Kansas City, MO—Vanguard Airlines, Inc. (NasdaqSC: VNGD) has taken delivery of its first Boeing MD-87 aircraft. The aircraft is the third MD-80-series aircraft to join the Company’s fleet. The aircraft will initially operate on Vanguard’s Las Vegas and Los Angeles routes.
Scott Dickson, CEO and President of Vanguard Airlines, said, “The addition of the MD-87 will enhance our fleet. With state-of-the-art flight information and navigation systems, this is the most advanced aircraft we operate. It offers improved performance over our 737s and is well suited for long-haul flying. This will be an ideal aircraft to allow us to carry full loads of passengers and cargo in the high temperatures and high altitudes of some of our long-distance markets.”
Each of Vanguard’s MD-80-series aircraft offers a business class cabin featuring leather seats, enhanced meal service and personalized attention. The MD-87 is configured to seat 112 passengers with 12 business class seats and 100 coach seats. The average age of Vanguard’s three MD-80-series aircraft is 13 years.
With the arrival of the MD-80s and the return of the 737s, Vanguard’s fleet is getting younger. As Vanguard’s youngest and most advanced aircraft, the MD-87 features improved avionics systems including an electronic flight information system and a newly installed GPS-based flight management system.
Vanguard Airlines, Kansas City’s Hometown Airline, provides convenient all-jet service to 15 cities nationwide: Atlanta, Austin, Buffalo/Niagara Falls, Chicago-Midway, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Pittsburgh, Reno/Lake Tahoe(August 12) and San Francisco. The airline offers low fares, advanced seat assignment and extra legroom on all flights with a fleet of three Boeing MD-80s and 10 Boeing 737s. For more information or to make reservations online, visit Vanguard’s Web site at www.flyvanguard.com. Vanguard Airlines, you’ll like where we’re going.