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Allegiant Air announces 17 new routes and two new cities

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today announced new, nonstop jet service on 17 new routes and service to two new cities, San Antonio, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri.

New routes announced include:

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

Rochester, N.Y. – Begins Nov. 13, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
Omaha, Neb. – Begins Nov. 5, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
Pittsburgh – Begins Nov. 5, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
San Antonio – Begins Nov. 5, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
Kansas City, Mo. – Begins Nov. 13, 2015 and will operate twice weekly

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

Grand Island, Neb. -Begins Nov. 7, 2015 through spring 2016 and will operate once weekly

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

Belleville, Ill. – Begins Nov. 5, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
Oklahoma City – Begins Nov. 5, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
San Antonio – Begins Nov. 6, 2015 and will operate twice weekly

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) from:

Las Vegas – Begins Dec. 18, 2015 through spring 2016 and will operate twice weekly

Year-Round Nonstop Service to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

Appleton, Wis. – Begins Nov. 6, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
Scranton, Pa. – Begins Nov. 6, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
Kansas City, Mo. – Begins Nov. 12, 2015 and will operate twice weekly

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Begins Nov. 4, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
Akron / Canton, Ohio – Begins Nov. 6, 2015 and will operate twice weekly
Kansas City, Mo. – Begins Nov. 13, 2015 and will operate twice weekly

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

San Antonio – Begins Nov. 5, 2015 and will operate twice weekly

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com.

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Allegiant announces 22 new routes, will acquire two more Airbus A320s

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service on 22 routes, including a new destination in the Allegiant network — Savannah-Hilton Head, Georgia.

New routes announced include:

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) from:

1. Cincinnati, Ohio – begins June 4, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

1. Little Rock, Ark. – begins June 4, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Telluride, Colorado via Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) from:

1. Los Angeles, California – begins June 5, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio – begins June 3, 2015

2. Clarksburg, West Virginia – begins June 5, 2015

3. Indianapolis, Indiana – begins June 4, 2015

4. Sanford (near Orlando, Florida) – begins June 4, 2015

5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – begins June 5, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Oakland International Airport (OAK) from:

1. Omaha, Nebraska – begins May 1, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio – begins May 21, 2015

2. Cincinnati, Ohio – begins May 8, 2015

3. Columbus, Ohio – begins June 4, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

1. Concord, North Carolina – begins May 8, 2015

2. Memphis, Tennessee – begins May 22, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

1. Brownsville, Texas – begins June 4, 2015

2. Memphis, Tennessee – begins May 22, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

1. Boise, Idaho – begins June 5, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

1. Memphis, Tennessee – begins May 22, 2015

2. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – begins May 7, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

1. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – begins May 7, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio – begins May 21, 2015

2. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – begins May 6, 2015

Over the years, Allegiant has carried over 43 million passengers, and the company continues to grow, offering more nonstop service in more communities. In 2014, Allegiant announced service in six new cities and added 25 new routes to its network, at a time when many airlines are consolidating and cutting service. The company recently announced its 48th consecutive quarter of profitable operation while keeping its average one-way fare under $100.

Allegiant Travel Company also announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase two additional A320 aircraft. The aircraft are currently being operated by Philippine Airlines (Philippines) and are scheduled to enter the Allegiant operating fleet toward the end of 2015.

Including the two A319s that deliver in 2015, which were announced on February 23, the company now expects 2015 CAPEX to be approximately $230 million.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N217NV (msn 1347) arrives at Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB).

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Allegiant launches the Austin-Sanford route, arrives in Jacksonville

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Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (February 13) celebrated its inaugural flight to Orlando area from Austin, Texas.

Since beginning flights from Austin to Las Vegas in November 2013, Allegiant has flown over 40,000 Austin travelers to Las Vegas and back.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).

Contributing Editor Joe Fernandez of Fernandez Imaging was there to cover the inaugural. Here is his report:

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Above Photo: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport director, Jim Smith, on the right cuts the ribbon for the inaugural flight with city, chamber of commerce and Allegiant representatives participating.

Allegiant Air began new service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS) to Orlando-Sanford International Airport (KSFB) on Friday morning, February 13. The airline is the first one to provide service to Sanford International Airport from Austin. At the present, there will be two flights per week. On Mondays, the flight is scheduled to depart Austin at 10:00 AM arriving in Orlando at 1:40 PM. The returning flight departs at 7:45 AM and arrives in Austin at 9:20 AM. On Fridays, the flight to Orlando-Sanford will depart at 7:00 PM arriving at 10:40 PM. Return flights will depart Orlando-Sanford at 4:45 PM arriving in Austin at 6:20 PM. This is the carriers second destination from Austin Texas. Allegiant Air began Austin to Las Vegas flights in 2013.

