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Allegiant announces further expansion in Memphis

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced further expansion in Memphis with the addition of twice weekly nonstop service to Austin, Texas and St. Petersburg/Clearwater beginning on October 1, 2015.

Allegiant began service to Memphis last May with flights to Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Las Vegas and Sanford (near Orlando).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N881GA (msn 49708) approaches the runway at Las Vegas.

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Allegiant announces four new routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new nonstop jet service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from four cities across the nation beginning on October 2, 2015, including one city new to the Allegiant network.

New routes announced to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood include:

Portsmouth, New Hampshire – October 1, 2015
Akron-Canton, Ohio – October 2, 2015
Rochester, New York – October 9, 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan – December 16, 2015 through April 2016

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 N872GA (msn 53295) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) painted in the old 2003 livery.

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Part of Delta’s retired DC-9-51 N401EA lives on at the refurbished T5 at Los Angeles International Airport

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has decided to make of horizontal stabilizer of McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51 N401EA (msn 47682) “ship 9885” as part of the newly refurbished Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport.

The airline issued this statement and photos:

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There’s plenty to see at Wednesday’s (June 10) unveiling of Delta’s $229 million refurbishment of Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport. But don’t miss the unusual reception desk Delta is using to honor its past by incorporating it into its state-of-the-art LAX expansion.

The three-year renovation of T5 features Delta’s first exclusive check-in area, officially named Delta ONE at LAX, and includes a dedicated curbside drop-off, a private check-in, expedited security and personalized customer services.

The T5 debut is creating excitement among media, customers and employees, including buzz about the reception desk sitting in Delta ONE. The desk is actually the top of the DC-9-51 Ship 9885 horizontal stabilizer – also referred to as the back T- tail.

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Ship 9885 (above) had a long airline career and a Southern California history, befitting of its new home at LAX. Built in Long Beach by McDonnell Douglas in 1975, the DC-9 was the largest of the original DC-9 series. Delta was an original operator of the DC-9 starting in 1965.

While Delta’s Product Development and Brand Communications teams were brainstorming a concept for Delta ONE’s reception desk, the idea surfaced to fashion it out of material from a reclaimed aircraft.

The Delta team contacted MotoArt in El Segundo, Calif., just minutes away from LAX, which recycles vintage airplane parts into futuristic furniture, including beds, coffee tables, chairs and desks. MotoArt was hired to make the desk for Delta ONE.

A crew was dispatched to the Arizona desert, where the DC-9 had been resting since retirement in 2013, to dismantle the tail from the airplane and truck it directly to the studio.

“Kevin Cowart [Delta’s Manager of Asset and Project Management for Technical Operations] is in the group that manages our stored aircraft and also handles the recycling of permanently retired aircraft,” said Jeff Coons, Delta’s Manager of Customer Experience. “He was instrumental in helping us identify the airplane and ensure that the team at Marana Aerospace properly remove the tail and prepare it for transit to the MotoArt team.”

The tail was removed in March and the artistic folks at the studio did their thing.

“When I designed this piece, I wanted to truly keep the sensation of flight when you first saw it,” said Dave at MotoArt Studios. “The vertical and horizontal lines on the DC-9 wing stabilizer make it look as if it’s actually taking off. We couldn’t be happier with the final outcome.”

The reception desk sits at the entry to Delta ONE and will be used daily by the Elite Services team to assist customers who are eligible to use the check-in area.

“The design and customer experience for Delta ONE is unique and high touch – and includes several elements local to Southern California,” said Jeff. “Designing and implementing this desk is an excellent way for us to celebrate Delta’s history by using components from a retired Delta aircraft. It also brings a part of that airplane home. The DC-9 production line was just a few short miles from LAX at the Long Beach Airport and was repurposed by the craftsmen at a studio less than a mile from LAX. It’s the ultimate round-trip journey for Ship 9885.”

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured McDonnell DC-9-51 N401EA (msn 47682) came to Delta from the Northwest Airlines merger and is pictured in their colors. However the airframe was delivered new to Allegheny Airlines as N920VJ on October 10, 1975. The airliner was swapped to Eastern Airlines (1st) on November 16, 1978 and became N401EA. Both Northwest and Delta retained the Eastern registration. N401EA was retired by Delta and was flown to Marana, Arizona for storage and disposal on January 5, 2013.

