A Washington Post analysis at the time found that Allegiant had about nine times as many "serious incidents" from January 2015 through March 2016 as Delta Air Lines, the second-largest United States carrier, despite Delta having flown about three times as many comparable planes in the period.
CBS News' "60 Minutes" reported Sunday night that between January 2016 and October 2017, the Las Vegas-based airline experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including aborted takeoffs, loss of cabin pressure, and emergency landings.
Several arguments have come up against Kinzer incident but it is noticeable that this incident was only one of them from the "60 minutes" report.
The report suggested that the problems are a result of the aging Boeing MD-80s that Allegiant plans to phase out by year's end, but which now comprise approximately 30% of its fleet. The five, who were interviewed on camera, detailed experiences ranging from disappointment to anger to trauma.
The FAA says it is committed to pursuing the highest level of safety and welcomes any outside review.
A local travel agent is disputing a report from 60 Minutes that claimed Allegiant Airlines has placed passengers on planes with safety or maintenance issues. "And I was wondering, oh no, tomorrow, I got to fly this airline, and it was like scary", said Melissa Termin of Mahaffey.
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According to Business Insider, today Allegiant Air sent customers a letter from its vice president of operations, Eric Gust (the same person who provided the bland statement above to 60 minutes) that said, "I want to tell you personally that I am outraged and astounded by the irresponsible, grossly misleading story aired by CBS 60 Minutes", Gust said in the letter". Most flights out of Mesa are operated with Airbus aircraft.
In Illinois, Allegiant is a low-fare carrier for regional airports such as the Quad-City International Airport and airports in Bloomington, Peoria and Springfield.
According to the report, most of the mechanical issues can be attributed to Allegiant's fleet of around 30 MD80s which are an average of 28 years old, ancient by modern aviation standards. This is following an 8.6 percent stock drop on Friday ahead of the "60 Minutes" segment, as news about the upcoming segment circulated.
"To suggest that Allegiant would engage in the practice of asking team members to violate company and regulatory obligations is offensive and defamatory", Gust said.
Davis added that he wouldn't put any client on a flight to Allegiant if he thought the airline was incompetent or unsafe.
"We had one just 12 months ago on United Airlines for $435,000 for operating air crafts that were considered not air worthy". None of those incidents led to enforcement action from the FAA. He explained since those incidents, Allegiant has made improvements.