Allegiant Air is acquiring up to 13 MD-80 series aircraft from Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) for delivery by February 2013, but does not plan to put any of the aircraft into service, at least not for a while. “We don’t view the purchase as a fleet growth; the transaction for us is all about the engines,” a spokesman for the Las Vegas-based, low-cost carrier says. “The planes will go to the desert.” It is possible the airline will use the airframes one day, he adds, or their parts ...

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