Monday, December 12, 2011

Allegiant 757 Jet

Check out the sweet Allegiant 757 Gemini Jets model I came across! It's N902NV and 1:400 scale. I plan on adding this to my collection soon!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Spirit Airlines lands in Allegiant Territory

Spirit Airlines announcement from their website
Spirit Airlines today confirmed what many were indeed thinking by announcing service to IWA (Phoenix-Mesa). Today they announced non-stop service from IWA to Dallas, TX, Fort Lauderdale, and Las Vegas.

And so begins the new low-cost carrier wars with both Allegiant and Spirit servicing Las Vegas non-stop from the same small airport.

Obviously this is purely a publicity move to test Allegiants response. There are already plenty of flights from PHX (Sky Harbor) to Las Vegas on both Southwest and US Airways.

So who wins in the new battle of the west?
We think that Spirit obviously has received incentives in order to come to Phoenix-Mesa. Allegiant has been the only carrier at Phoenix-Mesa for a few years and enjoys the lack of competition. While Spirit and Allegiant are only competing on 1 direct route at this time, we don't think that can last for long. We think one of the carriers will eventually drop the Vegas route....but we can't see Allegiant dropping it first since Vegas is their home market. Time will tell!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hawaii is 2012

We've heard confirmation that Hawaii Allegiant Flights on the Boeing 757 will indeed be this coming year (2012). 
Allegiant 757 in LAS (Flickr)

Currently the Allegiant 757 Aircraft are flying LAS (Las Vegas) routes from TYS (Knoxville, TN) & LEX (Lexington, KY). While load factors for both flights are doing well, we can only imagine that this is simply filler to obtain ETOPS certification. Once ETOPS certification has been obtained these flights will likely disappear to make way for Hawaii service from the West Coast. 

Hawaii from Phoenix-Mesa (IWA) on Allegiant?
Direct Hawaii service from Phoenix?
- Photo from Flickr
As a side note, Allegiant has recently begun putting the "puzzle pieces" together with their link network. By now linking IWA (Phoenix-Mesa) to LAS (Las Vegas), along with IWA and SFO (San Francisco), we could see 757 service originating from IWA potentially. This is purely speculation but is starting to make sense as time goes by. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cheap Allegiant Plane Tickets?

I did a search today for the cheapest tickets I could find on Allegiant Air for the month of December. Ticket prices were for sale as of today (11/21) one way.

 Here's what I found:
Allentown (ABE) - Orlando / Sanford (SFB) - $43.99 - December 14
Allentown (ABE) - St. Pete / Clearwater (PIE) - $71.99 - December 4,8,11,15
Appleton, WI (ATW) - Las Vegas (LAS) -  $109.99 -December 5, 12, 19, 23
Appleton, WI (ATW) - Orlando / Sanford (SFB) - $78.99 - December 2, 9, 12
Appleton, WI (ATW) - Phoenix / Mesa (IWA) - $43.99 - December 15
Asheville, NC (AVL) - Orlando / Sanford (SFB) - $16.99 - December 9, 12
Bangor, ME (BGR) - Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $39.99 - December 4, 8, 11, 15
Bangor, ME (BGR) - Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $84.99 - December 9, 12
Bangor, ME (BGR) - St. Peter / Clearwater (PIE) - $85.99 - December 8, 11, 15
Bellingham, WA (BLI) - Las Vegas (LAS) - $61.99 - December 4, 5, 11, 12
Bellingham, WA (BLI) - Los Angeles (LAX) - $63.99 - December 11
Bellingham, WA (BLI) - Oakland (OAK) - $59.99 - December 5, 12, 14
Bellingham, WA (BLI) - Palm Springs (PSP) - $59.99 - December 3
Bellingham, WA (BLI) - Phoenix / Mesa (IWA) - $83.99 - December 1, 4, 8
Bellingham, WA (BLI) - San Diego (SAN) - $53.99 - December 4

Friday, September 16, 2011

Allegiant 757 Specs

Offering cheap fares and non-stop service, Allegiant Air has created a niche market. Passengers fly comfortably while munching snacks and sipping beverages.

Although operating aircraft which are all older than a decade might not seem like something to brag about, Allegiant's decision to compose its fleet as such was a premeditated one to support it a budget airline.

Founded in 1997, Allegiant Air is a U.S. airline providing scheduled passenger service within the United States and charter service to Mexico and Canada, as well as domestically. As of November 2010, Allegiant operates a simple fleet of McDonnell Douglas aircraft and has ordered various Boeing aircraft as well.

The Boeing 757-200 is a medium-range jet aircraft first released in 1982 as an improvement on the old class of three engine jets which used more fuel and lower top speeds. The 757-200 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney or Rolls Royce engines which generate anywhere from 36,600 to 43,500 pounds of thrust each. The maximum range for a 757-200 equipped with reserve fuel tanks is over 4,500 nautical miles, and the maximum passenger load is 228. Allegiant Air currently owns only two Boeing 757-200s which are kept in storage and are not part of the active fleet. Allegiant Air has a third 757-200 on order from Boeing as of March 2011.

