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Allegiant Travel shares tumble after '60 Minutes' questions airline's safety practices

Allegiant Travel shares tumble after '60 Minutes' questions airline's safety practices Allegiant Travel shares tumble after '60 Minutes' questions airline's safety practices
Nellie Chapman | 17 April, 2018, 04:44

He said the message to other Allegiant pilots was "that you better not "waste" company resources in a conflict with safety", which he said seemed to indicate that the airline was putting economics over safety.

While Allegiant has never experienced a fatal accident, Goglia compared the carrier to other airlines that have gone out of business due to safety issues.

An engine caught on fire mid-flight during one incident, while in another, hazardous hydraulic fluid dubbed Skydrol 4 filled a cabin still full of passengers.

It has come to our attention that the story was instigated by a terminated employee, now engaged in a lawsuit seeking monetary damages from the company.

During the investigation, Kroft spoke to several passengers who had travelled onboard Allegiant Air flights.

Allegiant's vice president of operations, Capt. Eric Gust, issued a statement after the program that said the story was outdated and shows a "troubling misunderstanding" of the Federal Aviation Administration's safety oversight of airlines.

Allegiant has had no fatalities in the past decade, according to the airline review site AirlineRatings.com, though the airline earned only five out of seven stars on the site because it is not a member of the Operational Safety Audit Registry.

Allegiant Travel Company, a leisure travel company, focuses on the provision of travel services and products to residents of under-served cities in the United States. "Yet for the most part, allegiant's difficulties have managed to stay under the radar of the flying public", CBS News' "60 Minutes" reported Sunday. (See Defendants' Revised Motion for Summary Judgment, Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, NV, Case No. A-15-727524-C.) Surprisingly, the 60 Minutes presentation of Mr. Kinzer's case omits this publicly-available side of the story.

In total, Allegiant has shed $293 million in market value, or about $2.4 billion, as a result of the 60 Minutes segment, which aired Sunday.

"In July 2016, the Allegiant pilots ratified their first union contract with the company". For example, the show's star interviewee, John Goglia, is not an un-biased commentator; he is a paid expert working for a former Allegiant pilot who has sued Allegiant. 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.

The company put out the following statement from vice president of operations Eric Gust. That expansion, airport officials say, is to handle the more than 2.6 million passengers, a almost three-fold increase from 901,862 passengers in 2012, at the fast-growing air facility.

"We are pleased to report that all the Allegiant planes based here at the Punta Gorda Airport are newer Airbus A320s - which the community and passengers have welcomed because they are more reliable and quieter than the MD80 planes". The FAA later overruled Allegiant's objections and produced the documents. It also pointed to a Department of Transportation report claiming it had the second-lowest cancellation rate of any airline.