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Air France to offer a new year-round service to Helsinki from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

Air France made this announcement:

  • A new year-round route from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Up to 1 daily flight by Airbus A319 in summer 2021

Air France is strengthening its presence in Northern Europe. From July 6, 2021, the airline will offer a new year-round service to Helsinki (Finland) from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Initially operated four times a week (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), it will become a daily service from July 19, 2021. Flights will be operated by Airbus A319 with 143 seats.

Flight schedules (in local time):
– Leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:00, arrives in Helsinki at 17:00
– Leaves Helsinki at 17:45, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 19:50

These flights will be in addition to those operated by Finnair on this route and operated by Air France on a codeshare basis.

This new route completes Air France’s offer in the Nordics, where the airline already serves Copenhagen and Billund in Denmark, Oslo and Bergen in Norway, as well as Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden.

This flight schedule is subject to change depending on travel restrictions. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Air France has been adjusting its offer in real time, taking into account the evolution of the health situation. Before traveling, Air France invites its customers to check the travel restrictions and the documents required on arrival at their destination.

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

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Allegiant loses $57.9 million in the first quarter

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N319NV (msn 2503) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948907.

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) today reported the following financial results for the first quarter 2021, as well as comparisons to the prior years:

Consolidated Three Months Ended March 31, Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2021 2020 2019 YoY Yo2Y
Total operating revenue $ 279.1 $ 409.2 $ 451.6 (31.8) (38.2)
Total operating expense 254.5 527.0 360.5 (51.7) (29.4)
Operating income (loss) 24.6 (117.8) 91.1 120.9 (73.0)
Income (loss) before income taxes 8.7 (130.7) 73.9 106.6 (88.3)
Net income (loss) 6.9 (33.0) 57.1 120.8 (88.0)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.42 $ (2.08) $ 3.52 120.2 (88.1)
Consolidated – adjusted Three Months Ended March 31, Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2021 2020 2019 YoY Yo2Y
Adjusted operating income (loss) (1) (2) $ (59.0) $ 55.1 $ 91.1 (207.1) (164.8)
Adjusted operating expense (1) (2) 338.1 360.9 360.5 (6.3) (6.2)
Adjusted income (loss) before income taxes (1) (2) (74.9) 42.2 73.9 (277.5) (201.4)
Adjusted net income (loss) (1) (2) (57.9) 32.5 57.1 (278.2) (201.4)
Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share (1) (2) $ (3.58) $ 2.05 $ 3.52 (274.6) (201.7)
(1) Adjusted excludes COVID related special charges and the net benefit from the Payroll Support Program Extension Agreement (the “PSP2”)
(2) Denotes a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the Non-GAAP Presentation section within this document for further information


“The momentum reported last quarter picked up in earnest towards the back half of the first quarter with booking trends showing meaningful improvement,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “We completed the quarter with earnings per share of $0.42 on year over two-year revenue declines of 38.2 percent, continuing the trend of sequential revenue improvement. We were the first domestic carrier to restore capacity to pre-pandemic levels, with first quarter scheduled capacity up 3.1 percent as compared to 2019. Booking trends have been particularly impressive with average daily bookings for the months of March and April exceeding the same time period in 2019. Furthermore, the booking curve appears to be normalizing and more closely resembling what we saw in 2019. April’s results came in as strong as March helped by a ten-point increase in load factor from 54 to 64 percent. We expect capacity in the coming months will be equal to or greater than our 2019 levels.

“During the past year, in the face of this terrible pandemic, we were focused on improving ourselves. I believe we have done that. We have improved our cost structure substantially. Our balance sheet is in excellent shape. As of March 31, our net debt has decreased. Our cash balances have increased, and by the end of the second quarter we expect to have total liquidity of $1 billion, or more than double our year-end 2019 balance. We were able to double our cash balances without an equity raise or substantial increases in debt. We benefited from the payroll support programs as well as federal income tax refunds of the substantial tax payments made in the past years. Our shareholders have seen their company’s balance sheet improve dramatically – perhaps more than any other company in this space – in spite of the setbacks and hardships imposed by this unprecedented event.

