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.