 

Allegiant wins its injunction appeal against its pilots

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has issued this statement:

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Allegiant prevailed before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in its appeal of a lower court ruling which had prohibited the Company from changing the terms and conditions of employment for its pilots. The unanimous appellate court decision held that the lower court erred in finding that Allegiant had to maintain the “status quo” while it negotiates a contract with the pilots’ representative, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters), pursuant to the Railway Labor Act (RLA).

The Teamsters was elected to represent Allegiant’s pilots in August 2012. In late 2013, the Teamsters sued the Company, claiming the Company had violated the RLA’s “status quo” requirements by allegedly making changes to established pilot work rules during the parties’ negotiations. The appellate court concluded that Allegiant has no obligation to maintain the status quo under the RLA during its negotiations with the Teamsters. It vacated the injunction and remanded the case to “permit the Teamsters and Allegiant to continue negotiating a collective bargaining agreement in conformity with the RLA and under the [National Mediation] Board’s guidance.”

“We are pleased with the Court’s ruling and look forward to directing our time and energy to the negotiating table to continue working toward a contract that will be beneficial to both our pilots and the company,” said Steve Harfst, Allegiant’s chief operating officer.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N868GA (msn 49554) arrives back at the Las Vegas base.

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Falcon Air ceases all operations

Falcon Air Express (Miami) on Friday (June 5) voluntarily surrendered its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and ceased all operations according to this report by The Ledger. The company had recently moved its aircraft to Lakeland, Florida and was in negotiations with the city about starting scheduled passenger operations from the airport that currently does not have any air service.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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The company originally started operations in March 1996.

Copyright Photo: Tony STorck/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N120MN (msn 53120) approaches the runway at Miami.

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Allegiant today launches seasonal Tulsa – Los Angeles flights

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today (June 5) launches new, nonstop, seasonal flights from Tulsa to Los Angeles. The new seasonal flights will operate twice weekly through August 17, 2015 between the Tulsa International Airport (TUL) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Yesterday (June 4) the ultra low-fare carrier launched twice-weekly seasonal flights from Little Rock, Arkansas also to Los Angeles. The new seasonal flights will operate twice weekly through Auguist 16, 2015, and will fly nonstop between Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) N408NV (msn 53246) promoting the Blue Man Group show in Las Vegas arrives at LAS.

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Allegiant launches five seasonal routes from Myrtle Beach

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) this week celebrated the start of new, nonstop seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach.

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New seasonal routes launching to Myrtle Beach include:

Akron/Canton, Ohio – June 3, 2015 through Sep. 13, 2015
Sanford (near Orlando), Florida – June 4, 2015 through Sep. 13, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana – June 4, 2015 through Sep. 13, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – June 5, 2015 through Sep. 13, 2015
Clarksburg, West Virginia – June 5, 2015 through Aug. 17, 2015

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N416NV (msn 49555) arrives at Concord, North Carolina, near Charlotte.

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Allegiant today starts new service from Memphis

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Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today (May 22) stated nonstop flights from Memphis to Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Las Vegas and Sanford (near Orlando).

Copyright Photo below: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 M868GA (msn 49554) arrives at the Las Vegas base.

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Falcon Air moves four MD-80s to Lakeland, considers scheduled flights

Falcon Air (Falcon Air Express) (Miami) has moved four McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83s (MD-83s) to Lakeland, Florida (LAL).

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Previously The Ledger in Lakeland reported the city of Lakeland was negotiating with Falcon Air to provide scheduled passenger flights from the underutilized airport. The last scheduled passenger service at LAL was provided by DirectAir (operated by Sky King Airlines). LAL is located very close to Disney World and is situated between Orlando and Tampa.

According to the report, Falcon Air is considering scheduled air service to Baton Rouge, Branson, Chicopee (Massachusetts), Huntsville, Jackson, Lansing (or Kalamazoo) and Newport News/Williamsburg. Service could start in June.

The business model is likely to be the same as used by Allegiant Air which serves small cities initially with minimal service and flies to popular holiday destinations like Orlando. Allegiant serves the Central Florida area through Sanford (SNF) (north of Orlando) and St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) (west of Tampa). LAL is actually closer to Disney World than SFB. Falcon Air is likely to select small cities not already being served by Allegiant Air from Central Florida.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N120MN (msn 53120) is one of the four aircraft that has been repositioned to LAL.

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Sea Air of Croatia to start flights on May 18

Sea Air (Osijek) of Croatia will launch scheduled passenger operations on May 18 from Osijek  to Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna using a 160-seat McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 wet leased from Ten Airways (Tend Air) of Romania according to Balkans.com.

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Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) YR-MDK (msn 49139) arrives at London (Gatwick).

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