Aviation News

November 11, 2011

Allegiant Buys 13 More MD-80s from Scandinavian Airlines

SAS Group, the parent company of Scandinavian Airlines, on Friday announced it will sell more than a dozen of its old aircraft to U.S. low-cost airline Allegiant Air.

Ever so slight wingflex in this Allegiant Mad-Dog MD-83 N865GA in front of the MGM Grand

Ever so slight wingflex in this Allegiant Mad-Dog (N865GA) in front of the MGM Grand. (Photo by John Klos)

SAS Group said it has entered an agreement with Sunrise Asset Management, an affiliate of Allegiant Air, to sell thirteen McDonnell Douglas MD-82, MD-83 and MD-87 aircraft. It has also agreed to sell an additional 12 spare engines.

The order value is more than $20 million and delivery of the aircraft and engines will commence immediately, SAS Group said. It said the delivery is scheduled to be completed in February 2013.

“This transaction is a further step in SAS’ phase-out program for the MD80 series aircraft which are being replaced by [Boeing 737s] and [Airbus A320s] prior to the commencement of the A320 NEO’s ordered earlier this year,” SAS said in a statement.

SAS has already sold dozens of old aircraft to Allegiant Air, which has its headquarters near Las Vegas. SAS sold and delivered 18 MD-80 series aircraft to Allegiant Air last year, and the sale announced on Friday will bring the number of sold MD80 series aircraft by SAS to 45.

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  • The airbuses will be long gone ,but the maddogs live on.