New SRQ carrier Allegiant has safety record scrutinized on '60 Minutes'

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Shares of the budget airline were down sharply in pre-market trading
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18 April, 2018

"They must adhere to FAA rules and regulations and it appears they continue to do that". "When they have safety issues, so when they have safety issues we have to be concerned about it because they set the standards".

"This story follows an unoriginal narrative based entirely off of outdated statistics, incidents that are years-old, and so-called "industry experts" - many of whom have not seen the inside of an airline's operations in years". But as "60 Minutes" reported, when a near crash happened due to a missing component in 2015, the FAA investigator recommended strong enforcement and maximum fines.

"Yeah, I am not afraid to take Allegiant. Our clients are extremely happy and they come back for repeated bookings on Allegiant".

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating potential securities claims on behalf of shareholders of Allegiant Travel Company ("Allegiant" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: ALGT).

Allegiant's record of breakdowns appears related partly to the age of its fleet, particularly its MD-80 planes, which are almost 28 years old on average and require more maintenance than newer planes. The company now operates roughly 100 planes.

A "60 Minutes" documentary that aired last Sunday found that in-flight breakdowns were common.

"It was my first time (on Allegiant) and it's the last", she said. "We were flying 280,000 out of that airport in the late 70's", said Wilhoit.

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During his interview with "60 Minutes", Wells said Allegiant pilots have been discouraged from reporting safety issues and concerns. Bill Nelson is calling for an investigation into the FAA for its reported handling of an Allegiant Air's poor safety record.

Gelderman, a regular traveller between the Lower Mainland and Phoenix where he owns a home, said he stopped flying Allegiant for several years because of frequent delays.

Even after hearing about these issues, some passengers at the Des Moines Airport said they would still fly with Allegiant.

We caught up with customers at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport catching a flight to Florida Monday evening. Since that time, the FAA said it has conducted ongoing evaluations of Allegiant's safety compliance, as it does with all airlines, and has not identified any significant problems. "Allegiant is very important to us". "It's only going to take one time to really screw up and you're going to kill a bunch of people". It offers direct flights to four destinations in Florida.

Arizona's Family has reached out to other airlines. "All we can do is we can encourage Allegiant to do what's right", he said, adding he thinks it will overcome the controversy.

On its social media feed, Allegiant answered those who tweeted they were anxious by asking them to send a private message. "We and everyone else depend on the FAA, the federal government, and the airlines to maintain a safe airline environment", Boyd stated.


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