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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 goes to court to prevent a strike by its pilots

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) and its relationship with its pilots, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), seems to be getting worse. Yesterday afternoon the airline went to a local U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to block a threatened strike by its pilots. The unionized pilots see a strike as their last resort in the stalled contract talks that are headed towards arbitration.

The company issued this statement:

Allegiant Air has received a court order, pilots will resume flying.

A court in Las Vegas has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224, which represents the Allegiant pilots.

Allegiant has every reason to believe that the Teamsters will honor the court’s instructions and will not be able to continue with their illegal intention to strike. This order will prevent a threatened pilots’ strike which would have left potentially thousands of travelers with cancelled flights over the Easter holiday weekend. Based on this, all scheduled Allegiant flights are expected to operate normally.

With the threat of an imminent strike over, Allegiant hopes that both parties can now focus on the next federally mediated negotiating session, scheduled for late April.

Previously before Allegiant went to court to get a restraining order, the pilot union issued this statement yesterday:

Veteran pilots at Allegiant Air, the country’s most profitable airline, announced this morning (April 1) that they will not be flying regularly scheduled routes on Thursday, April 2 from the airline’s major hubs across the country, including Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa and Las Vegas. The strike comes as Allegiant refuses to reestablish a prior scheduling system and restore other basic benefits that have been illegally rolled back over a two-year period during which the company has posted record-level profits. In January, 98 percent of the company’s pilots, including those on reserve duty, voted to authorize a strike.

“Striking is a last resort, but we cannot continue to stand by a company that flaunts the law by robbing the pilots of legally protected rights and benefits. The company has to restore the status quo that it illegally took from us,” said Tom Pozdro, a pilot based in Las Vegas. “We deeply regret the inconvenience to our passengers and other work groups and encourage them to call Allegiant, asking them to do what is right by honoring its commitment to its pilots and the public by restoring our basic, legally regarded standards, protections and benefits.”

The strike has the potential to ground more than 250 flights from taking off Thursday, impacting over 33,000 customers, including thousands headed to Las Vegas for March Madness Final Four events, Spring Break travelers and others. On Monday, pilots posted an open letter to Allegiant customers alerting them to concerns at the airline, including operational problems that lead to the delays and cancellations that have made Allegiant one of the least popular airlines in the travel industry.

Allegiant Air is the most profitable commercial airline in the U.S. with 48 consecutive profitable quarters. Its executives are among the highest compensated in the industry, with the company CEO – and largest shareholder – taking home tens of millions in shareholder returns in recent years.

“Allegiant is making millions in profits, yet executives refuse to invest in the company’s infrastructure, operations and workforce. The haphazard scheduling system is creating exhaustion and stress for pilots,” said Tom Cox, a pilot based out of Phoenix who has been with Allegiant for over five years. “Pilots at Allegiant want to put our company on the right track for long-term success, and that means reinvesting in its workforce and planes. They can start with complying with the law by reinstating the legally protected work rules and benefits they took from us.”

Read the full report from 8 News Now in Las Vegas: CLICK HERE

Anti-Union Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallegher’s worst nightmare: Read Ted Reed’s excellent story in Forbes: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N217NV (msn 1347) arrives back at the Sanford (near Orlando base).

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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 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 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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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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