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Allegiant launches Hagerstown-St. Petersburg/Clearwater flights

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) on February 27 launched new, twice-weekly nonstop jet service between Hagerstown, Maryland and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE).

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N876GA (msn 53469) lands in Las Vegas.

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Allegiant Air’s pilots formally request arbitration from the National Mediation Board

Allegiant Air‘s (Las Vegas) pilots have formally asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) to arbitrate the contract dispute between the pilots, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and management. The union issued this statement:

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters will host a call to update Allegiant Travel Company investors, industry analysts, customers and press regarding the current status of contract negotiations for Allegiant Air pilots, their recent strike authorization vote and the union’s request for a proffer of arbitration from the National Mediation Board.

On behalf of the approximately 500 pilots at Allegiant Air, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division and its affiliate, Airline Professionals Association of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224 (collectively, the “IBT”) filed a request on Friday afternoon, January 23, asking the National Mediation Board to make a proffer of arbitration. The request follows over two-and-a-half years of negotiations and mediation that have yet to result in a contract.

“Allegiant Air pilots have propelled the company to significant growth and prosperity, despite challenging operating conditions and breakdowns at the company. Yet, management continues to show its contempt for its operational employees by negotiating in bad faith,” said Daniel Wells, president of APA Teamsters Local 1224. “Allegiant Air pilots have had enough.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N864GA (msn 49912) arrives back at the Las Vegas base painted in the old 2003 livery.

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InselAir inaugurates the Aruba-Manaus route, will start Miami-Havana flights

InselAir (Curacao) on January 14 inaugurated its new Aruba – Manaus route with an festive early gathering at Queen Beatrix International Airport during which Minister Oduber and InselAir Aruba CEO Frederick Nuboer addressed the audience and elaborated on this new route. After the official words and opening, the group proceeded to the gate and boarded for the three-hour inaugural flight to Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus. InselAir was officially and warmly welcomed in Manaus by the traditional water salute, official words and food and drinks before flight 8i696 departed Manaus again.

The flight was operated with a Fokker 70, with 80 seats, which was acquired by InselAir earlier this year to support its growth plans.

InselAir now has 19 aircraft, 600 employees, 22 destinations and expects to transport 1.4 million passengers in 2015.

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InselAir will also add Miami – Havana to its network this month with McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82/83 aircraft (MD-82/83) (above) and will then serve 22 destinations from its hubs on Aruba and Curacao. This year, InselAir expects to add more routes to its network which, amongst other routes, include Cali and Bucaramanga in Colombia, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Quito in Ecuador.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (marketed as the MD-83) PJ-MDG (msn 49935) in the updated 2011 livery arrives at Miami International Airport.

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Allegiant Air to start new service from Tulsa to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announce the expansion of nonstop jet service from Tulsa, Oklahoma with new routes to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Seasonal twice weekly service from Tulsa International Airport (TUL) to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) begins on May 7, 2015 and will operate through August 18, 2015.

Seasonal twice weekly service to Los Angeles via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) begins on June 5, 2015 and operates through August 18, 2015

Flights to Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport (LAS) begins on April 8, 2015.  The year-round flights to Las Vegas will operate three times weekly.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 N424NV (msn 49421) lands at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Allegiant finds an underserved niche at Cincinnati, increases flights to Florida

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) is finding a new underserved niche at Cincinnati. The carrier has announced further expansion from CVG with increased flights to Florida. Beginning in May 2015, existing services to Sanford (near Orlando) and Punta Gorda (Southwest Florida) will be doubled. The additions will replace recent reductions made by other carriers to these two markets, providing local travelers continued convenient flight options for Florida vacation travel.

Allegiant began service to Cincinnati in February 2014 with four weekly flights. By summer of 2015, Allegiant will offer 34 weekly departures during peak travel periods, including recently announced flights to Jacksonville, Florida and seasonal service to Myrtle Beach. The airline just launched flights from CVG to Las Vegas.

Starting in May 2015, Allegiant will increase its service from Cincinnati -Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Sanford to nine times weekly via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). Flights to Southwest Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) will increase to eight times weekly.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N420NV (msn 49424) holds short of the runway at Las Vegas.

