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Allegiant celebrates flying 2,000 wish kids via Make-A-Wish

Allegiant Air on January 19 celebrated its 2,000th wish flight as a Make-A-Wish travel partner, flying Annabelle from Reno, NV, to Las Vegas, where she will fulfill her wish of hitting the ice as a professional hockey player.

Annabelle, 8, who battles cystic fibrosis, was given a superstar welcome when she landed at Harry Reid International Airport. There, she was met by dozens of Allegiant and Make-A-Wish staff members who cheered her on as she and her family made their way through the airport. Allegiant Chief Marketing Officer Scott DeAngelo presented her with a gift basket filled with Vegas Golden Knights gear, including a jersey signed by Mark Stone, a hockey stick, and other goodies.

Allegiant became a national partner with Make-A-Wish in 2012. Since then, the company has donated more than $7 million to the organization through in-kind flights and sponsorships. While wish fulfillments often involve amusement parks and beach destinations, Allegiant has flown several wish kids to Las Vegas over the years. In 2018, the airline’s 1000th wish kid – “Cuatro” — flew from his home in Texas to Las Vegas to attend the Monster Jam World Finals XIX.

Allegiant’s partnership with Make-A-Wish extends beyond wish flights. In 2017, the airline donated office space at its Las Vegas headquarters to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. This allows the nonprofit to reduce its administrative costs, dedicating those funds to wish fulfillment.

Allegiant also donates $1 from every Wingz Snack Packs sold in flight to Make-A-Wish and is the presenting sponsor of the annual Walk for Wishes event in Las Vegas.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104921.

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WestJet and Make-A-Wish® team up to share happiness

WestJet made this announcement:

In celebration of International Day of Happiness, WestJet and WestJet Cares for Kids charity partner, Make-A-Wish® Canada, share a new video that is bound to bring a smile.

A very special group of Make-A-Wish® alumni came together alongside WestJet and one of its longtime charity partners, to surprise WestJetter and volunteer wish granter, Karl, to say thanks for the happiness he’s brought to Make-A-Wish recipients. Since 2016, Karl has volunteered with Make-A-Wish and has helped grant five wishes, spreading joy and making life-long connections along the way.

“In honour of International Day of Happiness we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate the joy that Karl and the countless WestJetters and volunteers like Karl bring to the lives of Make-A-Wish recipients,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet’s Vice-President Marketing Communications. “Through the caring culture of all WestJetters, we’re delighted to be able to share in the hope, strength and joy wishes bring to recipients and their families and we hope that this special reunion encourages Canadians to share happiness with each other today.”

“Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness,” says Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. “Thanks to the incredible support of dedicated volunteers like Karl and generous partners like WestJet, together we are able to create life-changing experiences for children at a time when they’re needed most. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope – a powerful combination that may lead to better health outcomes. Such transformative moments are shared by wish families, Make-A-Wish staff, volunteers, and everyone involved.”

Since 2007, WestJet and Make-A-Wish Canada have worked together to help thousands of travel wishes take flight. WestJet and WestJetters create a unique guest experience to ensure that the ultimate wish experience is had by all Make-A-Wish children and their families travelling via WestJet.

Allegiant unveils a revised Make-A-Wish® livery

Updated 2018 "Make-A-Wish" special livery

Allegiant Air has officially debuted an Airbus A320 aircraft featuring an updated look: the new blue and white Make-A-Wish® logo.

Allegiant’s aircraft featuring the new Make-A-Wish livery is based in Orlando Sanford International Airport.

The aircraft, which has served as the world’s largest mobile billboard promoting the six-year partnership between Make-A-Wish and Allegiant, was recently repainted to reflect the nonprofit’s newly-redesigned logo. Allegiant released on social media a new time-lapse video (below) showing the plane’s transformation.

The blue and white Make-A-Wish brand, with a shooting star dotting the “I” in “Wish,” starts in front of the plane’s wings and stretches across half of the fuselage down to the tail, where it meets the orange of Allegiant’s iconic sunburst logo.

The special livery is the only one in Allegiant’s fleet highlighting the airline’s dedication to helping Make-A-Wish grant wishes to children with critical illnesses.

The aircraft is based at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida, a fitting location, as more than 95 percent of Make-A-Wish kids flown by Allegiant travel there to visit the city’s theme parks.

Since 2012, Allegiant has partnered with Make-A-Wish, helping to fulfill the wishes of more than 1,400 children. The airline is currently a Wish Champion, recognized for making $1 million in annual contributions.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 945203.

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Allegiant celebrates flying 1,000 Wish Kids through partnership with Make-A-Wish®

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) IND (Ken Petersen). Image: 930270.

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) this week celebrated its 1,000th wish flight as a Make-A-Wish travel partner, bringing four year-old Nicolas Dones IV (known by his nickname, “Cuatro”) from McAllen, Texas to Las Vegas on March 21 for Monster Jam World Finals XIX. This wish kid, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, was celebrated with surprises on both ends of his flight, as well as in the air.

