Air Allegiant's "60 minutes" report released after seven months


Allegiant has one of the highest load rates of all the airlines flying from HIA, Miller said, largely because of its low fares and concentration on the leisure travel market.

That was the question presented by a scathing CBS 60 Minutes report Sunday night that questioned whether the deep discount carrier is safe to fly.

The "60 Minutes" report used public documents filed by Allegiant Air with the Federal Aviation Administration to show serious mechanical incidents, aborted takeoffs, cabin-pressure loss, emergency descents and unscheduled landings between January 2016 and October 2017.

Allegiant is St.Pete Clearwater Airport's biggest customer with more than 14,000 flights a year and $2 million in airport revenue.

Our Scripps sister station in Las Vegas, KTNV, also reported on safety concerns in an extensive investigation two and a half years ago.

Allegiant flies to 78 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, out of the Sanford airport. The airline served about 1.4 percent of all airline passengers who traveled through Armstrong Airport in 2017.

Bill Fischer, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, said in a statement that T.F. Green airport has not experienced issues with Allegiant. Most flights out of Mesa are operated with Airbus aircraft.

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Media coverage about Allegiant Air (NASDAQ:ALGT) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. "We are confident that no other airline is under more scrutiny by the FAA than Allegiant". 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The company claims the story is outdated, and it prioritizes safety as a company.

Now, Allegiant says that pilot is pushing the story to CBS and paying one of the experts "60 Minutes" interviewed. This one-sided presentation falls far short of responsible journalistic standards expected from reputable outlets, including 60 Minutes. He said the FAA is being "a safety partner" to the airlines, and "it is working".

"We're satisfied that ...we are taking the appropriate actions with regard to Allegiant and every other carrier that we work with to make sure that those problems have been appropriately dealt with", John Duncan, the FAA's executive director of flight standards, told "60 Minutes". Gust also said Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programs. Several anonymous, non-disciplinary reporting systems are available through Allegiant as well as through the FAA for team members to report safety concerns.

Allegiant's response, in a memo sent to employees, called the "60 Minutes" report "inaccurate" and "deceitful". We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001.

The low-priced airline based out of Las Vegas, with several flights coming through Concord Regional Airport, reportedly has more than three times the number of serious in-flight mechanical failures as other U.S. Airlines, according to the results of a seven-month investigation by the 60 Minutes team. "There were no frills, but for the price of the tickets, we didn't expect any".