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Allegiant Air to buy four Airbus jets

Allegiant Air has taken another step toward converting to an all-Airbus fleet, announcing on Thursday the purchase of four Airbus A319 twin-engine jets.

The Las Vegas-based company is acquiring the planes from Philippines-based low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Allegiant, which previously agreed to purchase six A319s from Cebu Pacific, already received three of those planes and will get the other three by the end of the year.

The four new planes are scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018.

The acquisition is part of the company’s strategy to improve efficiency with the planes replacing older MD-80 series jets.

Allegiant Travel Co. chief operating officer Jude Bricker said by the end of 2016, Airbus aircraft would dominate the fleet based on available seat miles flown.

At the end of the year, Allegiant will have 85 aircraft in revenue service, including 16 Airbus A320s and 17 A319s, a smaller version of the plane.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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