Allegiant Air’s fast-tracked shift to an all-Airbus fleet is paying dividends, according to numbers from its first full quarter since it parked its last McDonnell Douglas MD-80. Despite seeing its average fleet size drop to 80 from 91 year-over-year, Nevada-based LCC Allegiant’s first-quarter metrics included a 4.8% increase in total departures and a 17% increase in aircraft utilization. Spare aircraft dropped from 11 to four, further bolstering operations. “For the ...

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