Allegiant secures ETOPS certification for Hawaii flights

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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air has received extended range operations (ETOPS) certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration, clearing the way for it to begin flights to Hawaii later this month.

The airline will launch flights on eight new routes to Hawaii, two of which will begin on 29 June and 30 June, respectively. The remaining six routes will launch in November.

Allegiant is operating Boeing 757-200 aircraft on the new routes.

"Obtaining ETOPS and flag carrier status not only clears the path for our new service to Hawaii, but also opens up potential international opportunities and will play an important role in our company's future growth," says Allegiant's president Andrew Levy, adding that he is "pleased" with initial bookings on the Hawaii routes.

Allegiant currently operates four 757-200s and owns another two, which are on lease to a European carrier. These aircraft will be returned to Allegiant's fleet in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, respectively.

The carrier will begin flights between Las Vegas and Honolulu on 29 June, followed by flights between Fresno, California, and Honolulu a day later.

It will launch operations on the Bellingham, Washington-Maui route on 14 November. This will be followed by Bellingham-Honolulu flights from 15 November and Monterey, California-Honolulu flights from 16 November. Allegiant will then start flights on Eugene, Oregon-Honolulu and Santa Maria, California-Honolulu on 17 November, followed by Stockton, California-Honolulu on 18 November.