MIAMI — Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will end flying between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii in August 2016 and retire the five Boeing 757-200s from its fleet, company executives told employees earlier this week.
Back in 2012, Allegiant began flying to Hawaii, and initially, it connected several cities with the islands, including Bellingham, Boise, Fresno, and Phoenix/Mesa and also served Hawaii from Las Vegas and Los Angeles as well.
Though, only the Las Vegas and Los Angeles flights survived as Allegiant made some cuts to its Hawaiian operations over time, but in August 2016, they will no longer.
During a town-hall meeting, Hawaii-based employees were told of the news, and Jude Bricker, Allegiant’s senior vice president of planning, cited an increase in competition as a reason the airline would be cutting its Hawaii service.
The airline announced that they would help the employees transfer to another position in the Allegiant system, and made known that the Board of Directors voted to pay a one-time bonus due to the company’s recent profitable year. Non-executive employees below the vice president level will get five percent of what they have been paid during the first three quarters of this year; vice presidents and above will not receive a bonus.
The 757 Retirements
Allegiant has opted to retire its Boeing 757s just as they are due for D checks; the airline is choosing to retire them instead of paying for the time consuming and expensive maintenance check.
The Las Vegas Review Journal points out that three of the 757s will be retired before Labor Day 2016 as they will then be due for their checks then. The remaining two will be based out of Las Vegas until they are due for their scheduled maintenance. Meanwhile, Allegiant will continue to take delivery of more Airbus A320 family aircraft.