U.S. carrier Allegiant Air will begin operating used Airbus A319s in the second quarter of 2013, giving the ultra-low-cost airline a third type – along with the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and the Boeing 757 – for its fast-growing fleet.

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Deliveries of the 13 aircraft and 12 spare engines to Allegiant Air affiliate Sunrise Asset Management begin immediately and are scheduled to be completed in February 2013. Allegiant Air previously purchased 32 MD-80s from SAS Group in other deals.

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Allegiant Travel Company reveals it signed an agreement on December 30 to purchase 18 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s from Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) for its subsidiary airline Allegiant Air ― whose fleet consists entirely of MD-80s ― and says it will pay for the aircraft with cash.

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Fast-growing U.S. airline Allegiant Air has decided to stop operating the Cuban family charter programs that it currently flies for five separate charter program sponsors and switch the aircraft involved to its growing scheduled-service network.

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