We recently reported the aircraft spotting of Allegiant’s first two 757’s flying in Europe for other carriers. This still unexplained situation caused us to speculate that Allegiant might not ever make it to Hawaii’s shores. You can read more about where those planes went, and why Allegiant might be changing Hawaii plans here.
“For our followers watching Hawaii flights: We currently plan to start Hawaii service in 2012, but we don’t have route information yet”. — Allegiant
Since then, however, press from Allegiant indicates that they either still intend to fly to Hawaii or at least plan to keep that door open, pending further developments. The first indication came in a Tweet likely in response to my post.
Andrew Levy, Allegiant’s president said again this week that the carrier intends to start Hawaii service in Summer 2012. One of the six planes being acquired will begin service in the continental US this summer, as we believed might be needed for Allegiant’s ETOPS certification process. Watch for Las Vegas to be the destination for their interim 757 service.
Allegiant plans to use the planes for future international service too, although no specific details were announced. Mexico is apparently one country being considered.
More 757’s coming. Levy indicated the likelihood that they’ll “certainly be buying a lot more.”
Confirmation of Allegiant’s indicated intentions were found in their recent Twitter feed:
There’s a lot more to come in this unfolding story. I’m hopeful that Allegiant will join Southwest here in Hawaii, bringing with them Hawaii travel deals to drive down the cost of your next Hawaii vacation.
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