Above Photo: Allegiant Air. Wish kid Cuatro and Captain Joshua Rockwood in the flight deck of the Airbus A319.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant became a charitable partner with Make-A-Wish in 2012. Since then, the company has donated nearly two million dollars in complementary airfare to send wish kids and their families on wish trips. To commemorate the 1,000th wish milestone, Allegiant surprised passengers on board Cuatro’s flight by announcing that all proceeds from ticket sales would be donated to Make-A-Wish – to pay it forward and provide funds toward the next wish.

Cuatro’s wish journey began at McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE) with a special send-off celebration, including a monster truck-themed cake, as well as treats donated by Chick-Fil-A – his favorite restaurant. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, Cuatro rode from the gate through the airport in style – on a battery-powered, ride-on replica of his favorite monster truck, Grave Digger. Dozens of Allegiant employees greeted Cuatro and his family at baggage claim with full fanfare – a warm welcome from Las Vegas’ hometown airline.

In addition to providing support for Make-A-Wish by donating travel, Allegiant also gets passengers involved through the sale of “Wingz Kid Snack Packs” on board each flight – one dollar from each snack pack sold goes directly to Make-A-Wish. In addition, Allegiant in 2017 donated office space to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, making the company’s Las Vegas headquarters the new home of the nonprofit organization’s local chapter at a rent of $1 per year.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) IND (Ken Petersen). Image: 930270.

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Allegiant and its pilots reach a tentative agreement

Allegiant and its pilots reach a tentative agreement

Allegiant and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), representing Allegiant Air pilots, have worked together to reach a tentative contract agreement. The tentative agreement must be voted on and ratified by Allegiant Air pilots. Ratification results are expected in late July.


Allegiant Air pilots elected the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) to represent them in August 2012. This will be the first contract agreement between the pilots and the Company since electing union representation. Allegiant and IBT have been negotiating in mediated sessions with the National Mediation Board since February 2014.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402706.

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Allegiant acquires three former Hamburg Airways Airbus A320s

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) (Las Vegas) has announced that it has purchased three additional Airbus A320 aircraft. The aircraft were most recently operated by Hamburg Airways in Europe and are scheduled to enter the Allegiant operating fleet in 2015.

Specially the three aircraft are N227NV (msn 714, ex D-AHHH, N228NV (msn 716, ex D-AHHD) and N229NV (msn 730, ex D-AHHG).

On the financial side, the company reported first quarter net income of $64.9 million, up 89.8 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

The CEO commented on the results:

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“We are very proud to report our 49th consecutive profitable quarter, a record quarter for the company, both in absolute terms and on a percentage basis,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “I especially want to thank our team members for their contributions. Their everyday efforts delivering customers safely and reliably is critical to our continued success. It’s nice to start the year off with such strong results after coming off one of the most operationally challenging years in recent memory.

“I’m also pleased to announce our pilots will be receiving a pay increase as a result of our continued success. Excluding a $43.3 million non-cash impairment change in the fourth quarter of 2014, our trailing twelve month operating margin was 21.8 percent as of March 31st. As part of our pilots’ variable pay band structure, pilot pay scales will increase between 5 and 7 percent per hour effective May 1st.

Finally CEO Gallagher commented on the on-going dispute with its pilots and additional focus by the FAA:

“And lastly we have had recent labor/legal issues with the representative of our pilots, the IBT. We expect a successful outcome on our Preliminary Injunction request before the Las Vegas Federal court in the coming weeks. In conjunction with these labor activities, our local FAA office has stepped up surveillance of our operations. We are not aware of any findings from the FAA related to this increased surveillance. However, the FAA has indicated their heightened focus and surveillance associated with the labor activity will continue until the outcome of the litigation is known. While this increased surveillance is in place, the FAA has indicated it will not process any current or additional requests for work that may relate to our planned growth. At the current time, we do not expect any immediate effect on our operations.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) in the special “Make-A-Wish” livery arrives at Sanford (near Orlando).

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Allegiant Air to add four more Airbus A320s

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) (Las Vegas) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase four additional Airbus A320 aircraft. The aircraft are currently being operated in Europe and are scheduled to enter the Allegiant operating fleet in 2017.

The airline continued:

“We are active in the used Airbus A320 market and will engage in transactions that make economic sense for the company,” said Jude Bricker, Senior Vice President of Planning. “These aircraft will help us maintain our desired growth rate into 2017 and provide us with additional high quality A320 aircraft. It is also another demonstration of our ability to grow the fleet while still providing returns to shareholders such as our recently announced $0.25 per share recurring quarterly cash dividend and the $86 million remaining in our share repurchase authority,” concluded Bricker.

These aircraft are expected to begin service in the second half of 2017. The purchase of the aircraft will take place upon delivery in 2017 and will not impact 2015 CAPEX, which is still expected to be $175 to $185 million.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) in special “Make-A-Wish” livery arrives back at the Sanford, Florida base.  The special color scheme was introduced on December 10, 2013.

