Allegiant Air sees American Airlines as a top supplier of used MD-80s to provide replacement engines for its current fleet while selling off the other parts. Executives at the Las Vegas-based low-cost carrier say buying used MD-80s for engine replacement is cheaper than paying for overhauls, which run from $500,000-1 million per aircraft about every five years. Instead, the carrier can acquire the engines for $200,000-400,000 per aircraft, says Jude Bricker, Allegiant’s treasurer and ...
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