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Allegiant Air is coming to New Orleans

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new nonstop service to New Orleans, the carrier’s newest destination. Seasonal service between New Orleans and Cincinnati, Columbus and Indianapolis, and year-round service between Sanford (near Orlando), will begin in early February.

New routes announced include:

Seasonal service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) from:

1. Cincinnati, Ohio – begins February 4, 2015 through May 5, 2015

2. Columbus, Ohio – begins February 5, 2015 through April 8, 2015

3. Indianapolis – begins February 5, 2015 through May 5, 2015

4. Sanford, Florida – begins February 5, 2015 through August 17, 2015

The new flights will all operate twice weekly.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N874GA (msn 49643) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Allegiant announces 14 new routes and five new cities

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today announced new, nonstop jet service on 14 routes, including the addition of five new cities, to the Allegiant network. Allegiant will now offer service to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, Indiana, Omaha, Nebraska, Richmond, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida.

New routes announced include:

Nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood via Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

Syracuse, N.Y. — begins February 13, 2015
Columbus, Ohio — begins March 13, 2015

Nonstop service to Jacksonville, Fla. via Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) from:

Cincinnati, Ohio — begins February 12, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — begins February 13, 2015

Nonstop service to Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

Indianapolis, Indiana — begins February 27, 2015

Nonstop service to Sanford via Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

Indianapolis, Indiana — begins February 12, 2015
Austin, Texas — begins February 13, 2015

Nonstop service to Punta Gorda, Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

Indianapolis, Indiana — begins February 11, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — begins February 12, 2015

Nonstop service to St. Petersburg/Clearwater via St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — begins February 11, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana — begins February 12, 2015
Richmond, Virginia — begins February 13, 2015
Hagerstown, Maryland — begins February 27, 2015
Omaha, Nebraska — begins March 5, 2015

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N869GA (msn 53294) arrives at the Las Vegas base.

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Allegiant Travel Company reports its 47th consecutive profitable quarter

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) (Las Vegas) reported a third quarter net profit of $14.2 million, down 17 percent from the same quarter a year ago. The holding company has reported the following financial results for the third quarter 2014, as well as comparisons to prior year equivalents:

Allegiant 3Q14 Financial Box

“We are very proud to report our 47th consecutive profitable quarter,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “During this quarter we saw the departure of Andrew Levy, our President and COO. Andrew will be missed. He has left the company in great shape. His legacy includes building a solid, capable management team which ensures the company will maintain its strong performance into the future. In addition, we have also welcomed back Kris Bauer as the airline’s Senior Vice President of Operations and COO while we conduct our search for a replacement. Earlier this week, our Board of Directors approved an increase to our share repurchase authority to $100 million from its current level of $7.4 million. We continue to see strength in the business model and are demonstrating that confidence by actively returning cash to shareholders. Lastly, I want to thank all of our Team Members for their continued efforts during the past quarter.”

Notable company highlights

Repurchased 456,296 shares during the quarter, which brings the total to 1,199,740 shares for the first nine months of 2014. Since the inception of the share repurchase program, the company has repurchased 4,692,385 shares for a total of $316.3 million through the third quarter 2014

Purchased two A319s in August off operating lease

Added three new destinations to Cincinnati. Cincinnati has become the fastest growing origination city in the company’s history

In-service Airbus fleet accounted for over 21 percent of total ASM production in the quarter. In the quarter the company operated ten Airbus aircraft which is 14 percent of the total fleet

Third quarter 2014 revenue performance

East Coast TRASM declined 1.4 percent, however capacity in these markets grew 27.3 percent. Flying on the East Coast accounted for 40 percent of entire network versus 36 percent a year ago

Hawaii TRASM grew 12.7 percent versus the same period a year ago

Average fare – ancillary air-related charges increased 2.1 percent, as we implemented a fee to print a boarding pass at the ticket counter in

September 2014, and also due to continued strength in existing ancillary categories such as assigned seat fees, trip flex and priority boarding

Allegiant 3Q14 Fleet Plan

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. The McDonnell Douglas fleet is holding steady at 53 aircraft while newer Airbus A319s and A320s are being added. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N418NV (msn 49615) arrives at the Las Vegas home.

