint store time, one thing Allegiant and their trade friends have turn into consultants at avoiding.
An A319 inaugurates MHK-AZA service shortly after Allegiant started working the sort. This airplane presumably pulled from the paint store prematurely. – Picture: JL Johnson
Allegiant has up to now struggled with up to date liveries, such because the “Journey is our deal” iteration. The picture above, taken in November 2013 exhibits a (then) newly acquired, and partially painted A319 used to inaugurate service from the small Kansas city of Manhattan to Phoenix, Arizona. N310NV continued to fly with partial paint for almost a yr earlier than discovering the time to go to the store for completion.
Upon contacting the airline for touch upon the up to date livery and roll-out plans, Brandon Myers, Public Relations Specialist confirmed the latest iteration of the livery will probably be used because the go-forward normal for future deliveries, together with the 12 new A320 CEOs. Whereas a timeline for receiving these new planes is just not but obtainable, the corporate has shared their aggressive plans to transition to an Airbus-only airline by 2019 on at the very least just a few events.
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