Allegius announces acquisition of additional aircraft

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Allegius announces acquisition of additional aircraft

*RESTON, VA, May 29th, 2008 — *Today Allegius announced plans to acquire additional aircraft for ongoing leased service with MetroAir. Allegius management indicated they are currently working on a transaction that would add twelve (12) Dash 8-Q200 and six (6) Saab 2000 aircraft to it’s existing fleet of Dash 8-Q200, Dash 8-Q400 and Saab 2000 aircraft. These aircraft would be slowly phased in to service at various locations in the MetroAir system, with the majority at the Washington and Ontario hubs.

Allegius Dash 8-Q400

MetroAir Operations Vice President Kim Gesch said, “We’re pleased with the direction Allegius is going. While growth at MetroAir has slightly slowed, we’re still growing and feel that the turboprop aircraft that Allegius use are not only fuel efficient, but give us the range and speed necessary to meet the demands of our customers.”

Allegius also announced the placement of an order with Bombardier for twenty (20) additional Dash 8-Q400 aircraft. The value of the firm orders, based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, is approximately $525 million USD.

With this planned growth in the airline, it is rumoured that changes to branding and communications will follow, with the launch of a new website due to occur in the coming weeks.