“I could not be more bullish on our outlook. Going forward our full-year, 2021 capacity should exceed 2019 capacity levels. We expect sequential scheduled service revenue improvement with revenue down just six to ten percent as compared with 2019 levels. This revenue growth should continue through the remainder of 2021. We continue to separate ourselves from the competition, operating more capacity and generating positive EBITDA and earnings. I believe now more than ever our low-cost, low-utilization model designed to provide affordable leisure travel is our competitive advantage, which will help drive us towards returning to our goal of $6 million in EBITDA per aircraft.

“We would not be in the favorable position we are today without the continued efforts of the 4,000 employees throughout our network. Their hard work has been integral to successfully navigating the most difficult year in the industry’s history. It is their efforts that have enabled us to effectively manage capacity while cutting costs from the business – both critical components to ensuring a sustained return to profitability.”

First Quarter 2021 Results

  • GAAP earnings per share of $0.42
    • Adjusted loss per share(1) (2) of $3.58, adjusted numbers exclude the impact from PSP2 and $1.7 million of COVID related special charges
  • Consolidated EBITDA(2) of $68.2 million yielding an EBITDA margin of 24.4 percent
    • Adjusted EBITDA(1) (2) of $(15.4) million
  • Restored capacity to pre-pandemic levels with scheduled service capacity up 3.1 percent versus first quarter of 2019
  • Total revenue for the quarter was $279.1 million, up 13.2 percent from the fourth quarter
    • Includes fixed fee revenue of $7.7 million, the strongest quarter since the onset of the pandemic
    • Total average fare was $116.35, down 8.9 percent as compared to 2019, with third party product average fare of $5.86, up 17.0 percent year over two-year
  • Adjusted operating expense(1) (2) of $338.1 million, down 6.3 percent from first quarter 2019 on total system capacity increase of 2.7 percent
    • Adjusted Operating CASM, excluding fuel(1)(2) of 6.36 cents, down 4.6 percent from first quarter of 2019
  • Announced the addition of a new base in Austin, Texas, beginning base operations in November 2021, which is expected to create 89 high-wage jobs and house three A320 aircraft
  • Expanded the network by adding 50 new routes, three new cities, and nine event-specific routes, bringing total routes served to 580 and 129 cities
  • Included on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity in 2021
  • Partnered with The Smith Center for the Performing Arts as a sponsor of the annual Heart of Education Awards honoring outstanding teachers in Southern Nevada by awarding travel vouchers to more than 700 teachers

(1) Adjusted excludes COVID related special charges and the net benefit from the Payroll Support Program Extension Agreement (the “PSP2”)
(2) Denotes a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the Non-GAAP Presentation section within this document for further information

Balance Sheet, Cash and Liquidity

  • Total cash and investments at March 31, 2021 were $728 million, up from $685 million at December 31, 2020
    • Cash from operations of $168 million including the benefit from the payroll support program
      • Adjusted cash from operations of $68.2 million, which excludes the $91.8 million benefit from the PSP2 as well as excludes $8 million related to restricted cash balances
    • Received $105 million in debt proceeds
      • Net proceeds received of $50.2 million due to refinance of three A320 aircraft
    • Debt principal payments of $152 million during the quarter
      • Includes repayment of existing debt on three aircraft as well as repayment of existing revolver as the facility matured during the first quarter
      • Entered into a new secured revolving credit facility with a $50 million commitment, which is currently undrawn
    • $69 million used for cash capital expenditures during the first quarter with $13 million related to 2020 accrued capital expenditures
  • First quarter interest expense of $16.8 million, down 7.5 percent from first quarter in the prior year
      • Increased full year interest expense guide driven primarily by A320 refinance arrangement and an increase in LIBOR
  • Second quarter sources of liquidity expected to be received are $260.9 million
    • $112.2 million from the U.S. Treasury of which $13.8 million is related to the PSP2 and $98.4 million is related to Payroll Support Program 3 Agreement (the “PSP3”)
      • Additional PSP2 funds triggered a $1.7 million loan and issuance of 924 warrants at a strike price of $179.23
    • $148.7 million in tax refunds related to net operating losses
  • Air traffic liability at March 31, 2021 was $403 million, compared to $308 million at December 31, 2020
    • Balance related to future scheduled flights is $224 million, up from $86 million on December 31, 2020
    • Balance related to travel vouchers issued for future use is $179 million, a 19 percent reduction from December 31, 2020