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Allegiant Air brings excitement to Make-A-Wish kids

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) in support of the Make-A-Wish charity has issued this statement and video:

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Allegiant Air is helping Make-A-Wish® grant wishes by providing travel for 33 wish kids this holiday season — kids like 5-year old Jaylen, who was diagnosed with leukemia and wished to go to the Florida theme parks. The travel company, which provides air travel and send-off celebrations for Make-A-Wish kids, has flown over 150 wish kids like Jaylen to their wish destinations in 2014 alone. To expand its efforts to help grant wishes, the company will also be matching dollar for dollar employee donations, up to $5,000, from now until Jan. 31, 2015.

Jaylen’s Make-A-Wish experience with Allegiant began with a warm welcome at the airport. Jaylen and his family were greeted by Allegiant employees at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill. and treated to a special send-off celebration. Jaylen’s wish experience can be viewed above.

Over 70 percent of wishes require air travel. Since May 2012, Allegiant has donated travel to over 250 wish kids and their families and over $250,000 in cash sponsorships.

Since May 2012, Allegiant has been a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish®, a nationwide charity that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes can often have a transformative impact on wish kids, providing the positive mental and emotional boost needed to help them deal with and, oftentimes, overcome their illness.

By establishing Make-A-Wish as its primary charity, Allegiant provides wish travel to families in the communities it serves. We’re committed to provide air travel for wish families – the organization’s most critical resource – for another six years. Since beginning its support of Make-A-Wish, Allegiant has donated over 250 wish flights to wish families and more than $250,000 in cash sponsorships.

Flights donated: 257
Wish passengers flown: 926
Dollars donated: $251,707
Make-A-Wish airplane livery: 1 (below)
Smiles: countless

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Bottom Photo: Allegiant Air. Allegiant in 2013 painted this Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) in this special Make-A-Wish livery.

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Allegiant supports World Wish Day with $1 donations for every booking today

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Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) will celebrate World Wish Day by donating $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $10,000, for every itinerary booked with the airline today (Tuesday, April 29). The company recently celebrated the donation of its 100th Make-A-Wish® flight since teaming up with Make-A-Wish in May of 2012.

“Allegiant is thrilled to provide additional resources to the charity through our World Wish Day donation campaign and is honored to have provided air travel for 100 inspiring Make-A-Wish families,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President and Chief Operating Officer. “Allegiant team members are passionate about making vacation possible for the 99 communities that we serve. Our ongoing relationship with Make-A-Wish expands on that mission by making more wish trips possible for the families helped by Make-A-Wish.”

The 100th wish flight recipients, Jonea, age 5, and Takiya, age 17, and their families, travelled with Allegiant from Rockford, Ill. to Orlando on April 7, for a week-long, magical wish experience. Both the Chicago-Rockford Airport (RFD) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) hosted celebratory parties for the families. To watch their life-changing wish trip journey visit: http://gofly.us/wf0n3.

Air travel is a critical resource for Make-A-Wish, with three out of every four wishes requiring air travel. Allegiant’s first Make-A-Wish flight took place in August of 2012, and the company currently averages six Make-A-Wish flights per month. This World Wish Day initiative will provide additional resources to the charity while offering customers the company’s best travel deals.

“We are extremely happy to team up with Allegiant as they continue to help us grant wishes that help wish kids feel better, and in some cases, get better,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “This relationship allows wish kids and their families in cities of all sizes to travel directly to incredible wish destinations throughout the country for their wish.”

Since teaming up with Make-A-Wish in May of 2012, Allegiant has provided more than $250,000 worth of donated wish travel for 100 families traveling to their wish destinations and more than $150,000 in cash sponsorships for Make-A-Wish events across the country. The airline also commemorated their relationship with the charity by painting a newly acquired Airbus A320 aircraft with a Make-A-Wish-branded livery and continues to donate $1 from every inflight purchase of their Wingz Kids Snack Pack to the organization. With service in nearly 100 communities, including popular family vacation destinations such as Orlando, Southern California and Hawaii, Allegiant is looking forward to continuing to support the life-changing efforts of Make-A-Wish.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air. On February 11, 2014 Allegiant Air unveiled its Make-A-Wish-branded Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) into service at a ceremony in Sanford, Florida (near Orlando) (the aircraft was painted in December 2013). The airline celebrated by presenting a $10,000 check to Make-A-Wish, for the 10,000 shares of its plane painting video (see below).

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Allegiant Air introduces an Airbus A320 Make-A-Wish logo jet

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Allegiant Air (Las Vgeas) today kicked off a unique and impactful social media campaign celebrating the painting of Allegiant’s newly acquired Airbus A320 with a special Make-A-Wish® branded livery. A time-lapse video of the plane painting can be viewed athttp://gofly.us/rBXwF. For every share of the video from the company’s Facebook page, Allegiant has committed to donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $10,000.
The painting of the plane commemorates the company’s ongoing collaboration with Make-A-Wish to provide flights for families traveling to their wish destinations. Since teaming up with Make-A-Wish in May of 2012, Allegiant has donated wish travel for more than 70 families traveling to their wish destinations and more than $110,000 in cash sponsorships for Make-A-Wish events across the country. With service from more than 100 communities to popular family vacation destinations such as Orlando, Southern California and Hawaii, Allegiant is looking forward to continuing to help grant travel wishes.
Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air. Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) was added by the company on October 18, 2013.
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