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Allegiant dismisses claims of an impasse in the on-going pilot negotiations

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has issued this statement in reference to the on-going pilot negotiations for a new contract:

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Allegiant issued a statement that dismantles the recent request from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 1224 for the National Mediation Board (NMB) to declare an impasse in pilot contract negotiations, and highlights the significant progress that has been made towards a first contract for Allegiant’s pilots.

In response to the union’s request, Allegiant COO Steve Harfst said in a letter to all company employees that the company wants to reach a deal with the union that provides Allegiant pilots with significantly higher wages, improved retirement plans, a union-sponsored health plan, and better scheduling rules. He noted that “the IBT’s request ignores the reality that significant progress is being made in these negotiations. Fourteen of 26 sections have been agreed to, and proposals for the remaining 12 sections are being actively negotiated. In fact, nine sections of the proposed contract have been agreed to just since the start of 2015, which is the clearest evidence that the parties are moving towards an agreement.”

The full text of Mr. Harfst’s letter to employees follows.

October 14, 2015

Dear Allegiant Team Members:

Earlier today, the National Mediation Board (NMB) received a letter from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) asking the NMB to declare an impasse in the pilot contract negotiations with Allegiant. I wanted to provide you with Allegiant’s perspective on this recent development.

The IBT’s request ignores the reality that significant progress is being made in these negotiations. Fourteen of 26 sections have been agreed to, and proposals for the remaining 12 sections are being actively negotiated. In fact, nine sections of the proposed contract have been agreed to just since the start of 2015, which is the clearest evidence that the parties are moving towards an agreement.

Allegiant wants to reach an agreement with its pilots as soon as possible. We are moving forward at the bargaining table and we are nowhere near impasse. This request by the Teamsters is simply their latest scheme­-without-substance, which is aimed at putting economic negotiating pressure on Allegiant. We expect this ploy by the IBT to fail — just as it did the last time they attempted this ploy with the NMB in January.

Negotiations are never easy, particularly with a first contract, where both parties are effectively starting from scratch to reach a collective bargaining agreement. But with a willing partner, we can reach an agreement that is fair and recognizes the significant contribution of our pilots to Allegiant’s success. Over the last few months, the company has made numerous proposals to the union that include significantly higher wages, improved retirement plans, a union-sponsored health plan, and better scheduling rules for the pilots.

The recent exchange of proposals demonstrates our commitment to our pilots and to the negotiations process. The parties are far from reaching an impasse. On the contrary, negotiations had gained momentum until the union decided it wouldn’t move anymore in the hopes of gaining a release from mediation. In fact, more progress has been made over the past several months than in almost three years of negotiations.

We urge the IBT to continue negotiating in good faith. The NMB has already informed us of its intention to hold the next bargaining session scheduled as planned for October 26-27.

We believe that the sooner both sides can reach an agreement, the sooner we can capitalize on the opportunities before us.

Sincerely,

Steve Harfst

Chief Operating Officer

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Allegiant Air is dropping Bellingham-Hawaii service

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) will not be renewing Hawaii service from Bellingham, Washington this coming winter according to the Bellingham Herald. The airline has reduced its full-year Hawaiian flying from Honolulu to only two mainland points; the Las Vegas base and Los Angeles. Other destinations (Boise, Eugene, Fresno, Mesa, Spokane and Stockton) will continue to have seasonal service to Honolulu but the number of flights has been dropping since the peak.

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Allegiant to move to Concourse A at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) will move its Las Vegas operation today from Concourse D to Concourse A. This area was previously vacated by US Airways.

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Allegiant to start Mesa (Phoenix)-Honolulu service and two new routes to Palm Springs

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) will begin new, nonstop air service from Mesa (near Phoenix, Arizona) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) beginning on February 7, 2013.

The new flights will operate three times weekly between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

In addition, the company will begin new, nonstop air service from Eugene, Oregon and Oakland to Palm Springs starting on November 15.

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Allegiant to fly to Honolulu from both Boise and Spokane

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) announced today it will offer new nonstop flights from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to both Boise, Idaho (starting on February 9) and Spokane (starting on February 8).

The new Routes will be operated with Boeing 757-200s.

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Allegiant receives ETOPS certification and Flag Carrier status from the FAA

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) on June 12 obtained Extended-Range Operations (ETOPS) certification and Flag Carrier Status from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The company announced earlier this year its entrance into Hawaii. ETOPS certification and Flag Carrier status are both necessary for flying to Hawaii.

Allegiant will offer nonstop air service to Honolulu, Hawaii from:

Las Vegas — begins June 29

Fresno, California — begins June 30

Bellingham, Washington — begins November 15

Monterey, California — begins November 16

Eugene, Oregon — begins November 17

Santa Maria, California — begins November 17

Stockton, California — begins November 18

Allegiant will also offer nonstop air service to Maui, Hawaii from:

Bellingham, Washington — begins November 14

Allegiant will utilize 757-200 aircraft on its Hawaiian routes. The company operates four 757-200 aircraft and owns two additional, which are on lease to a European carrier. These aircraft are expected to be introduced into Allegiant’s fleet during the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.
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Allegiant Air to move all Orlando operations to Orlando Sanford International Airport

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air. The company will soon add Boeing 757-200s, mainly for its new upcoming Hawaii service. Ex-Thomson Airways 757-204 N902NV (msn 26964, ex G-BYAE) is being prepared for service.

Allegiant (Las Vegas) announced it will consolidate all of its Orlando air service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) beginning on February 1, 2011.  The company, which currently operates 29 routes to and from the Orlando area, will move the 10 routes it serves from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Sanford.

Allegiant began service to the Orlando area via the Orlando Sanford International Airport on May 26, 2005, with nonstop flights to four markets. Today, the company serves 29 markets to the Orlando area including: Appleton, WI, Bangor, ME, Cedar Rapids, IA, Chattanooga, TN, Duluth, MN, Elmira, NY, Fargo, ND, Fort Wayne, IN, Greensboro, NC, McAllen, TX, Northwest Arkansas, Owensboro, KY, Plattsburgh, NY, Roanoke, VA, Rockford, IL, Sioux Falls, SD, South Bend, IN, Toledo, OH, and Wilmington, NC.

By consolidating the operations to a single airport in the Orlando area, Allegiant is able to keep costs down and offer its customers the best travel deals.  Allegiant currently bases five DC-9-80 (MD-80) series jet aircraft at Orlando International Airport and as of February 1, 2011, the aircraft will move to Orlando Sanford International Airport to support the additional flights.  Allegiant began service from Orlando International Airport on February 1, 2010.