Allegiant Fights Back Against 60 Minutes Segment

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Shares of the budget airline were down sharply in pre-market trading

The airline provides several nonstop flights from Blue Grass Airport, including many in Florida.

In a statement responding to questions from "60 Minutes", Capt. Eric Gust, vice president of operations for Allegiant Air, said the airline is proud of its "strong safety record", and emphasized the airline's low cancellation rate, which "demonstrates our operational integrity and commitment to safety and reliability".

Allegiant Air defends its safety record after 60 Minutes on CBS issued a scathing report.

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

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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. Allegiant has no fatal crashes since its 2001 founding, but it reported at least 60 unscheduled landings and 47 in-flight emergencies, over the past two years, according to "60 Minutes". "This one-sided presentation falls far short of the responsible journalistic standards expected from reputable outlets, including '60 Minutes, '" Gust said. "The City of Concord is not in a position to speak to the safety practices and operations of Allegiant or other carriers, other than all the airlines must meet FAA requirements".

Shares of the company continue to fall in the aftermath of the report on the low-priced carrier. He is said to be indulged in "lawsuit seeking money damage against the company".

Allegiant's workforce is made up of more than 4,000 dedicated and hard-working people who wake up every day thinking about how to move our customers safely from one place to another. "We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001". "In this role he oversees all system pilots and pilot training operations, regulatory compliance and flight standards, and the safety and security of all operations, team members and passengers". "A longtime FAA lawyer told 60 Minutes" that she has "never ever heard of an airline firing a pilot for an emergency evacuation".

The age of the planes in use by Allegiant Air is likely behind its high number of safety issues over the last few years. "We are confident that no other airline is under more scrutiny by the FAA than Allegiant". He said the airline is in the process of replacing its fleet with new Airbus jets, and in January had the second lowest number of flight cancellations among USA carriers. "All we can do is we can encourage Allegiant to do what's right", he said, adding he thinks it will overcome the controversy.

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