(Copied from here) Is the Price ceiling falling or is it just the entry of LCC into the Hawaii market? It’s both! Yesterday Allegiant Air announced they are going to start flying from Fresno, Ca and Las Vegas, NV! This is the first time a LCC has entered the Hawaii market since both ATA and Aloha Airlines filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Furthermore there’s some Hints that SWA might be flying to Hawaii as well! Allegiant Air is going to fly newly acquired 757s with 217 economy seats in a single configuration. If this is anything like Finn air’s single configuration 757-200 you can expect a bone crunching 29”-30” pitch! So theses long haul flights will neither comfortable nor fun. If you’re not looking forward to being crammed into your seat, then also know that at this time Allegiant has not stated if they plan on offering any inflight entertainment options, and I’d be shocked if you find power on board. So pack your Gameboys, Ipads, books, and more for you’re going to need something to distract you on this 5-6 hour jaunt and no, running up and down the aisles is not a new sport! The initial launch from Vegas will be June 30 and flights will depart Sin City to the Tropical Paradise of Waikiki every Wednesday, Friday and Sat and return from Honolulu to Vegas on Sundays, Wednesday, and Friday. Depart Vegas: 8:30am arrive 11:50am Depart HNL: 1:10pm arrive 9:50pm Flights will also Depart weekly to and from Fresno, leaving Fresno every Sunday, returning from Hawaii the following Saturday, so unless you plan on a weeklong Vacation look out for a different airline. Depart Fresno: 9:10 am Arriva 11:55 Depart HNL: 1:10pm Arrive 9:25pm The SAME plane will connect all the cities. On Wednesday morning, the airplane will leave Vegas for Honolulu and will do a quick turn in the afternoon and head straight back to Vegas. The plane will do the same thing on Friday and Saturday, however on Saturday, the 757 will go to Honolulu at the same time, but then the afternoon it will return to Fresno instead of Vegas. Sunday morning, it flies back to Honolulu and in the evening it returns to it's Home in Vegas. The Inside turn will allow the crews to be based in Allegient's home base of Vegas. Allegiant is offering introductory fares for as low as $174 each way or $348 round trip. But remember Allegiant air is as unbundled as the airlines come and will charge you an additional $35 per checked bag and between $10 and $35 for a carry on! To see a complete list of Allegiant fees click here. Even with all the add-ons fares on Allegiant are MUCH lower than the legacy carriers. Competitor’s nonstop tickets in June and July are currently priced at $495 from Vegas, where as one stop service from Fresno starts as low $856! This low prices are a true DoubleWide Delight! In other news SWA received their first ETOPS B737-800s in March and this morning and 2 B737-800s planes took off this morning. 8302F aka Orca left BWI at 7am EST on its maiden flight to Fort Myers, Fl while the other, 8301 dubbed Warrior One, departed Chicago Midway for Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The ETOPS certified plane carries an additional 38 more passengers. SWA will receive an additional 33 of these planes in 2012 and 41 in 2013! With 74 of these ETOPS B737-800 SWA will soon be eyeing Caribbean and Hawaiian routes! SWA CEO already stated in 2010 that current plan is to take the 20 aircraft in 180-minute ETOPs configuration. The aircraft "would bring us to more distant markets like Hawaii, Cancun, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda," he said. So Hawaii travelers watch out, If SWA also enters this market, Fares shall start falling! Another DoubleWide Delight!