Allegiant Air responds to critical '60 Minutes' report

An Allegiant Air passenger jet takes off from the Monterey airport

Between the beginning of 2016 and the end of October 2017, a 60 Minutes investigation uncovered more than 100 serious mechanical incidents the airline experienced: from hydraulic leaks and air pressure loss in the cabin to rapid descents, aborted takeoffs, and more-including 60 unscheduled landings.

"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". Additionally, we expect our team members to follow all company policies and practice strict adherence to FAA regulations and guidelines.

Allegiant reported more than 100 "serious mechanical incidents" between January 2016 and October a year ago, according to the CBS report, which was based on "service difficulty reports" filed with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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 is St.Pete Clearwater Airport's biggest customer with more than 14,000 flights a year and $2 million in airport revenue. Bank of America upgraded Allegiant Air from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $145.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th.

A comment from Captain Eric Gust, Vice President of Operations called the report a "falsehood" and "one-sided".

"As it relates to operating Concord-Padgett Regional Airport, the City of Concord must meet FAA and TSA requirements for security and safety, and works closely with Allegiant and many other agencies to plan and prepare for potential responses to emergency situations".

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Tim Davis of Direct Travel is offering support for Allegiant Airlines.

"Aviation travel is still the safest mode of transportation and safer than driving a auto", he said. She said she had a positive experience, despite her worries about Allegiant's safety.

"I think it is improving but it still has a ways to go", Cox said.

Older planes can be operated very safely, but they tend to burn more fuel and require more maintenance.

FAA associate administrator of safety Ali Bahrami defended the agency's performance by pointing to the lack of a fatal crash involving a USA airline since 2009, and said FAA regulation "has been very successful" in pushing airlines "to the highest level of safety".

"I'll never forget this, the most absurd thing I've ever heard in my life".

On its social media feed, Allegiant answered those who tweeted they were anxious by asking them to send a private message. "Had we identified such problems, the FAA would have taken immediate action".

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