Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

'60 Minutes' report raises questions over Allegiant Air's safety

'60 Minutes' report raises questions over Allegiant Air's safety

According to '60 Minutes, ' Allegiant - which the show described as having "some of the lowest fares, the least frills, and the oldest fleet in the business" - was on average almost "three and a half times more likely to have mid-air breakdowns than American, United, Delta, JetBlue and Spirit". Allegiant also canceled or rescheduled 11 separate flights leaving Las Vegas, its headquarters, during that month. "Thanks to these professionals, flights out of OGS are operated safely and efficiently using the newer Airbus A320 aircraft". "The City of Concord is not in a position to speak to the safety practices and operations of Allegiant or other carriers, other than all airlines must meet FAA requirements". "The Sanford Airport Authority has total confidence in the FAA". The company's revenue for the quarter was up 12.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Allegiant Air will post 10.82 EPS for the current year. However, thanks in large part to the efforts of the airline's mechanics, pilots and dispatchers, Allegiant has become a leader in operational reliability, with the second fewest mechanical cancellations in the industry.

The company claims the story is outdated, and it prioritizes safety as a company.

But, for now, I'm going to maintain my 100 percent record of never having flown on Allegiant.

Allegiant also posted a statement dismissing the incidents described in the show as "years old" and as having occurred before the company's latest FAA audit.

In the memo, Allegiant blamed the report on a "terminated employee" who is "currently engaged in a lawsuit seeking money damages against the company".

In that time period, "60 Minutes" counted dozens of in-flight mishaps and in-flight emergencies on Allegiant's planes. This one-sided presentation falls far short of responsible journalistic standards expected from reputable outlets, including 60 Minutes.

When 60 Minutes made a Freedom of Information Act request for mechanical interruption summary reports, it says it got them from seven USA airlines. They received the corresponding documents from each of the airlines except Allegiant, which objected. "We are disappointed yet again by another feeble attempt to damage the reputation of our hard-working team members and that of our company". The review didn't find "any systemic safety or regulatory problems", although it did identify "a number of less serious issues, which Allegiant addressed".

Allegiant's workforce is made up of more than 4,000 dedicated and hard-working people who wake up every day thinking about how to move our customers safely from one place to another. Its statistics for deplaned passengers are almost identical.

Now, Allegiant says that pilot is pushing the story to CBS and paying one of the experts "60 Minutes" interviewed.

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