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When we first heard about Allegiant Air and their plans to grab some Boeing 757s for flights over to Hawaii we were pretty darn excited. After all, who wouldn’t want to head off to paradise while saving a few bucks in the process? Of course things are pretty budget-oriented with Allegiant, so your discount fare is complete with a side of fees, charges, and other extras. However, if it’s between paying for a bag or two—and not going to Hawaii—we’d gladly pay for the bags.
Anyway, it looks like not long after the first flights took to the skies it’s already time to change things up. Allegiant Air is cancelling a whole bunch of flights to and from the islands, as they figure out what to do with their planes for the summer travel season.
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When it comes to Allegiant, we’re usually not cheering on their in-flight service, roomy seats, or extensive route network. We do like that they fly for Hawaii on the cheap, but after that they're kind of a low cost carrier through and through. However, we might be changing our tune sooner than later, as it sounds like they’re getting ready to throw a little bit of an in-flight party. Sure it’s going to cost you to enjoy a few in-flight cocktails, but with their new bags filled with booze it'll be worth it.
Allegiant is teaming up with the folks over at Good Time Beverages, as they’re looking to loosen you up on your way to your final destination. The cocktails have been added to Allegiant’s in-flight menu, as items like Bob and Stacy’s Premium Margarita are now available for a little bit of an in-flight toast. The cocktails are “bar quality”—their words not ours—and come in individual little pouches. Right now they’re on about six routes within Allegiant’s network, as you can find them on flights to spots like Los Angeles, Honolulu, Las Vegas, and Oakland. Starting this month—it’s February now—things will become available on flights headed towards Florida as well.
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News about Allegiant Air usually is all about cheap fares to lesser known city pairs, unique fees and surcharges, and of course the recent ability to fly all the way over to Hawaii. Rarely—as in never—do we hear the carrier’s thoughts on in-flight entertainment or other tech tidbits to keep passengers entertainment while up in the air, so that’s why we almost choked on our breakfast burrito when we heard about their feelings on in-flight movies.
Allegiant is planning to team up with Row 44 in hopes of bringing a little bit of in-flight connectivity to their low-cost carrier model, as apparently they understand that even passengers on cheap fares can get pretty darn bored up in the air.
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· Alaska Airlines:
We can’t guarantee a fare war from Washington over to Maui, but with a couple of airlines planning service in the near future it’s definitely a possibility. Alaska Airlines is planning to send plenty of planes and people between Bellingham, Washington and Kahului, Hawaii starting at the beginning of November. It’s going to be just seasonal service, as the flights are scheduled to run four times per week through April 14. Alaska Airlines’ flights are set to start flying about a week before the competition from Allegiant Air begins. If you choose to go with Alaska Airlines be sure to book sooner than later, as right now they’re offering up introductory one-way fares starting from $179.
· Allegiant Air:
South Bend, Indiana is getting another affordable flight option thanks to Allegiant Air, as the carrier is looking to add a fifth nonstop flight to and from the city. This time it looks like Punta Gorda, Florida will be the latest option, as Allegiant adds to its route network. They’ve already been flying to spots in Florida as well as Las Vegas and Phoenix. Of course when flying with Allegiant you’ll need to be mindful of their tendency to tack on additional fees, charges, and other costly tidbits. However, with one-way flights starting at $95 it’s probably worth taking a chance with Allegiant.
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· Allegiant Air:
It hasn’t been too long since we last heard about Allegiant Air and their plans for Hawaii, but they’re already looking for more. The ultra low-cost carrier is going all in with their service to and from the Aloha State, and they just announced like five new tropical nonstop options. Bellingham, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; Santa Maria, California; and Stockton, California are all getting nonstop flights right over to Honolulu.
However, that’s not the end of their new route news, as they’re also flying right into Maui from Bellingham, Washington. All the new routes start just in time for the holiday season—like between November 14 and 18—and the initial fares can be had for as low as $159 each way.
We used to get really excited over Frontier Airlines and their new route news, but now that we know that there’s no chance to score a free chocolate chip cookie, it’s just not the same. Regardless of how we feel deep inside, we’ll fulfill our due diligence by letting you know that the animal-tailed airline will be heading nonstop between Denver International Airport and Great Falls International Airport—that’s in Montana in case you didn’t know. The new flights started doing their thing earlier this week, and now they’ll continue to do so four times per week throughout the summer months. It’s Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and all the flying will be done via the carrier’s WiFi-enabled Embraer 190s.
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Those residing in The Triangle are getting a new nonstop option this summer to go along with their new airport, and it’s going to take passengers all the way across the country. United is planning to launch nonstop flights between Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco beginning on August 15, although technically the first flights leave SFO on August 14. The new routes will do their thing aboard some of the airline’s Boeing 737-800s, and the flights are scheduled to be a daily option. United is the only carrier flying back and forth without a stop between the two cities, so you can expect to pay a bit of a premium for the right to do so.