Capital Expenditures

  • First quarter capital expenditures related to aircraft, engines and induction costs were $56 million, which included $50 million for the acquisition of three aircraft and induction costs, and $6 million in other airline capital expenditures
  • First quarter capital expenditures related to deferred heavy maintenance were $8.5 million


Guidance, subject to revision Previous Current
Second Quarter 2021 guidance
System ASMs – year over two-year change(1) 2.0 to 6.0%
Scheduled Service  ASMs – year over two-year change(1) 2.0 to 6.0%
Scheduled service  revenue – year over two-year change, excluding fixed fee and other revenue(1) down 6 to 10%
Fuel cost per gallon $ 1.99
Full year 2021 guidance
Aircraft, engines and induction costs (millions) $115 to $125 $115 to $125
Capitalized Airbus deferred heavy maintenance (millions) $50 to $60 $50 to $60
Other capital expenditures (millions) $20 to $30 $40 to $50
Interest expense $50 to $55 $65 to $70
Recurring principal payments(2) $170 to $180 $170 to $180
(1) Year over two-year percentage changes compare 2021 to 2019
(2) Excludes $111 million of principal repayments related to the maturity of our revolving credit facility and the refinancing of three A320 aircraft during the first quarter 2021

Aircraft Fleet Plan by End of Period

Aircraft – (seats per AC)                                           1Q21 2Q21 3Q21 YE21
A319 (156 seats) 35 35 35 35
A320 (177 seats) 26 21 21 19
A320 (186 seats) 39 49 52 54
Total 100 105 108 108
The table above is provided based on the company’s current plans and may be subject to change

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N319NV (msn 2503) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948907.

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Air France to offer Paris Orly – Algiers service

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

Air France has made this announcement:

From January 2, 2020, Air France will operate four new frequencies to Algiers (Algeria) on departure from Paris-Orly.

The Paris-Orly – Algiers service will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays by Airbus A319 (143 seats).

Flight schedules from Paris-Orly (in local time):

Air France will operate flights to Algiers from Paris-Orly four times weekly by Airbus A319 with a capacity of 143 seats. This new offer is in addition to the 27 weekly flights operated out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, i.e., a total of over 30 flights between Paris and Algiers.

            Paris-Orly – Algiers


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This new route offered by Air France is in addition to those operated by Transavia –

  • 3 weekly flights from Nantes
  • 2 weekly flights from Lyon

8 new medium-haul routes

In total, Air France will offer 8 new routes in 2020:

  • From Paris-Orly: Algiers (Algeria) and Madrid (Spain);
  • From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Krakow (Poland), Faro (Portugal), Alicante, Malaga, Sevilla and Valencia (Spain).

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

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Iberia to launch a new route from Madrid to Cairo

Iberia Airbus A319-111 EC-JVE (msn 2843) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946929.

Iberia has made this announcement:

Pending approval by authorities, Iberia will launch a new route from Madrid to Cairo on March 2, 2020.

Photo: Iberia.

The Spanish carrier will operate four weekly flights with an A319 aircraft which can accommodate up to 141 customers, distributed in Business and Economy cabins. Iberia will be offering more than 1,100 seats each week in this route.

Flight Schedule

Best Flight Connections

The flight schedule will allow Iberia customers flying from Egypt to continue their trip via Madrid Airport to other 21 destinations in Spain such as Bilbao, Valencia, Seville, Malaga or Alicante, or Porto in Portugal. They will also be able to fly to 25 cities in the U.S. and Latin America.

Cairo will become Iberia’s seventh destination in the African continent, where it also serves Casablanca, Tangiers and Marrakech in Morocco; Algiers and Oran in Algeria, as well as Dakar in Senegal.

Top Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A319-111 EC-JVE (msn 2843) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946929.

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Germania Flug of Switzerland becomes Chair Airlines

Germania Flug of Switzerland has announced it has become Chair Airlines (stylized as “chair”). The Germania brand has been tarnished since the demise of the original Germania of Germany.

