Iowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4418 times:
Great choice Allegiant. Hopefully FAR will be soon. This summer RAP will also welcome new UA ORD service. With all these new cities G4 has (is) announced out of LAS lately along with HP (mainline and express), LAS has to be up pretty far in the list for Non-stop destinations I would think
Iowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4400 times:
Press Release May 10, 2005
VIVA LAS VEGAS!
ALLEGIANT AIR ANNOUNCES NEW, NONSTOP AIR SERVICE BETWEEN RAPID CITY, S.D. AND LAS VEGAS: AIRLINE CELEBRATES WITH INTRODUCTORY $59* FARE
(Rapid City, S.D.) — What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but it will soon start in Rapid City, S.D. as Allegiant Air, LLC, today announced new, nonstop jet-service to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas-based, low-fare airline will inaugurate scheduled service from the Rapid City Regional Airport to Las Vegas beginning July 6, 2005 with introductory fares as low as $59* one-way, when book at www.allegiantair.com.
“We’re extremely pleased to extend the Allegiant brand of low-fare, nonstop jet-service to the Black Hills community,” Maurice J. Gallagher, Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. “This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only scheduled, nonstop service between the Rapid City and Las Vegas.”
The new flights will operate twice weekly, with service Wednesday and Saturday. Beginning July 6, flights will depart Rapid City at 12:05 p.m. arriving in Las Vegas (McCarran International Airport) at 1:25 p.m. Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 8:00 a.m. arriving in Rapid City at 11:25 a.m. (all flight times are local).
“On behalf of the City Council and the entire community, I am pleased to welcome Allegiant Airlines to Rapid City,” Rapid City Mayor Jim Shaw said. “One of the goals of the Mayor's Air Service Task Force has been to secure additional air carriers for Rapid City and the Black Hills. We have long and mutually beneficial relationships with our top notch air transportation partners Northwest, United and Delta. The new twice weekly flights from Allegiant Airlines will expand and enhance the exceptional air service available from Rapid City by providing a convenient and direct route to the Southwest for travelers from throughout the Black Hills and the entire five-state region. Rapid City is growing and expanding, and the decision by Allegiant Airlines to begin service here underscores and strengthens the positive growth we are experiencing in our community. “
The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route. The airline said that its market research and input from local community leaders indicate that the Black Hills area will welcome the new nonstop flights and low fares to Las Vegas as an alternative to connecting flights or long drives to other airports.
"Over the last year we had over 19,000 total passengers flying between Las Vegas and Rapid City, and we are hopeful that we will be able to grow the market both ways with this service,” Mason Short, Executive Director, Rapid City Regional Airport, remarked. “Allegiant has had good success in Sioux Falls helping grow their overall market and it is anticipated that Rapid City Regional Airport will experience that same level of growth, or higher, in the coming years. This provides us an opportunity to bring people from America's fastest growing city to the Black Hills, allowing them to explore ponderosa pine forests, mountain meadows and clear-running trout streams."
“With 38 million visitors expected this year, Las Vegas is the world’s No. 1 vacation destination,” James McKeon, President of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce said. “But more importantly, Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in the U.S. This new non-stop service between Rapid City and Las Vegas gives us an opportunity to entice tens of thousands of new visitors with the beauty of the Black Hills.”
Allegiant also offers complete air and hotel vacation packages to Las Vegas as low as $250* per person including round-trip airfare and hotel stay for four-nights (based on double-occupancy, stay at the Circus Circus, Wednesday departure and Saturday return prior to Sept. 30, 2005).
Through the company’s Allegiant Vacations division, low-cost packages are available with many of Las Vegas’ most exciting hotel properties, including the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Excalibur, Circus Circus, Hotel San Remo, Gold Coast, Boardwalk, Westin Casuarina and Orleans.
Allegiant’s $59* one-way introductory fare is available at www.allegiantair.com and must be purchased by May 27, 2005 for travel July 6 through Sept. 30, 2005. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares on the route will range from $89 -$189, one-way.
*The introductory $59 fare is based on round-trip travel and may not be available on all flights. Return fare is regular price. No advance purchase is required. Fares do not include PFC, segment tax or September 11 security fee of up to $10.20 per segment. Travel purchased at an Allegiant Air ticket counter or through Allegiant Air call centers will cost an additional $4.00 per segment. A segment is defined as one take-off and one landing. Any change in itinerary will result in a $25 per passenger, per segment, service fee plus any applicable fare difference. Seats are limited and tickets are non-refundable. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.
