Almost 173,000 passengers in New Orleans boarded or arrived on Allegiant flights in 2017, according to statistics tracked by Louis Armstrong International Airport. Kroft alleges in the segment that the issues stem from a series of things from a fleet of old planes to a lack of mechanics and a culture of putting the bottom line above safety.
"Mainly the prices", said one woman.
A spokesperson for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport said, Allegiant is undergoing a plan to replace McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft with Airbus 319 and 320 models.
There's also been a sharp - some might say less-than-coincidental - decline in problems being reported by Allegiant pilots since the union got its new contract.
Shares of Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT) declined 9%, ahead of 60 Minutes piece on the company's alleged high record of in-flight breakdowns.
Older planes can be operated very safely, but they tend to burn more fuel and require more maintenance. Are you concerned by the 60 Minutes report?
Allegiant Air (NASDAQ:ALGT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st.
U.S. Representative Charlie Crist, a Florida Democrat, wrote separately to the Transportation Department, demanding the agency "take action to improve passenger safety", as well as to hold Allegiant accountable for past safety failures. Between Jan. 2016 and October 2017, there were 60 unscheduled landings and 46 in-flight emergencies including an explosive engine incident last July.
The SDR database, however, is largely self-reported and loosely enforced by the FAA, something that Allegiant pointed out to the Washington Post when it ran a story that relied on rates derived from that data.
FAA associate administrator of safety Ali Bahrami defended the agency's performance by pointing to the lack of a fatal crash involving a US airline since 2009, and said FAA regulation "has been very successful" in pushing airlines "to the highest level of safety". The review didn't find "any systemic safety or regulatory problems", although it did identify "a number of less serious issues, which Allegiant addressed".
Seven months of investigation went into the report that aired Sunday night. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., called for an investigation into the FAA's handling of safety-related incidents involving Allegiant Air.
"Our goal, our priority is the safety and security of the traveling public and we're doing our part to ensure we do that on our end", Kreig said.
The low-priced airline's safety record is improving. "Anything less could lead to disastrous consequences".
However it also noted that if the CEO of Allegiant, Maurice Gallagher seems familiar, it's because he was "one of the founders of Valujet, another low-priced carrier with the same business model as Allegiant". American International Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Allegiant Air by 4.9% in the third quarter.
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