Here’s part of a news release from Allegiant. The Airbus A319 usually has 124 seats, which would indicate use for the short to medium range flights:
Las Vegas. July 29 2012 – Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announced its intention to lease nine Airbus A319 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and to lease and eventually purchase ten Airbus A319 aircraft from Cebu Pacific Air. The introduction of the A319 aircraft will support Allegiant’s growth opportunities.
“The A319 is a new aircraft type for Allegiant, but we otherwise see this as a continuation of our existing business model,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant President. “A319 asset values have significantly declined and now mirror the environment we saw when we first began buying MD-80s.”
Allegiant plans to have the first two of these aircraft in operation in the second quarter of 2013.
Allegiant currently operates 58 MD-80 aircraft, four Boeing 757-200 aircraft and owns an additional two Boeing 757-200 aircraft.