United States Low Cost Carrier, Allegiant Air, has finally received ETOPS Certification from the FAA and is set to begin flights to Hawaii later this month. The ETOPS, or Extended Twin Engine Operations, Certification will allow the airline to operate the long flights over open water from destinations in the US to Honolulu and Maui. Allegiant will utilize Boeing 757-200 aircraft on the route, that it currently flies on high density flights throughout the mainland US. Along with the ETOPS Certification, the FAA also classified Allegiant as a "Flag Carrier", which is necessary for the planned operations.
Flights to Honolulu from Las Vegas and Fresno are set to begin this month with those from Bellingham, Monterey, Eugene, Santa Maria, and Stockton commencing in November. Bellingham will also have nonstop service to Maui, also beginning in November.