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Allegiant starts Cincinnati-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood flights

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (October 9) started nonstop service between Cincinnati and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

The new flights will operate four times weekly from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood begins the latest flight expansion by Allegiant at CVG announced in the summer. In November, Allegiant will begin nonstop flights to Mesa (near Phoenix), followed by Las Vegas in December, bringing the company’s total weekly flights to 20 before the end of the year.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N419NV (msn 53366) lands in Las Vegas.

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Allegiant Air’s pilots allege pilot attrition is accelerating at the company

Allegiant Air‘s (Las Vegas) pilots, represented by the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224, have issued this statement:

Pilot attrition is accelerating at Allegiant Air as pilots, even senior captains with many years invested, have been leaving in increasing numbers for companies luring them with better and safer operations, better working conditions, better schedules and increased compensation and benefits packages.

A significant number of pilots have recently left and more indicate they are planning to leave Allegiant Air in pursuit of greener pastures. Flights have been cancelled and Allegiant Air continues to deploy sub service due to a lack of crews to fly their airplanes. The airline’s management and investors should equally be concerned with pilot attrition, as it has a direct impact on the operation.

Not only is Allegiant Air having trouble retaining qualified pilots, but the management team is struggling to replace the losses by attempting to hire from a dwindling pool of qualified candidates who, once exposed to the realities of employment at Allegiant Air and the difficult relationship with an anti-union management team, often elect to leave as well.

Even as the number of new hires replacing former pilots at the airline is steadily climbing, some new hires elect not to show up for training.

The accelerating loss of pilots is not a sustainable model for the company, it’s not favorable for shareholders, and it certainly doesn’t offer perks for the remaining pilots on payroll. Already flying full schedules, some of the remaining pilots are finding themselves forced into covering additional flights, keeping them away from home for weeks and even months at a time.

The pilots, and the union representing them, are urging the management team to address the underlying conditions at the root of the crew shortage.

“Addressing several key issues would go a long way towards stemming the company’s losses,” said Teamsters Local 1224 President Daniel Wells, speaking on behalf of the Allegiant Air pilots. “The Teamsters have presented the company with a comprehensive proposal, to which they have refused to reply. The proposal addresses key and legitimate concerns held by the Allegiant Air pilots. An honest effort by the company to reach an agreement during contract negotiations would have a positive effect, stem the unsustainable losses they are experiencing, and allow the company to succeed going forward.”

In August 2012 the pilots overwhelmingly voted for Teamster representation. Following the union vote, working conditions at Allegiant Air began to plummet. Many pilot benefits were reduced below prior negotiated levels, resulting in a lawsuit and a court-ordered injunction against the company which directed Allegiant Air to restore benefits to previous levels.

“We want to work with the management team at Allegiant Air to build an airline where pilots will want to come and stay,” said Wells. “It’s time to stop spending money fighting in Federal Court and blaming government regulatory agencies for operational challenges.”

The pilots have taken their concerns to management and repeatedly extended their assistance to help Allegiant Air become a sustainable, successful airline. However, offers for a team effort and support from the pilots are met with disregard and disdain.

The union has begun surveying pilots who are leaving Allegiant Air in order to best identify and trend the causal factors leading to a pilot’s decision to leave. As soon as enough statistical data has been documented to ensure sound statistics, the pilots intend to present the data to their management team in another effort to stem meaningful change.

The Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division and represents nearly 4000 members among 11 air carriers that operate both passenger and cargo aircraft. Local 1224 is the certified bargaining unit that represents all flight crew members employed by ABX Air, Inc., Allegiant Air, Atlas Air, Inc., Brendan Airways, LLC, Horizon Air Industries, Inc., Hyannis Air Services, Inc., Kalitta Air, LLC, Kalitta Charters II, LLC, Miami Air International, Omni Air International, Silver Airways Corporation, and Southern Air, Inc.

Allegiant has not yet responded with a public statement.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N881GA (msn 49708) arrives at the Las Vegas base.

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