News from Allegiant Air today which had been long anticipated. The airline will terminate its last flights to Honolulu this fall. Allegiant announced that it will retire its aging and questionably reliable fleet of Boeing 757 aircraft that flew to the islands. Otherwise, once every six year, expensive, heavy maintenance D checks would have been required.
We all had very high hopes when Allegiant entered the Hawaii deal market in 2012. They announced aggressive Hawaii expansion with flights from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Bellingham, Phoenix, Boise, Eugene, Fresno and Stockton. Prices started at $99 each way. But within two years they had terminated all flights except from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Honolulu. Los Angeles flights ended in 2015, leaving only Las Vegas.
In 2010, in order to begin flights to Hawaii, Allegiant bought six previously owned Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Those were delivered in 2010 and 2011. Thereafter Allegiant received FAA certifications including ETOPS for long distance over water flights. As they cancelled some of their Hawaii flights, Allegiant started using the 757’s within the continental U.S.
Allegiant Hawaii service was never popular
For multiple reason’s Hawaii never panned out for Allegiant. These included:
- Limited service model including seats that did not recline.
- A la carte pricing including fees for carry-on luggage.
- Multiple newsworthy service delays and safety concerns.
- Lack of customer service. As Allegiant officials told us personally, they are not a “high touch” airline. It is about getting people cheaply from one place to another.
- Aging, expensive to maintain aircraft.
In the end, the Allegiant Hawaii model had very limited appeal to those of us who live in Hawaii and to Hawaii visitors. We opted to never fly Allegiant Air.