Allegiant Airlines Kills Disney Dreams

( - Allegiant Airlines has canceled dozens of flights for Thursday and Friday, due to problems with the delivery of new planes.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant issued a travel advisory saying it was canceling 26 flights Thursday and Friday, including 20 affecting destinations in Florida in Sanford, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale.

Allegiant is a low-cost air carrier which specializes in flying from smaller airports to vacation destinations.

The problem is delay in getting ready to fly the recently purchased Airbus planes.

"We are in the process of transitioning to an all-Airbus fleet," Allegiant spokeswoman Krysta Levy said. "Unfortunately, some of the delivery dates for aircraft scheduled to join our fleet have fallen short of the projections, leaving us with limited resources available and the very difficult choice to cancel certain flights."

Allegiant said it wasn't manufacturing delays that held up delivery of the planes, but the "induction process" that includes inspections, new interiors and exterior paint and registration with the FAA.

Levy said passengers were offered other flights or refunds.

Allegiant is in the process of transitioning from an older fleet of McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 aircraft to all Airbus A320 planes, both new and old.

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