35 Facts About Allegiant Air


Allegiant Air is an American ultra-low-cost airline that operates scheduled and charter flights.

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Allegiant Air was founded in January 1997 by Mitch Allee, Jim Patterson and Dave Beadle, under the name WestJet Express.

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Allegiant Air opened a small hub in Long Beach, California and in 2000 was operating nonstop flights to Fresno and Las Vegas in addition to Fresno-Las Vegas nonstop service.

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Later in 2000, Allegiant continued to expand and was operating the only nonstop jet service between Lake Tahoe Airport from Long Beach Airport in addition to operating new flights into Portland, Oregon and Reno with Portland-Reno and Reno-Fresno nonstops and direct one-stop service between Portland and Fresno via Reno.

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In March 2002, Allegiant Air entered into a long-term contract with Harrah's to provide charter services to its casinos in Laughlin and Reno, Nevada.

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In May 2005, the airline's holding company, Allegiant Travel, completed a private equity placement worth $39.

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In November 2006, Allegiant Air filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in anticipation of a planned initial public offering of its Common Stock.

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In October 2007, Allegiant Air opened a fourth focus city and operations base at Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona, connecting 13 cities already served by Allegiant Air and one new city to the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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At the time, Allegiant Air maintained a fleet of 32 planes going to 53 destinations in total.

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In February 2010, Allegiant opened its ninth base at Grand Rapids' Gerald R Ford International Airport in Michigan.

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In November 2011, Allegiant Air closed its Long Beach facility and consolidated all Los Angeles area flights at Los Angeles International .

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In February 2018, Allegiant announced that a new base would be established at the Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport.

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In June 2018, Allegiant added another base at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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In January 2019, Allegiant announced that it would be adding another base at Gerald R Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Allegiant Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of its holding company, Allegiant Travel Company, which is publicly traded under NASDAQ: ALGT.

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Allegiant Air aims primarily to serve leisure travelers, particularly those in colder northern climates, going to warm-weather tourist destinations such as Punta Gorda, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

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Allegiant Air serves smaller destinations that have few direct flights by major carriers.

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However, since 2015, Allegiant has been growing at major airports, such as Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Newark, Raleigh–Durham, and San Antonio.

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In June 2013, Allegiant deviated from this strategy with plans to compete with Southwest Airlines by offering direct flights between Las Vegas and Austin, a medium-sized hub served by 10 carriers with non-stop routes to over 40 destinations.

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In February 2011, Allegiant Air proposed to sell two types of tickets to passengers: advance tickets at a fixed higher rate and time-of-departure tickets with lower prices but with additional fees based on the price of aviation fuel.

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Allegiant Air earns commissions by offering hotel rooms, car rentals and admission to tourist attractions on its website.

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Allegiant Air has arrangements with 34 hotels in Las Vegas and 21 in the Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida, areas.

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In March 2011, Allegiant took over charter service to Wendover Airport for Peppermill Casinos, Inc to shuttle customers to Peppermill's three casinos in West Wendover, Nevada; the Montego Bay Resort, the Rainbow Wendover and the Peppermill Wendover.

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Allegiant Air had a contract to supply charter flights from Miami to four cities in Cuba beginning June 2009.

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In July 2018, Allegiant became the official airline of Minor League Baseball .

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Allegiant Air offers its popular Fan Flyaway Program to FCC fans.

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Allegiant Air is a main sponsor with GMS Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

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In January 2020, Allegiant became the official airline of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Allegiant Air maintains control over pricing by offering flights exclusively through its website, which sells ancillary products.

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Allegiant Air has been closely monitored by the FAA due to many emergency landings and aborted takeoffs.

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Allegiant Air proclaims the FAA gave them a clean bill of health after the 2016 audit.

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Allegiant Air is known in the aviation industry for acquiring aircraft at the lowest costs it can find.

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At the start of operations in the late 1990s, Allegiant Air purchased McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jets, which it operated until 2002, when they were replaced by the McDonnell Douglas MD-80.

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Ultimately, Allegiant Air discontinued the service and slowly disposed of the planes rather than incur the expense of performing comprehensive D checks on the aging planes.

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In 2012, Allegiant announced that it would shift its primary aircraft from the MD-80 to the Airbus A320 family.

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