US-based airline Allegiant has entered into an agreement to buy four more Airbus A319 aircraft from Philippines-based low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific.
The deal is in line with the company's long-term transition to an all Airbus fleet. Allegiant previously agreed to buy six Airbus A319 from Cebu Pacific and the newly ordered aircraft are to be delivered between next year and 2018.
The company has already received three of the previously ordered aircraft, with the remaining deliveries scheduled later this year.
By the end of this year, Allegiant's in-service Airbus fleet will include 16 A320s and 17 A319s, and have a total of 85 aircraft in revenue service. Allegiant Travel Company chief operating officer Jude Bricker said: "By the end of 2016, Allegiant will be a majority Airbus carrier, as measured by available seat miles.
"This agreement to purchase additional aircraft from Cebu Pacific is an important step in our long-term transition to a single fleet type."
With a fleet of A320 family aircraft, Allegiant aims to increase its operational efficiency and open up new growth opportunities by making longer routes and off-peak flying. The company's new business model has also enabled it to provide access to low-cost flights in more than 100 cities across the US.
Airbus delivers US-build A321 aircraft to American Airlines
Latest News: French aerospace group Airbus has delivered an A321 aircraft manufactured at its facility in Mobile, Alabama, US, to American Airlines.
The first US-produced Airbus jet received by American Airlines, the newly delivered aircraft made its maiden flight this April. Airbus opened the $600m Mobile facility last September, with expectations to deliver four aircraft a month from the plant by the end of next year.
The company initially intends to deliver the A320 family aircraft with current engine option (CEO) from the Mobile-based plant, but aims to start transitioning to new engine option (NEO) derivatives by late next year.
Airbus Americas customers executive vice-president Bob Lekites said: "The relationship between American Airlines and Airbus is a long and successful collaboration to provide the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft for both of our customers.
"American Airlines already operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and the largest A321 fleet. With this delivery, we are adding a very special aircraft to those already sporting the American livery - an Airbus aircraft built here in the US."
Airbus currently has manufacturing facilities in Mobile, Alabama; Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China. Last month, the company delivered its first aircraft build in the US to JetBlue.
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