Allegiant Fights Back Against 60 Minutes Segment

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 16, 2018

However, 60 Minutes reports that according to federal aviation records and interviews with pilots, mechanics and industry experts, it may also be the most risky.

Investigators with the news program found that between January 1, 2016 and October 2017, the Las Vegas-based airline experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including aborted takeoffs, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions and midair engine failures.

On its social media feed, Allegiant answered those who tweeted they were anxious by asking them to send a private message. It's unclear what Allegiant means by "concerns". Four analysts have provided estimates for Allegiant Air's earnings. "Incidents referenced are years old, and took place before our most recent, comprehensive FAA audit".

Some of the biggest issues that impacted the budget carrier and its passengers included aborted take-offs, flight control malfunctions, mid-air engine failures, rapid descents, smoke in the cabin and more.

The story highlights how Allegiant's problems come from the confluence of its aggressive business model and a safety culture aviation experts find to be lagging.

Former National Transport Safety Board member John Goglia also revealed that Allegiant's 60 unscheduled landings and 46 in-flight emergencies were alarming considering the size of the airline. Kroft himself said in the "Overtime" segment that he is "flabbergasted" that not more people know about Allegiant's safety record.

During Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes on CBS, numerous problems that have plagued low-priced airline Allegiant Air throughout the years were highlighted in a segment that has caused major waves in the airline industry. We are, however, encouraged by the company's shareholder-friendly measures. The violation of those obligations would trigger not only punitive action from Allegiant, but could also result in enforcement action from regulatory agencies, loss of a certification, and even criminal charges. "To suggest that Allegiant would engage in the practice of asking team members to violate company and regulatory obligations is offensive and defamatory".

"The FAA exercises rigorous oversight of Allegiant, as they do all airlines operating in the United States".

"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". Additionally, we expect our team members to follow all company policies and practice strict adherence to FAA regulations and guidelines. Several anonymous, non-disciplinary reporting systems are available through Allegiant as well as through the FAA for team members to report safety concerns.

"They don't have the number of mechanics", Goglia told "60 Minutes" for its report. We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001.

Captain Eric Gust, Allegiant Air's vice president of operations, said: "The story is outdated, bears no resemblances to the Allegiant I know, and shows a real and troubling misunderstanding of the FAA's rigorous oversight of Allegiant and all USA airlines, which is truly the worldwide gold standard in transportation safety". "In this role he oversees all system pilots and pilot training operations, regulatory compliance and flight standards, and the safety and security of all operations, team members and passengers".

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