Allegiant Travel Company
Allegiant was founded in 1997 in Fresno, Calif. In 1999, the company began scheduled passenger service between Fresno and Las Vegas utilizing a DC-9 aircraft. In December 2000, Allegiant filed for bankruptcy and Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., the major creditor of the airline, gained control of the business during reorganization. In June 2001, Gallagher restructured the airline to a low-cost model and moved the headquarters and operations to Las Vegas, NV, where they remain today. Allegiant's unique strategy has allowed the company to remain profitable every quarter since 2003 despite industry challenges that include fluctuating fuel costs and an unstable economy. Gallagher remains Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Allegiant.
Allegiant provides nonstop, scheduled service from 88 U.S. cities. 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 the Department of Defense, athletic organizations, film production companies and corporations.