CBS said that FAA records it received by filing a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that Allegiant flights were 3-1/2 times more likely to suffer an inflight breakdown than flights operated by USA airlines American, United, Delta, JetBlue or Spirit.
Allegiant now offers flights from South Bend to cities in Florida, Nevada and Arizona.
However, dozens of unscheduled landings and reports of rapid descent, hydrologic leaks and mid-air breakdowns leave some in the industry concerned. He notified the airline and the FAA in 2013 after a pilot waited until the cabin doors were locked to have the plane fueled for takeoff. "Yet for the most part, Allegiant's difficulties have managed to stay under the radar of the flying public".
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., the top Democrat on the Senate panel that oversees the airlines, is calling for an investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration's handling of safety-related incidents involving Allegiant Air.
The answer is of utmost importance to the thousands of travelers who use the airline each year, which serves more than 100 destinations, including Santa Maria.
An airline popular with British Columbians travelling to the U.S.is under fire after a scathing report by CBS News' 60 Minutes.
Captain Steven Allen says he's been a pilot for 20 years and has worked with Allegiant for four years.
The report also alleges that Allegiant has a culture of putting profits ahead of the safety.
Allegiant's Vice President of Operations, Eric Gust, called the "60 Minutes" report "grossly misleading" in a statement he released Sunday night. There have been fewer incidents, which Weinkrantz attributes to Allegiant replacing much its aging and less reliable MD-80 fleet with new Airbus jets. United Airlines was excoriated last year after officers bloodied and dragged a 69-year-old man off a plane to make room for a crew member, yet the incident seemed to have no effect on ticket sales.
"Had I known that that was an issue that Allegiant had, it's certainly something I would have taken into consideration before booking a flight", says passenger Molly Walnum who arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway on her very first Allegiant flight. An internal memo to employees, confirmed by Allegiant, said that the company is "prepared to fight back against '60 Minutes.'" Allegiant is also responding to Twitter posts by asking for private messages to "share our concerns about the story". The agency said it did a comprehensive review of Allegiant in 2016, finding no systemic safety or regulatory problems. CBS stands by its reporting and said the 2015 incident is "just one of the incidents detailed in the report".
This approach has allowed Allegiant to thrive at secondary airports such as Stewart where there isn't a natural or substantial business-travel market. Notably, none of the concerns allegedly expressed by Allegiant team members during the 60 Minutes episode were found to have been reported through any of these appropriate channels.