Allegiant Fights Back Against 60 Minutes Segment

Lloyd Doyle
April 17, 2018

If 60 Minutes had been interested in current information, they would have reported that today, according to just-released Department of Transportation data, Allegiant is a leader in reliability, with the second-lowest cancelation rate among all US airlines.

The employee was not identified, but CBS reports it may be Captain Jason Kinzer, who was sacked in 2015 six weeks after he turned a plane around due to smoke in the cabin.

Along with Michael Karzis and Vanessa Fica, Kroft found that between January 1, 2016 and the end of last October, Allegiant air has experience more than 100 serious mechanical failures including aborted take offs, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions and mid air engine failures. Citing reports the airline filed with the FAA, "60 Minutes" uncovered an unusually high number of emergencies on the low-priced airline's flights - things like failed engines or aborted takeoffs.

Allegiant Airlines denies that it is less safe than other airlines, and says safety is its top priority (Read full statement below).

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.

Allegiant has one of the highest load rates of all the airlines flying from HIA, Miller said, largely because of its low fares and concentration on the leisure travel market.

For personal guess ROI is usually expressed as a percentage and is typically used for taking any financial decisions, for the objective of comparing a Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT)'s profitability or to compare the efficiency of different investments, hence, ALGT return on investment (ROI) is 8.90%. Not only do we expect our team members to adhere to all company procedures and policies-including safety procedures-but many positions are subject to statutory and regulatory obligations.


In the first quarter, Allegiant had 3,279,368 scheduled passengers, up from 2,845,480 in the first quarter of previous year, according to a press release issued April 5.

"CBS produced a one-sided narrative by cherry-picking interviews and ignoring publicly-available facts".

When asked whether he had any concerns about the safety of taking Allegiant, Cantwell said, "Absolutely no concerns".

Some of the analysts who follow the stock said they agreed with the airline that the report overstated the extent of the problems.

The CBS segment also hit out at the FAA's lack of enforcement actions against Allegiant's systemic safety issues.

The pilot involved in that incident is suing the airline for wrongful termination. "Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programs to ensure we operate to the highest standards".

Another one of the claims Allegiant made was that CBS was working with old information. We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER