Allegiant Air is an American low-cost airline owned by Allegiant Travel Co. that operates scheduled and charter flights. Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is a publicly traded company with 2,848 employees and over $2.6 billion USD market capitalization. The corporate headquarters are in Summerlin, Nevada, a suburban community of Las Vegas. Allegiant Air was founded in January 1997 by Mitch Allee (Owner, CEO), Jim Patterson (President) and Capt. Dave Beadle (Chief Pilot). The airline received FAA and DOT certification June 19, 1998. (Please note: Allegiant Airlines was originally founded as a "High End" charter airline and was a completely different airline from the airline currently operating out of Las Vegas, NV.) Allegiant was founded in 1997 under the name WestJet Express. After a trademark dispute with West Jet Air Center of Rapid City, South Dakota and with the names similarity to WestJet Airlines of Canada, the airline adopted the name Allegiant Air and received its operating certificate for scheduled and charter domestic operations in 1998. The airline also has authority for charter service to Canada and Mexico. Wholly owned by Allegiant Travel, the airline has over 2848 employees.