Allegiant To Move Two Flights To LAX

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

Allegiant announced that effective November 18, the low-cost carrier is moving two of its flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Los Angeles International.

The airline is discontinuing nonstop flights from LGB to Bellingham, Washington, and Idaho Falls, according to an announcement released July 15. Allegiant continues with its flights to Las Vegas and Colorado Springs from Long Beach.

“Moving these flights from Long Beach to Los Angeles will give our customers additional options to fly to the heart of Los Angeles,” said Andrew Levy, president of Allegiant Travel Company, in a prepared statement. “They can continue to enjoy Allegiant’s popular, low-fare, nonstop flights and travel deals to and from Southern California.”

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More Boeing Layoffs

Boeing has announced issuing layoff notices to approximately 510 employees in its space exploration division, due to the ending of the Space Shuttle program. The notices include 100 layoffs at the company’s Huntington Beach facility, 260 layoffs in Houston and 150 layoffs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The last workday for affected employees is August 5, pending completion of the final space shuttle mission, STS-135.

Allegiant, JetBlue Pick Up Slots From Frontier Departure

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

After Frontier Airlines officially discontinued service at the Long Beach Airport on April 18, Allegiant and JetBlue Airways are now taking over the empty slots left behind.

The two low-cost air carriers have 90 days to start service, which includes selling tickets, and they are required to be flying within 180 days. Both Allegiant and JetBlue received one commercial airline slot each, after winning a lottery that included Delta and Alaska airlines.

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News In Brief

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

• JetFlite International has added a Challenger 601 aircraft to its charter fleet. Headquartered at the Long Beach Airport, JetFlite is a worldwide provider of aircraft management and charter services. The Challenger 601 is based in New York at the JetFlite International Center in Farmingdale and is available for charter operations. The Challenger 601 is capable of flying nonstop from Los Angeles to New York and can typically accommodate as many as 12 passengers.

• The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against Boeing, alleging the aerospace giant violated federal labor law by deciding to transfer a second production line of its 787 Dreamliner, which had been planned to be solely manufactured in Everett, Washington, to a non-union facility in South Carolina. The NLRB claims the move was discriminatory against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). In a statement, Boeing said it would vigorously contest the claims and called the complaint “legally frivolous.”

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Australia Orders Another C-17

Good news for Long Beach: The Commonwealth of Australia is buying another C-17 Globemaster III. The announcement came a few minutes after 12 noon, today, April 18.

The order marks the 5th C-17 for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

According to the announcement, the aircraft is needed due to the increased demand for humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

The announcement said: “RAAF C-17s supported relief efforts to earthquake – and tsunami-affected regions in Japan under Operation PACIFIC ASSIST for nearly two weeks in March.” The RAAF delivered personnel and more than 1 million pounds of cargo – including food and water, vehicles, disaster relief equipment, and pumps to help cool the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Weeks earlier, the RAAF supported relief efforts in Christchurch, New Zealand, following an earthquake there, and to several communities in Queensland, Australia, that were affected by flooding.”

C-17 Program Manager Bob Ciesla thanked the RAAF for its confidence in the airlifter’s capabilities. “We salute the RAAF and its crews, who helped save lives in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. We are proud to serve as their partner.”