NV! This is the first time a LCC has entered the Hawaii market since both ATA and Aloha Airlines filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Furthermore there’s some Hints that SWA might be flying to
Hawaii as well!
757-200 you can expect a bone crunching 29”-30” pitch! So theses long haul flights will neither comfortable nor fun. If you’re not looking forward to being crammed into your seat, then also know
that at this time Allegiant has not stated if they plan on offering any inflight entertainment options, and I’d be shocked if you find power on board. So pack your Gameboys, Ipads, books, and
more for you’re going to need something to distract you on this 5-6 hour jaunt and no, running up and down the aisles is not a new sport! This will truly be a back of the bus
Wednesday, and Friday.
The SAME plane will connect all the cities. On Wednesday morning, the airplane will leave Vegas for Honolulu and will do a quick turn in the afternoon and head straight back to Vegas. The plane
will do the same thing on Friday and Saturday, however on Saturday, the 757 will go to Honolulu at the same time, but then the afternoon it will return to Fresno instead of Vegas. Sunday morning,
it flies back to Honolulu and in the evening it returns to it’s Home in Vegas. The Inside turn will allow the crews to be based in Allegient’s home base of Vegas.
checked bag and between $10 and $35 for a carry on! To see a complete list of Allegiant fees can be seen here.
Even with all the add-ons fares on Allegiant are MUCH lower than the legacy carriers. Competitor’s nonstop tickets in June and July are currently priced at $495 from Vegas, where as one stop
service from Fresno starts as low $856! This low prices are a true DoubleWide Delight!
In other news SWA received their first ETOPS B737-800s in March and this morning and 2 B737-800s planes took off this morning. 8302F aka Orca left BWI at 7am EST on its maiden
flight to Fort Myers, Fl while the other, 8301 dubbed Warrior One, departed Chicago Midway for Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The ETOPS certified plane carries an additional 38 more passengers. SWA will
receive an additional 33 of these planes in 2012 and 41 in 2013! With 72 of these ETOPS 737-800 SWA will soon be eyeing Caribbean and Hawaiian routes! SWA CEO already stated in 2010 that current
plan is to take the 20 aircraft in 180-minute ETOPs configuration. The aircraft “would bring us to more distant markets like Hawaii, Cancun, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda,” he said.
Hawaii travelers watch out, If SWA also enters this market, Fares shall start falling! Another DoubleWide Delight!