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.