Airline Profiles – Allegiant Air
Allegiant Air is one of the big airlines of America, and one of the more interesting to the spotter and special flights enthusiast who likes to fly on older types.
Focusing on low cost and leisure services, Allegiant can be found in most of America’s regional airports providing services to popular tourist and business hubs, such as Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.
Having commenced operations in 1998 using Douglas DC-9 equipment, following bankruptcy in 2000 Allegiant was able to restructure and focus on better sources of revenue. It introduced a fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series aircraft which were cheap to acquire, but still had plenty of hours left in them. The airline focussed heavily on low cost fares, with revenues from ancillary services such as baggage and selling food.
Today the airline has many operating bases, and is restructuring its fleet around the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. Older types are being replaced.
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
- Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
- Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport
- Los Angeles International Airport
- McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
- Myrtle Beach International Airport
- Oakland International Airport
- Orlando Sanford International Airport
- Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport
- Pittsburgh International Airport
- Punta Gorda Airport (Florida)
- Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
- St. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport
Allegiant Air Fleet
- N251NV on order
- N252NV on order
- N253NV on order
Being phased out
McDonnell Douglas MD-82/83
The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 fleet is to be phased out by 2020, focusing on an entirely Airbus A320 family fleet.