The McDonnell-Douglas MD-87 is also based on the DC-9 and is a shorter, more compact variation of the MD-80 model which was released in 1985. The MD-87 has twin body-mount Pratt & Whitney engines which provide 20,000 pounds of thrust each. The MD-87 is equipped with extra fuel tanks for added range and has a maximum capacity of 139 passengers, although the Allegiant Air version seats just 130--all coach. The approximate wing span of the MD-87 is just under 108 feet, and the total length is just over 130 feet. A total of 75 MD-87s were produced, and Allegiant Air operates 24 of them as of March 2011.

Allegiant Air is a small regional carrier based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company was started in 1997 and is DOT certified. Allegiant Air provides discount rate fares to limited domestic gateways and charter service to the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Allegiant Air Fleet consists of all jet aircraft with an average age of 21.4 years.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Is the Big Easy ready to be Allegiant?

After a look at Allegiant's Route Map, and this blog post, we're thinking MSY would be a nice fit for the next Allegiant Focus City.

New Orleans is back up-and-coming from the post-Katrina days. Tourism is on it's way back. The airport is probably desperate for new service and would be willing to put up some big incentives.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Where will N902NV be flying to?

Well it's been confirmed. Dan from confirms that Allegiant will be using only 1 757 domestically this summer. That aircraft is the one currently at Paine Field. It's interesting to read the unverified comment from a viewer of his site to his post:

"N902NV is a hunk of junk. I engineered several repairs on that acft and it was a corrosion nightmare. The left winglet is barely installed w/in limits (good by 0.001″ on the shimming). Allegiant can even fly the aircraft out of Paine Field. It hasn’t even received certification for it yet. As well has still failed include the 757 into its maintenance program." -757Engineer

Is there anything we can gather that would be credible from this post? Well it does appear that the poster is someone who has worked on this aircraft at Boeing Field. 

Is this anything that Allegiant should be worried about? As Allegiant noted in their Investor Presentation, they will only be using one 757 aircraft Domestically. What could be a worry for G4 is if 902NV is indeed a problematic aircraft, they won't have a spare aircraft lined up that could match the capacity of the 757.

While it is agreeable that basing this off of a web comment can be a bit far fetched, it's really not too far off track. Anyone in the Aviation Industry, especially mechanics, will tell you that there are just some aircraft that are problematic. 

Food for thought at least!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Domestic Allegiant 757 Flights Starting July 1....but from where??

So what's the latest news from the ever-changing, always intriguing Allegiant? It appears that Allegiant will be providing domestic flights with 1, possibly 2 of their 757 aircraft. To add more mystery, we've heard a July start date. To where....?

We've heard that they planned on parking the 757 fleet while they re-tooled their strategy. We've also heard that they would be leasing out the aircraft until they could start their Hawaii flights.

In order for Allegiant to start flying their new type of aircraft (Boeing 757), not only does the FAA Certification Process need to be approved, but also they need to start training Pilots on the 757. We believe that the FAA Certification Process is well under way. We think that there were some initial concerns in the industry and Allegiant had to rethink their process, which is why the Certification Process has taken so long.

Our hunch is that Pilot training is either under way, or shortly will be taking place within the next 2 months. Once pending approval has been given by the FAA, Allegiant can begin proving runs of the 757 aircraft.

So here's our questions - 1.) What destinations do we think could see a visit from an Allegiant 757 and 2.) When will Hawaii service finally start?

1) What destinations do we think could see a visit from an Allegiant 757 this summer?

GRR Entrance
1. Gerald Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)

We think that GRR is an excellent fit for Allegiant 757 service. Allegiant has 2-3 MD-80 aircraft based in GRR currently. Allegiant has Pilots, Flight Attendants & Maintenance Personnel currently employed & based in Grand Rapids. Current non-stop destinations are SFB, PGD, PIE, FLL, IWA & LAS. 

We think that if Allegiant were to fly the 757 into GRR, we could see flights to SFB & LAX non-stop from GRR. We think this is only temporary though - it'd be a long stretch for Hawaii flying from Michigan on a narrow-body like the 757. 

Long Term Hawaii Plans

1. LGB - Long Beach International Airport
Blue-hoo, Jet Blue

Why Long Beach? Slots. Allegiant was rewarded slots in LGB in 2010. Their long-term plans we believe would be to fly from LGB-Hawaii. In order to be able to use these slots in 2012, they need to fill the void, by currently flying to tropical destinations such as Idaho Falls, ID (IDA) and the ill-fated Stockton, CA (SCK). Once the Pacific flying begins, we don't believe that there will be much 48-state flying out of LGB for Allegiant. 

What other airports do we think will see Allegiant 757 service starting in July? Stay tuned for our thoughts over the next few days