The company came into existence in January, 1997 when its founders, Mitch Allee, Jim Patterson, and, Capt. Dave Beadle agreed on the partnership details outlined by the necessary contracts needed when starting a business. Mitch served in the capacity of the CEO whereas Patterson served as president of the company.
Finally, Capt. Dave served in the capacity of Chief Pilot. In 1998, the company got FAA and Department of Transportation (DOT) Certification. This officially allowed them to operate charter and scheduled flights locally within the USA and also included international destinations like Canada and Mexico (Company, 2007).
Allegiant Travel Co. retained sole ownership of Allegiant Airline until December, 2000 when changes in the ownership structure occurred. These changes proved to be necessary especially with the company’s failure to generate enough revenue to stay afloat. As a result, the company had to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in 2000 and ownership shifted to Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. during the reorganization phase. Gallagher used his prior knowledge acquired while working with other esteemed Airlines to transform Allegiant Airline into its current form. He did this by changing the company’s market target to smaller entrepreneurs in need of chartered and scheduled services neglected by larger airlines. To this date, the company boasts over 1,800 employees working all around the world (Company, 2007). The company’s headquarters are in Enterprise, Nevada. Gallagher is also responsible for shifting the company’s headquarters from the airline’s initial hub located in Fresno, California to Enterprise, Nevada in June, 2001 (Wheelen, 2011). ...