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Wichita passengers may have to wait for new Allegiant jet

Allegiant Air plans to show off its first new Airbus A320ceo at a media event Tuesday at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida.
Allegiant Air plans to show off its first new Airbus A320ceo at a media event Tuesday at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. Courtesy photo

Allegiant Air has taken delivery of a new Airbus A320ceo, signaling the start of a 12-plane order that’s the first new airplane order in the company’s 20-year history.

The Las Vegas-based carrier that services Wichita Eisenhower National Airport will show off the A320ceo — or current engine option — at a media event Tuesday at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida.

Allegiant spokeswoman Hilarie Grey said in an e-mail Friday that the airplane “still has some induction steps to go through before it’s scheduled,” and that she doesn’t yet know on which routes Allegiant will use the airplane.

The airline generally uses one of its 45 MD-80s in Wichita, where it offers year-round service to Las Vegas and Mesa, Ariz., and seasonal flights to Orlando and Los Angeles.

Last July, Allegiant signed a purchase agreement to buy 12 Airbus A320 current engine option aircraft in a deal valued at $1.2 billion at list prices.

That order will add to its existing fleet of used Airbus aircraft that totals 20 A319s, 21 A320s and two Boeing 757s.

Allegiant plans to have an all-Airbus fleet by mid-2019.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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