The company describes its new brand:

Chair Airlines – Switzerland’s Freshest Airline

A company needs a strong foundation. A chair has stable legs‚ a load-bearing seat‚ and a strong backrest to support you – and as an airline‚ we offer you a place to sit back‚ dream‚ and fly away. With our roots in Switzerland and our feet firmly on the ground‚ we stay true to ourselves while still adapting to changes in market conditions. Our key characteristics are professionalism coupled with the freshness of a new airline: clear and simple‚ reliable and safe‚ dynamic and flexible‚ friendly and attentive‚ honest and approachable.

Fleet and Business Areas

Chair Airlines operates a fleet of three Airbus A319 aircraft with 150 economy class seats each at Zurich Airport. The average age of the aircraft is ten years.

As a charter airline‚ we offer our passengers flight connections for beach holidays in warm-water destinations and short city trips. We also build bridges‚ connecting passengers living in Switzerland with their homeland. Chair Airlines is a reliable partner for special flights and ad-hoc charter flights‚ for example for sports clubs‚ special events‚ and companies.

Trusting partnerships with tour operators and travel agencies form the basis of our business concept. Furthermore‚ our close collaboration with tourist information offices enables us to move with the times and recognize travelers’ needs.

On the Go Together

At Chair Airlines‚ people take center stage in everything we do – our passengers‚ our more than 150 employees‚ and our partners. Our experienced pilots and professional flight attendants on board and our highly qualified administration team on the ground ensure that our passengers can enjoy safe‚ smooth flights and make their flight experience as pleasant as possible. Chair Airlines stands for respect and fairness‚ and COOPERATION is a matter of huge importance to us.

All images by the airline.

Facts and Figures
Foundation June 2019
Board of Directors Shpend Ibrahimi (Chairman)‚ Urs A. Pelizzoni (Member)
Management Tobias Somandin (CEO)‚ Urs A. Pelizzoni (CCO)‚ Shpend Ibrahimi (CIO)‚ Anri Fontanive (CFO)
Fleet three 150-seater Airbus A319 aircraft
Number of employees

Chair Airlines is born on June 11, 2019

Above Copyright Photo: Chair Airlines Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 946682.

Germania Flug is considering a name change

Germania (Switzerland) (Germania.ch) Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946307.

Germania Flug AG, headquartered in Glattbrugg near Zurich, was founded in August 2014.

Germania Flug AG of Switzerland operates three A319s with 150 seats each.

In addition to the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean, Germania Flug AG flies to Beirut and other cities off the beaten track.

Germania Flug was not affected by the bankruptcy of its German shareholder, Germania, in February 2019. The Germania shares were sold to Albex Aviation, which also owns Air Prishtina.

Germania Flug continues to fly under the Germania brand.

To avoid any confusion or association with the grounded German airline, the Swiss airline is now considering a name change and has registered the name “CH Air”. No official announcement has yet been made.

Copyright Photo: Germania (Switzerland) (Germania.ch) Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946307.

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Allegiant announces a new base in Savannah

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N317NV (msn 2477) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944029.

Allegiant Travel Company today (April 3) announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Georgia.

Allegiant began operating at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport in 2015 and with today’s announcement now offers 15 nonstop routes – to Albany, Niagara Falls and Newark in the New York region; Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Pittsburgh and Allentown, Pennsylvania; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Providence, Rhode Island and Baltimore, Maryland.

Allegiant currently carries more than 240,000 annual passengers through Savannah.

Savannah will become the airline’s 17th aircraft base, which will allow Allegiant to expand its service to and from the city, offer more new nonstop routes in the future.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N317NV (msn 2477) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944029.

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Volotea grows by 36% in 2018

Volotea Airbus A319-111 EC-MTB (msn 1684) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943839.

Volotea, the airline of mid and small‐sized European cities, has carried 6.57 million passengers in 2018, up 36% in comparison to 4.82 million in 2017. The airline will operate in 83 airports which will be connected with 319 routes, 41 of them new destinations.

