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Allegiant Air grounds half of its MD-80 fleet for emergency slide inspections

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (September 20) grounded upwards of 30 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s (DC-9-80s). The cancellation of flights was due to an inspection of the emergency chutes of its 52 MD-80s.

Allegiant issued this statement:

Allegiant announces it has discovered a compliance issue which will require immediate re-inspection of many slides in its MD-80 fleet. The Company has already begun the re-inspections and expects to complete the process by the end of September. MD-80 aircraft will be placed back in service as soon as possible after the slides pass re-inspection.  In the meantime, Allegiant will take as many as 30 MD-80s out of service and delay, reschedule or cancel a number of flights over the next several days.

“We apologize for the disruption to our passengers and ask that they please remain patient as we work to correct the issue, reschedule affected flights and accommodate any passengers impacted,” said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “Allegiant is committed, above all else, to the safety of our passengers and crew, and we are dedicated to working around-the-clock to ensure that all of our fleet meets the highest standards.”

At this time, it is unknown how long the disruption in flight schedule will last.

The company has secured sub-service on seven aircraft from other carriers to assist in operating its Sunday and Monday flight schedule and expects to have 22 MD-80 aircraft in service by Saturday. Allegiant expects delays and reschedules to continue, but is working around-the-clock to re-accommodate and update passengers.

During a thorough incident review earlier this week, Allegiant maintenance became aware of a discrepancy in its slide maintenance schedule. In 2007, the original manufacturer recommendation for slide maintenance schedule changed from once every three years to once a year for slides older than 15 years. Allegiant discovered that many of the slides had not been inspected within the last year and did not comply with this recommendation. This prompted Allegiant to proactively remove aircraft from service until all slides could be brought into compliance. To inspect and overhaul the slides, the slides must be removed and sent to a regulated inspection and maintenance facility.

Allegiant teams are working to accommodate all affected passengers and will offer the following compensation:

  • Flights delayed less than four hours: $100 voucher for future travel
  • Flights delayed 4-6 hours: $150 off voucher for future travel
  • Flights delayed 6 or more hours: $200 voucher for future travel
  • Reschedule flights: Full refund and $200 voucher for future travel

For passengers delayed overnight, hotel accommodations and meals will be provided. For travel and compensation questions, please call Allegiant Customer Care at 702-505-8888

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Officially designed as a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83), N417NV (msn 53347) prepares to depart from Long Beach.

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Allegiant’s “there is no free soda” TV advertisement

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has started this TV advertisement on a national basis. The ad is actually an odd way of explaining their “charge for extras” strategy.

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Allegiant to add Concord, North Carolina, its 99th U.S. city

Allegiant AIr (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service between Concord, North Carolina (near Charlotte) and Sanford, Florida via Orlando-Sanford International Airport, beginning on December 20, 2013. Concord will be the 99th U.S. city served by Allegiant.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Concord Regional Airport (JQF) and Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) year-round.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N420NV (msn 49424) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Allegiant announces 18 routes, now serves more destinations than any other low-fare airline

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today announced new, nonstop jet service on 18 routes, including 10 cities new to the Allegiant network. Today’s announcement will mark the 99th U.S. city served by Allegiant’s low-cost, nonstop service to popular vacation destinations, more than any other low-cost carrier in the U.S.

Allegiant will now offer service to travelers in the New York City area, providing a low-cost travel alternative to the beaches of Southwest Florida via Long Island MacArthur Airport and Stewart International Airport.

New routes just announced include:

Nonstop Service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) in Mesa, AZ from:

  1. Fort Wayne, Indiana – begins Oct. 30, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  2. Manhattan, Kansas – begins Nov. 7, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip

Nonstop Service to Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Sanford, FL from:

  1. Bismarck, North Dakota – begins Nov. 23, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  2. Charlottesville, Virginia – begins Nov. 21, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  3. Clarksburg, West Virginia – begins Nov. 14, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  4. Concord, North Carolina – begins Dec. 20, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – begins Nov. 14, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  6. Portsmouth, New Hampshire – begins Oct. 25, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  7. Springfield, Illinois – begins Nov. 22, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  8. St. Cloud, Minnesota – begins Dec. 18, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  9. Tulsa, Oklahoma – begins Oct. 25, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip

Nonstop Service to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), FL from:

  1. Columbus, Ohio – begins Nov. 23, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  2. Elmira, New York – begins Nov. 1, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  3. Fargo, North Dakota – begins Nov. 23, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota – begins Nov. 1, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  5. Stewart, New York – begins Oct. 31, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip
  6. Syracuse, New York – begins Nov. 7, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip

Nonstop Service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) in Punta Gorda, FL from:

  1. Islip, New York  – begins Dec. 20, 2013 with fares as low as $99* roundtrip

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) N406NV (msn 49900) completes its final approach into Baltimore/Washington.

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Allegiant Air ends service at Gary, Indiana, Gary now without airline service

Gary Chicago International Airport

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) operated its last flight from Gary, Indiana (near Chicago) yesterday (August 10). The last flight was operated from Gary to Sanford, Florida (near Orlando). Gary Chicago International Airport is now without any airline service once again. The airport had tried to market itself as the Chicago area’s third airport.

Read the full report from Chicago Sun-Times: CLICK HERE

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Allegiant to add eight new routes to Punta Gorda, Florida this winter

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced today new, nonstop jet service to Southwest Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from eight destinations, beginning on October 30.

  1. Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, PA – begins October 31, 2013 with fares as low as $99.99 each way
  2. Asheville, NC – begins November 2, 2013 with fares as low as $69.99 each way
  3. Bangor, Maine – begins October 30, 2013 with fares as low as $124.99 each way
  4. Cedar Rapids, Iowa – begins December 18, 2013 with fares as low as $99.99 each way
  5. Des Moines, Iowa – begins December 19, 2013 with fares as low as $119.99 each way
  6. Moline/Quad Cities, Illinois – begins November 1, 2013 with fares as low as $99.99 each way
  7. Springfield/Branson, Moissouri  – begins October 31, 2013 with fares as low as $89.99 each way
  8. Youngstown, Ohio – begins October 30, 2013 with fares as low as $89.99 each way

The expansion of routes into Punta Gorda will result in two additional McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80 (MD-80) series aircraft based at Punta Gorda Airport.

Additionally the low-fare airline announced new, nonstop, seasonal jet service from Montrose to Los Angeles, California and reintroduction of service to Mesa, Arizona (near Phoenix) beginning December 21, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) N423NV (msn 53008) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Allegiant Air to start new Las Vegas-Austin flights on October 31

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new nonstop jet service between Austin and Las Vegas beginning on October 31. 

The new flights will operate four times each week between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and McCarran International Airport (LAS).

In addition, the company will also start twice-weekly service between Reno and Oakland on August 30.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N876GA (msn 53469) prepares to land at the Las Vegas base.

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