Allegiant Fights Back Against 60 Minutes Segment


In a letter to customers, Vice President of Operations, Captain Eric Gust called the "60 minutes" report "grossly misleading". The airline is an ultra-low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas with 99 planes flying to 120 destinations.

In his statement, Gust said Allegiant is a leader in reliability and has the second-lowest cancellation rate among all USA airlines.

The city of Concord responded to a recent report from CBS' 60 Minutes that alleges Allegiant Airline may be unsafe. They said the story was based on outdated statistics - similar allegations were raised in 2016 by the Tampa Bay Times in Florida - and was prompted by a pilot who was sacked after ordering an emergency evacuation in which some passengers were injured.

"We are aware of Sunday's 60 Minutes report involving Allegiant Air and its safety record", Concord City Manager Lloyd Payne said in a statement.

"We believe that the efforts of Allegiant's workers to join together and speak with one voice is having a positive impact on the culture of safety at the airline".

"They don't have the number of mechanics", Goglia told "60 Minutes" for its report.

CBS said it initially received no cooperation from Allegiant or the Federal Aviation Administration, but eventually was able to document 100 mechanical problems by the airline from January 2016 to October 2017.

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"We found little in the way of incrementally negative data points concerning Allegiant's operational challenges over the past few years on last night's 60 Minutes", Stifel analyst Joseph DeNardi wrote in a note to clients Monday, according to CNBC. This unoriginal and outdated story bears no resemblance to Allegiant's operations today, and shows a fundamental misunderstanding of FAA compliance practice and history.

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.

"My husband has flown Allegiant many times and said he had never had a problem, but I was still nervous after reading all the material slamming Allegiant for their safety record", Ribken said.

Not only do we expect our team members to adhere to all company procedures and policies, but many positions are subject to statutory and regulatory obligations, the violation of which would not only trigger punitive action from the company, but could also result in enforcement action from regulatory agencies, loss of a certification, and even criminal charges.

Kinzer was sacked three weeks later and is fighting the dismissal in court. "Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programs to ensure we operate to the highest standards".

In response to inquiries, the FAA provided a copy of a letter it sent to "60 Minutes" on April 11.

The report also suggested that lax FAA oversight had allowed Allegiant's mechanical issues, including an instance of in-flight engine failure, to continue. We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001.