Reservations can be made on the airline’s website at www.allegiantair.com, through the airline’s Reservations and Information Center at 800-432-3810 or through professional travel agents.
About the Company
Allegiant Air, LLC is an all-jet, low-fare, low-cost passenger airline dedicated to providing a new way to fly. At Allegiant, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way and a Saturday night stay is never required. With a focus on leisure travel, the company emphasizes low-costs, innovation and leisure traffic to world-class destinations – currently Las Vegas, Nev. and Orlando, Fla. The company provides its customers additional value through its Allegiant Vacations division, which maintains significant hotel partnerships in both Las Vegas and Orlando. Allegiant currently provides nonstop scheduled service from 18 U.S. markets to the
Las Vegas destination. Beginning May 26, 2005, the airline will begin scheduled service from four U.S. markets to Orlando. In addition to its scheduled service, the airline also operates charter service throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The carrier’s charter customers include Harrah’s Entertainment, Apple Vacations, U.S. Forest Service, collegiate athletic organizations, film production companies and corporations. Allegiant’s fleet includes 13 MD80 series jet aircraft, all fitted with comfortable leather seats and spacious overhead luggage bins. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., Allegiant is a privately owned airline founded in 1997.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5919 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4364 times:
Quoting Iowaman (Reply 2): Wednesday and Saturday flights are kind of strange, I guess aircraft availbility is an issue on other days.
McAllen will open with a Monday/Friday schedule so this is probably the same equipment.
Quoting Sunking737 (Reply 3): Does anyone know how many MD80 aircraft they have and how many more they are getting?
Currently 13 aircraft. There is 1 more on the way that I know about, scheduled for a late May/early June delivery. Rumor is they have been shopping for more for delivery this year. ATCRick can probably provide info.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
AT502B From South Africa, joined Dec 2004, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4356 times:
Apart from the summer months they're going to have a tough time filling the MD 80's- the Black Hills area just doesn't have the population Probably why it's only twice a week. Does any Major Airline still fly mainline to RAP? Last time I was there, NW was the only airline with DC9 service. UA,DL flights were operated by commuters.
Jeb94 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 637 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4072 times:
Allegiant is currently at 13 aircraft. 3 are due to depart for SFB later this month. 2 operate for Harrah's. One out of Reno and the other out of IFP. 2 new aircraft are due at the end of this month/first half of June. 1 or 2 more are due a little later this summer. So much for the no fly Saturdays. Luckly we still have no fly Tuesdays, except for charters, to get work done. SFB has been selling very well out of DSM and PIA, beyond originally predicted numbers. Madison has been doing about as expected. Any A&Ps with experience, especially on MD-80s, that want a job check out www.Allegiantair.com.
BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 8040 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4048 times:
Quoting AT502B (Reply 5): the Black Hills area just doesn't have the population
Spent three days in RAP two years ago - talking about a one horse town! Having spent two weeks in the Tetons and Yellowstone, I was looking forward to some nightlife - even mount rushmore was a letdown after the Tetons!
GEG2RAP From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 858 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4000 times:
night life??? you weren't hanging out in the right side of town, given it is a town of 60k but you have to know the right block
Mt. Rushmore is a let down used to be fun experience now it is just another attraction pay for parking etc
The hills are a fun place to camp/fish though
Welcome G4 and ORD Service this summer
Iowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3996 times:
Quoting Jeb94 (Reply 13): SFB has been selling very well out of DSM and PIA, beyond originally predicted numbers.
I can almost guarantee CID would be the same. People around here are willing to drive along ways for cheap service, so I'm sure CID would draw people from all of eastern Iowa and even western Illinois that are going to the Orlando area.
CIDFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2488 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3980 times:
Quoting Iowaman (Reply 17): I can almost guarantee CID would be the same. People around here are willing to drive along ways for cheap service, so I'm sure CID would draw people from all of eastern Iowa and even western Illinois that are going to the Orlando area.