· British Airways:
This week brings new route news from British Airways, as it looks like they’ll be sending some of their planes, passengers, and pilots to somewhere new. The airline is planning to link London-Gatwick with Algiers beginning at the start of the summer season. It’s going to be an option seven times per week, and all the flying fun will be done with some of the airline’s Boeing 737s. A weekend is North Africa sounds like a good way to get out of town right after the madness of the Olympics is over, so if you call London home—or just like to visit—this might just be something to look into.
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2012 has been one sad disappointment after another when it comes to Allegiant Air. The Las Vegas-based LCC started the year by teasing a huge announcement that got everyone excited about potential Hawaii service, only to unveil some underwhelming routes into and out of Oakland. Then they got tagged by the Department of Transportation for cheating on DOT's new price advertising rules, which are supposed to include all government taxes and which capped years of work on, among other things, hidden baggage fees.
In what feels like kind of a petulant followup, Allegiant just announced that they're going to start charging for carry-on bags. Passengers who prepay online will have to pay $10 to use the overhead bin, while travelers who wait until the airport will get hit with a $35 charge.
We were all in a tizzy to hear what Allegiant Air had in store for us this week, as they were teasing some news on their Facebook page. It wasn’t exactly like waiting for Santa to arrive, but we kind of thought they would finally reveal some new details about their plans for Hawaii. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case—we’ll continue to wait—but they did announce information on their plans for another pretty decent location.
Allegiant Air is ready to boost service to and from the Bay Area of California, as they now have Oakland on their radar. Folks looking for some cheap options in the East Bay will probably welcome the addition, and the airport is only a traffic-filled bridge away from the rest of the area’s residents. Allegiant has named Oakland their newest focus city, so that means like seven new nonstop options for everyone from Raiders fans to MC Hammer.
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Get that loofah ready, as it’s time to shower at 35,000 feet. Alright, that might be a little premature, but Emirates is expanding their reach into the United States. Eventually they’re thinking that they’ll be utilizing plenty of Airbus A380s to whisk passengers here and there, but for now it’s going to be the trusty Boeing 777 doing its thing.
Dubai will be connected with Dallas as of February 2, and when March 1 rolls around it will be nonstop from Seattle to Dubai. Even if the Middle East isn’t your final destination, there’s plenty of connections, and it seems that Emirates has it figured it out when it comes to long-haul flying.
For those looking to head to Yellowstone in the middle of the winter—good luck—but you can get there thanks to SkyWest. They’re connecting the airport in Cody, Wyoming with Salt Lake City flying under the Delta umbrella. There will be one flight a day this winter, and they’ll be serving the route with the ultra-comfortable CRJ200 regional jet. This route isn’t too popular when the weather turns chilly, so it’s actually subsidized by Uncle Sam and the Essential Air Service. .
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· Virgin America:
We might have mentioned this earlier in the week, but when it comes new a new option from Virgin America it’s hard not too give it some extra attention. Get your sunblock and sombrero ready, as it’s time to head to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from San Francisco. Just in time to escape your family holiday traditions, the new flights will run five times a week beginning on December 2. After 2012 begins the flights will drop down to four times a week, but we’re not complaining—adios!
· Hawaiian Airlines:
Residents of the East Bay no longer need to go across a bridge to get to Hawaii, because Hawaiian Airlines is bringing nonstop flights in and out of Oakland beginning early next year. Things will head between Oakland and Maui four times a week beginning on January 11, and it will all happen thanks to some of the airline’s Boeing 767 aircraft. No need to plan your visit during the winter either, as this service is scheduled all year long. Flights leave the Bay Area around 8am, and you’ll be in paradise just in time for lunch—with a side of Mai Tai.
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Remember way back when, when we found out about Allegiant Air and their plan to bring cheap-o Hawaii flights to the masses? Unfortunately we’re not quite there yet, but we are one step closer to getting to paradise for just a song. The airline had to buy some new planes that could make it all the way to Hawaii—they’re Boeing 757s in case you were wondering—but until recently Allegiant Air hadn’t been flying them.
Uncle Sam—and his pals over in the FAA—just gave the airline the necessary stamps and approvals to start using their new planes, so now’s the time for them to hit the skies. Initially Las Vegas is the big winner, as Sin City will be welcoming vacationers and locals via nonstop flights from McAllen, Texas and Rockford, Illinois aboard these new planes.
It's been almost a good 10 days since the infamous hole in the Southwest plane incident, and now the public knows a whole lot more about airplane metal fatigue than they did last month. The specific Southwest Airlines aircraft that popped open like a soda can tab first began flying back in 1996, making it 15 years old.
So how old are the planes of other airlines? Leave it to the AP to do some digging, and the results may surprise you: