ALLEGIANT AND MAKE-A-WISH® ALLIANCE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS
COMPANY CELEBRATES INDUCTION OF MAKE-A-WISH® AIRCRAFTORLANDO, Fla. Feb.11, 2014 - Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) and Make-A-Wish® today unveiled a cobranded airplane livery, commemorating Allegiant`s commitment to provide flights for Make-A-Wish families traveling to their wish destinations. The aircraft was inducted into service in a ceremony at the Orlando / Sanford International Airport, celebrating the more than 70 wish families Allegiant has carried since the start of company`s relationship with Make-A-Wish.
"Allegiant is honored to provide air travel for the inspiring families of Make-A-Wish," said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President and Chief Operations Officer. "Our new plane showcases our pride in working with such an influential organization and playing a role in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. Allegiant team members are passionate about making vacation possible for the nearly 100 communities that we serve. Our ongoing relationship with Make-A-Wish embraces that initiative by making more vacations possible for the families of Make-A-Wish."
"Airline travel is a critical wish resource needed for nearly 75 percent of wishes." said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. "Allegiant`s support for wishes that involve travel helps wish kids get to the destinations of their one-true-wish where life-changing experiences await."
The 177 seat Airbus A320, is currently based at the Orlando / Sanford International Airport, and will fly to the more than 50 cities that Allegiant serves from Orlando. More than 60 percent of the wish travel Allegiant has provided was travel to Orlando.
The company provided a sneak peek of the special Make-A-Wish® branded livery in December 2013 with a social media campaign to raise money for Make-A-Wish. Allegiant committed to donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $10,000, every time the time-lapse video of the plane painting was shared. The donation check for the full $10,000 was presented to Make-A-Wish representatives at the aircraft unveiling. The time-lapse video of the plane painting can be viewed at http://gofly.us/rBXwF.
Since teaming up with Make-A-Wish in May of 2012, Allegiant has donated wish travel for more than 70 families traveling to their wish destinations and more than $150,000 in cash sponsorships for Make-A-Wish events across the country. With service from nearly 100 communities to popular family vacation destinations such as Orlando, Southern California and Hawaii, Allegiant is looking forward to continuing to help grant travel wishes.
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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, allegiant.com. The company has been named one of America`s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for four consecutive years. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/17bZ4xO.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world`s leading children`s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.
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Source: Allegiant Travel Company via GlobeNewswire
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