Amen to that Iowaman! I did hear from Pam Hinman, the marketing director at the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) and also ATCRick on here has been very optimistic that CID will receive SFB service soon. I am crossing my fingers that we will have it before the end of the summer! I think it would be very popular here and would definitely be competitive to the non stop Airtran MCO service out of the Quad Cities.
Atcrick From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 772 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3977 times:
Good afternoon all. G4 does currently operate 13 aircraft. The next delivery will be in the first week of June. That will also be the last aircraft ifrom SAS. The next one is coming from AeroMexico and is currently undergoing a C-Check in MEX. Thats scheduled to be complete on or about Jun 10th. Let me know if I can assist further.
Sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2089 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3961 times:
Hey Rick I sent you an email. I hope your MX will check out the Aero Mex bird real well.
SY got some DC-10-15 from them. We had one that went through a thunder storm and she lost all kinds of paint. MX guys almost had a heart attack. She was painted 2x the first year. They did a bad job of priming before painting.
That was my first thought exactly. But whoever went down to MEX to see it, said the aircraft appeared to be an as good if not better condition then some we've gotten from SAS. Time will tell. I'll get to your email when the operation slows down here in awhile.
ATCRick From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 772 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3926 times:
That piece of information I did not know. But thats good to hear. We have had issues with SAS in the past that have delayed deliveries but you'll see that kind of thing anywhere. We want the best possible aircraft when we accept it because after that, its our problem.
Iowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3911 times:
Quoting CIDFlyer (Reply 18): Amen to that Iowaman! I did hear from Pam Hinman, the marketing director at the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) and also ATCRick on here has been very optimistic that CID will receive SFB service soon. I am crossing my fingers that we will have it before the end of the summer! I think it would be very popular here and would definitely be competitive to the non stop Airtran MCO service out of the Quad Cities.
Hopefully, I understand they applied for the money the FAA gives out every year to smaller airports, and they want money for advertising and other things, along with "a new LCC service carrier" which would be really nice.
: I talked to the FAA ispectors a couple days ago and they seem to know a lot about this plane. I also seem to recall talks with SAS for one more, possi
: Jeb94, Oh please, please, please, no more -217 powered 82's. N890GA was often a nightmare when it came to figuring out where to send it.
: I have a question for those in the know at G4 - At the website, under the jobs link, the position of Station Manager is listed for ALL locations. Is t
: Ummm, did anyone tell Allegiant that Rapid City is losing its Air Force Base? This will surely dampen the market there.
: Can the whole population of South Dakota fit on the plane? Only time will tell. There are more people in 3 square blocks of New York than the whole to
: Personally, that doesn't concern me. Any base closings are still a couple of years away. Allegiant has shown the willingness to quickly pull out of r
: Fatflyer, Good morning. Good points all. Whats the chance of RAP being a different kind of market where as opposed to the standard of bringing people
: My remark about Rapid City was intended tongue firmly in cheek! All you memebers in SD don't pounce on me Love to the peeps in SD.
: No attack intended, I suspected you were being tongue in cheek but don't forget we have a lot of non-US visitors on here who may not catch that witho
: Not to mention the equipment we use would be a tad of an upgrade for the pax.
: quote=Ssides,reply=28]Ummm, did anyone tell Allegiant that Rapid City is losing its Air Force Base? This will surely dampen the market there.[/quote]
: RAP is not such a hole in the wall town. I go through it every year when I visit Rushmore. I think G4 will do fine there. There are plenty of people w
: I don't know about cost but it shouldn't be too difficult to convert an 81 or 82 to an 83. Change the landing gear, rudder actuator and throw limiter,
: Whoops, sorry, I'm getting a little too technical
: I would worry a little more about MSO then RAP, and I wouldn't be that concerned about MSO. Allegiant generates a lot of traffic, due to there low-far
: I'm sure we will be announcing more cities in the very near future, or as the aircraft delivery schedule dictates. I just don't know where in LAS we a
: Do you still only have two gates in LAS? Also as far as parking, I know it's pretty limited, last time I was there you were parking towards the 25R t
: Iowaman, We now have 3 gates. D4, D6, and D17. And we still do park out where you mentioned when the aircraft isnt scheduled out for awhile. We also h
: Now I know why G4 is starting a hub at SFB, they needed the room to park their planes over night.
: Or they see a great opportunity to make money at SFB