As 2022 starts, Boeing appears set to bag an order for 50 new 737 MAX aircraft from American ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air. The move would be significant for the all-Airbus carrier and represents the next step for Allegiant as it plans to grow across the US and into some international markets.
This is huge (for me, anyway). My home airport, KXNA, has 10 destinations served by Allegiant. I regularly fly one of those destinations, Los Angeles, to visit family in SoCal. The thought of flying on an Allegiant MAX or see one flying over is awesome
On Wednesday, Allegiant Air announced a major order for up to 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. With 50 firm orders for MAX 7 and MAX 8 200s and 50 options, Allegiant is going big, though it is not committing itself to an all-Boeing fleet. To learn more about this order and Allegiant’s interest and plans for the MAX, Simple Flying spoke with Allegiant’s Chief Financial Officer, Greg Anderson.
Speaking to investors on Thursday, Allegiant’s management laid out the details in their recent aircraft order campaign in which the Boeing 737 MAX came out victorious. The airline weighted the 737 MAX against the Airbus A220 and Airbus A320neo family of aircraft and weighed various factors. Ultimately, the MAX checked the most boxes for Allegiant, and coupled with its short-term delivery availability, the Allegiant team decided to go big on the aircraft.