Las Vegas based Allegiant Airlines has retired its final two Boeing 757-200 aircraft leading to the airline ending flights to Hawaii.
The low cost carrier once operated a fleet of six 757-200s, beginning in 2010. This was the first time that Allegiant had operated another aircraft type besides the MD-80, but has since added a significant Airbus fleet. In 2011, Allegiant flew its first 757 route from McAllen, Texas (MFE) to Las Vegas (LAS). Allegiant commenced Hawaii service in 2012, serving Hawaii from its hubs at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) and Las Vegas. Hawaii was also served from Bellingham, Washington, Los Angeles (LAX), Stockton, California (SCK), and Eugene, Oregon (EUG).
The 757s were gradually withdrawn from the fleet beginning in 2015, with the Hawaii to Bellingham route ending in 2014, followed by the Phoenix-Mesa, Eugene, and Stockton routes, which were all served during exclusively during the summer, being cancelled for the 2015 season citing low demand. Service to Los Angeles was then axed in 2015, leaving Las Vegas as the only surviving route from Hawaii which ended on October 28th.
Allegiant initially planned to use the 757s for service to Mexico in addition to Hawaii, but these plans never materialized.
The 757s were initially supposed to leave the fleet in August of 2016, but Allegiant elected to continue Hawaii service for one more year, requiring two 757s to remain in the fleet. The final two 757s, N905NV and N906NV, were flown to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville on October 31st.
As the airline continues to modernize, the remaining 39 MD-80 series aircraft are set to be replaced by Airbus A319s and A320s. Earlier this year in May, Allegiant took delivery of a new aircraft for the first time. All of its previous aircraft had already flown with other airlines before entering the Allegiant fleet.
As the new aircraft are being delivered with sharklets, the question as to if Allegiant will return to the Hawaii market remains. While this seems unlikely due to the low demand the airline cited as the reason for ending Hawaii service, the new A320 aircraft seat 186 passengers, a decrease of 31 seats from Allegiant’s Boeing 757 aircraft, potentially allowing Hawaii to work with less demand. The A320 equipped with sharklets would likely be able to make it to Las Vegas, with anything farther east a stretch.
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