The inaugural flight celebrations included a live band, plenty of cake, and gifts for all the passengers. Several key officials also helped in the ribbon cutting ceremonies at the terminal before boarding the plane. “More service to a populated area such as Orlando, is great news for Central Texas, giving more choices for passengers to fly to Austin”, said Jim Smith, Director of Austin-Bergsrtrom International Airport. “Allegiant has been successful from day one in Austin achieving good customer response on its route to Las Vegas”.

Allegiant Air was founded in 1997 under the name WestJet Express in Fresno, California and is now based in Nevada. The airline currently operates McDonnell Douglas MD-80, Boeing 757-200, and Airbus A319/A320 airliners. With well over 90 destinations as of 2014, Allegiant primarilly serves leisure travelers with flights to warmer destinations such as Las Vegas, Orlando, and Phoenix. It also has private charter operations.

Orlando-Sanford International Airport is located within a short drive north of the downtown area. The airport is dedicated more toward vacationing public and British / European charter airlines and is considered a good alternative to the larger Orlando International Airport. Orlando Florida is a famous world wide resort destination with a number of large theme parks, shopping areas, restaurants, and attractions for all ages to enjoy.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the airport of choice for all of Central Texas. With over 10.7 million passengers in 2014, the airport continues to grow and provide more flight options. Apart from the new Allegiant route to Orlando, new destinations are coming soon such as Air Canada to Toronto in May, American Airlines to Miami in March, Frontier Airlines to Atlanta in March, Branson Air Express to Branson Missouri in May, and Southwest Airlines to Saint Louis Missouri and Santa Ana (Orange County) California in June.

Above Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (marketed as the MD-82) N415NV (msn 49909) lifts off from Austin bound for Sanford.

In other news, the company also launched twice-weekly service yesterday from Richmond, Virginia to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in the Tampa Bay area.

Additionally the ultra low-fare airline also started twice-weekly Syracuse, New York-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood  flights yesterday.

On Thursday, February 12, the company has commenced its first service to Jacksonville, Florida from Cincinnati and from Pittsburgh on the next day.

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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 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 announces five new routes to Florida

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service on five new Florida routes, including one route each to Punta Gorda and Sanford (near Orlando) and three to St. Petersburg/Clearwater (Tampa Bay).

New routes announced include:

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

Belleville, Illinois – begins November 19, 2014
Bloomington, Illinois – begins November 21, 2014
Concord, North Carolina (near Charlotte) – begins November 13, 2014

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

Peoria, Illinois – begins November 14, 2014

Nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

Huntington, West Virginia – begins Nov. 20, 2014

Allegiant differs in many ways from other U.S. airlines. The company is focused on low-cost, nonstop leisure travel, providing customers with low base fares while giving passengers the option to pay for the amenities they want, like luggage, seat assignments and priority boarding, without including the cost of things they don’t need in the price of the ticket.

Allegiant’s innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one airplane and one route 15 years ago, to offering access to low-cost, nonstop travel in more than 90 communities nationwide. This year, Allegiant has inaugurated service on 16 new routes to popular U.S. vacation destinations. Additionally, the company recently announced its 46th consecutive quarter of profitable operation while keeping its average one-way fare under $100.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The Airbus A319s and A320s are based at Sanford. Former easyJet Switzerland Airbus A319-112 HB-JZN (man 2387) became N302NV with Allegiant.

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Routes from Sanford. Allegiant operates nonstop routes to SFB from small underserved markets from the eastern half of the United States to the vacation Orlando area destination.

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Orange Air operates charter flights for the U.S. government

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Orange Air, LLC (Sanford) is a relatively new FAR 121 Air Carrier located at the Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, FL (north of Orlando).

The charter airline received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on June 3, 2014. On June 10, 2014 it operated its first charter flight.

Mission Statement:

Orange Air strives to be a leading service provider of passenger air charter for Commercial Customers, US and International Government Agencies and US Defense Contractors providing the safest, most reliable, highest quality service and to be the most competitive 121 non-scheduled airline in the industry.

Copyright Photo: Orange Air. The crews stand in front of the first aircraft, former Belle Air McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) N918AV (msn 49104, ex ZA-ARD).

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