Airline Finance News - Latin America / Caribbean.

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New York, Delray Beach (AirGuideBusiness - Airline Finance News Latin America / Caribbean) Apr 8, 2012

Airbus Airbus expands MRO network. Airbus on Thursday announced BrazilOs TAM MRO has joined the Airbus MRO Network, becoming the 18th member. It currently provides services for the Airbus A320 and A330/A340 families in South America. The aircraft manufacturer told attendees at the Aviation Week MRO Americas conference Thursday it has seen a growing group of customers under flight hour services. Last year it earned $700 million of additional flight hour services business, Airbus SVP-services and customer support Tom Anderson said. It is investing in a pool of parts to continue to support the flight hour services segment. OOur continuous strategy is to support a growing fleet E tailor what we do to match the needs of the customers,O he said. ODiversity in our customer base is driving us to be more tailored and more adapted in what we do,O Anderson said. OWe went through a period of time when we tried to keep things simple E IOm taking E a different direction E we need to adapt.O Apr 6, 2012

Allegiant Air Allegiant Announces New Base of Operations in Punta Gorda, Florida. Allegiant announces the establishment of a new base of operations at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) as of June 27, 2012. The company will open the base with one 150 seat, MD-80 series jet aircraft at the airport and create local jobs for flight attendants and airport service personnel. In conjunction with the base, Allegiant will begin new, nonstop air service to Southwest Florida from four markets. The carrier will offer introductory fares as low as $74.99* one way, including taxes and fees, to the following cities from Punta Gorda Airport: "Southwest Florida has been a successful part of our vacation destination offerings for some time," said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president. "Having a base at Punta Gorda Airport will allow us to give more of our markets access to the Southwest Florida coast and offer travelers more affordable vacation options. We are happy to partner with an airport that operates in a low-cost, efficient manner, which allows us to pass the savings on to our customer." "When I met recently with business leaders in the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, one of their top concerns was increasing direct flights into and out of Charlotte County," said Congressman Tom Rooney. "I'm very happy that Allegiant is helping to meet the need for low-cost, direct flights that will help boost our local economy and bring more jobs to the area." "We are very pleased with this expansion of service to Punta Gorda Airport by Allegiant," said Kathleen Coppola, Chair of the Charlotte County Airport Authority. "The economic impact of the visitors in our community from Allegiant is very much appreciated. Allegiant, which has been at Punta Gorda for over three years, has developed a strong following with its discount pricing." The Punta Gorda Airport is Allegiant's ninth base of operations, the fourth in Florida. Allegiant currently provides service to Southwest Florida, via Punta Gorda Airport, from three cities, including Greenville, S.C., Knoxville, Tenn. and Lexington, Ky. Reservations can be made on the company's website at or by calling the company's travel experts at 702-505-8888. Allegiant, travel is our deal. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq:ALGT - News) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company...

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