Tag Archives: Texas

Allegiant launches the Austin-Sanford route, arrives in Jacksonville

Allegiant DC-9-82 N415NV (10-Travel is our deal)(Tko) AUS (FEI)(LR)

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:

Allegiant AUS inaugural (FEI)(LRW)

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.

Allegiant Air aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Aviation friend

 

JetBlue Airways flight 1295 aborts its takeoff at New York JFK to avoid a taxiing Caribbean Airlines flight 526

JetBlue logo

JetBlue Airways (New York) flight 1295 from New York (JFK) to Austin, Texas with an Airbus A320 was ordered by FAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) to avoid its takeoff on runway 22 at JFK International Airport late Saturday night (January 17). The order was given to avoid a possible collision with a taxiing Caribbean Airlines flight 526 operated with a Boeing 737-800. According to this report, the Caribbean flight “taxied across” the JetBlue’s takeoff path. The two aircraft never came any closer than 2,800 feet. The JetBlue flight taxied back to the gate.

Read the full report from Newsday: CLICK HERE

Caribbean Airlines logo

The State of Texas now supports the American-US Airways merger

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) received good news in its efforts to merge. The State of Texas has dropped out of the group opposing the merger along with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Texas now supports the merger and issued this statement:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix) have announced they have reached an agreement for the Texas Attorney General to support the proposed merger of American and US Airways.

Under the terms of the agreement, the new American Airlines will maintain scheduled daily service to more than twenty airports in Texas. In addition, the agreement provides that Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport be maintained as a large hub airport for the combined airline and that the new American will maintain its headquarters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The State of Texas had previously joined the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) as co-plaintiff in its pending suit to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. With today’s agreement, the Texas Attorney General has agreed to withdraw his participation in the DOJ’s lawsuit.

“I’m pleased we were able to find common ground and gain the carefully considered support of the Attorney General in our home state,” said Tom Horton, chairman, president and CEO of AMR. “This is an important step forward for American Airlines, for Texas, and for our customers and people of both American and US Airways. Texas has long played a lead role in our company’s history, and this agreement is assurance of our commitment to maintain and enhance the outstanding levels of service and connectivity that the new American will provide to the citizens of Texas. This merger will enhance job security and career opportunities for our combined Texas based employee base of nearly 25,000. The combined airline will fly more people and more goods to more places while providing more competition to benefit customers in the U.S. and abroad. We thank Attorney General Abbott for his partnership in finding a solution and also thank the people of American and US Airways for their continued support of the merger.”

Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways, said the following: “We are grateful to have the support of Attorney General Abbott. In addition, the support for the merger from the employees of American Airlines and US Airways has been overwhelming. This combination makes sense for our customers, employees and the communities we serve. We are dedicated to completing this merger on behalf of all of them.”

Texas airports included in the agreement include:

  • Abilene Regional Airport
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport
  • Corpus Christi International Airport
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • East Texas Regional Airport
  • Easterwood Airport
  • El Paso International Airport
  • Houston William P. Hobby Airport
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Jack Brooks Regional Airport
  • Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport
  • Laredo International Airport
  • Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
  • McAllen-Miller International Airport
  • Midland International Airport
  • Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
  • San Angelo Regional Airport
  • San Antonio International Airport
  • Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
  • Waco Regional Airport
  • Wichita Falls Regional Airport

In other news, the DOJ lost its bid to delay the trial in its lawsuit to stop the merger. Many of the DOJ’s attorneys and staff were put on furlough due the government shutdown.

The “airline trial of the century” will proceed as scheduled in late November.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 737-823 WL N938NN (msn 33490) lands in Las Vegas.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

US Airways: AG Slide Show