This increase in passengers has been achieved all across its network and in the 13 countries in which Volotea operates. Traffic in all its bases enjoyed a significant growth in passengers in 2018: Toulouse (37%), Verona (36%), Palermo (32%), Bordeaux (29%), Genoa (28%), Nantes (24%), Asturias (15%), Venice (14%) and Strasbourg (13%). The three new bases opened during the year have achieved a significant boost in passenger numbers: Athens (204%), Bilbao (161%) and Marseille (77%).

Volotea operated a total of 53,400 flights in 2018 in comparison to 44,500 in 2017, becoming one of the fastest growing large LCC airlines in Europe. The airline has been growing year-on-year in passengers and operations. Volotea celebrated twenty million passengers in October 2018.

“After these first seven years of operations, we are very proud of Volotea’s development. Volotea links already more than eighty mid-sized cities in Europe, as Bordeaux, Nantes, Venice or Bilbao, that were clearly dependent on connections through hubs. The 6.5 million passengers carried last year, our 1,200 employees in 2019, and the solid and continued growth in operations and fleet  (evolving towards a complete Airbus 319 fleet) are the best evidence of our strong development” Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea stated.

In 2019, additional 41 new routes will be launched and available for sale for Volotea to increase its network up to 319 routes connecting with direct flights 83 European mid and small-sized cities in 13 countries. Volotea is also ranked among the top airlines in the world opening more routes.

Volotea will continue increasing its operations this year, expecting more than 7.5m passengers. For these purposes, four new aircraft Airbus A319 are being received, increasing its fleet up to 34 units.

Additionally, Cagliari (Sardinia) have been announced to become the new Volotea base this year. Aircraft will start being based in this airport in May to boost operations with an enhanced tailor-made offer of additional seats and new destinations.

Among its headquarters and its twelve bases, more than 200 new positions will be open for recruitment for Volotea to capitalize in its continuous growth in operations in 2018.

In 2019, Volotea is opening 41 new routes to serve a lineup of 319 routes, operating flights to more than 80 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg and Morocco. The airline expects to carry more than 7.5 million passengers in 2019.

Volotea has currently twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. These last three have been inaugurated in 2018. Volotea will inaugurate a new base in Cagliari in 2019.

Volotea has employed over 1,000 people in summer 2018 capitalizing in its activity growth. In 2019, 200 new positions will be created.

In 2019, Volotea operates its network with 34 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average in airlines.

The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for its future growth and will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 25% to 156 seats and to serve longer routes.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Volotea Airbus A319-111 EC-MTB (msn 1684) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943839.

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Allegiant Air announces a new aircraft base in Grand Rapids, MI

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N312NV (msn 2289) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945204.

Allegiant Air has announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Allegiant’s growth plans in the state include creating at least 66 new, high-wage jobs.  As part of today’s presentation, the company also announced service to two new cities – Nashville, Tennesseeand Savannah, Georgia.

Today, Allegiant serves 11 nonstop routes from the state of Michigan, including flights from Grand Rapids and Flint.

New seasonal service from Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) announced today includes:

Nashville, Tennessee via Nashville International Airport (BNA) – beginning June 6, 2019 Savannah, Georgia via Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) – beginning June 7, 2019

Allegiant began operating at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in 2009 and with today’s announcement now offers nine nonstop routes – to Las Vegas; Mesa, Arizona; to five cities in Florida: St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Punta Gorda, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Sanford and Sarasota/Bradenton; and seasonal service to Nashville and Savannah beginning in June.

Allegiant currently carries more than 300,000 annual passengers through Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids will become the airline’s 16th aircraft base, which will allow Allegiant to expand its service to and from the city, offer more new nonstop routes in the future, and further connect Grand Rapids businesses, residents and visitors to destinations around the world.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N312NV (msn 2289) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945204.

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Allegiant to add 9 new routes from Sarasota/Bradenton

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N317NV (msn 2477) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944028.

Allegiant Air is adding 9 new routes from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for this winter/spring season.

Allegiant Air is also adding a new nonstop seasonal service between Louisville (Louisville International Airport – SDF) and New Orleans (Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport).

Starting on February 22, 2019 Sarasota-Bradenton passengers will be able to fly nonstop to Asheville, North Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland.

Starting in April, 2019, the carrier will offer twice-weekly nonstop service to Syracuse, New York; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N317NV (msn 2477) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944028.

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