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CBS’ “60 Minutes” TV show spotlights Allegiant Air

CBS’ TV show 60 Minutes last light investigated Allegiant Air.

Steve Kroft talks with 60 Minutes Overtime about safety concerns aboard Allegiant Air—and his own close call decades ago on a press charter.

Video:

Watch the full report on “60 Minutes”: CLICK HERE

Allegiant Air’s official response:

Captain Eric Gust, Vice President of Operations

“It is unfortunate and disappointing that CBS 60 Minutes has chosen to air a false narrative about Allegiant and the FAA. This unoriginal and outdated story bears no resemblance to Allegiant’s operations today, and shows a fundamental misunderstanding of FAA compliance practice and history. It focused primarily on events of several years past, prior to the FAA’s most recent comprehensive audit of Allegiant Air, which revealed no systemic or regulatory deficiencies.

“It has come to our attention that the story was instigated by a terminated employee, currently engaged in a lawsuit seeking monetary damages from the company. The story features cherry-picked interviews with people involved in the lawsuit, including featured comments from John Goglia, a paid plaintiff’s witness presented by CBS as an unbiased industry expert. This one-sided presentation falls far short of responsible journalistic standards expected from reputable outlets, including 60 Minutes.

“The FAA is recognized around the world as the gold standard with regard to transportation safety, and as a result the airline industry in the U.S. has never been safer.

“The FAA exercises rigorous oversight of Allegiant, as they do all airlines operating in the United States. Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programs to ensure we operate to the highest standards. Additionally, we expect our team members to follow all company policies and practice strict adherence to FAA regulations and guidelines. Several anonymous, non-disciplinary reporting systems are available through Allegiant as well as through the FAA for team members to report safety concerns. Interestingly, 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.

“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. Our team members safely operate thousands of flights each week, which will transport more than 14 million passengers this year. We have safely carried nearly 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001.

“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.

“Not only do we expect our team members to adhere to all company procedures and policies, but many positions are subject to statutory and regulatory obligations, the violation of which would not only trigger punitive action from the company, but could also result in enforcement action from regulatory agencies, loss of a certification, and even criminal charges. To suggest that Allegiant would engage in the practice of asking team members to violate company and regulatory obligations is offensive and defamatory.”

Follow-up from CBS: Allegiant Air goes on the defensive after “60 Minutes” report: CLICK HERE

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Allegiant Air to end service to Trenton, NJ

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N216NV (msn 1318) (Travel is our deal) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104448.

Allegiant Air will drop the Punta Gorda – Trenton twice-weekly route on April 29, 2018.

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Allegiant announces 5 new nonstop routes

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N332NV (msn 2638) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940552.

Allegiant Air has announced five new nonstop routes.

The five new nonstop routes include:

New nonstop, seasonal service to Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) from:

  1. Louisville, Kentucky via Louisville International Airport (SDF) beginning June 8, 2018
  2. Norfolk, Virginia via Norfolk International Airport (ORF) beginning June 14, 2018

New nonstop, seasonal service to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) from:

  1. Kansas City, Missouri via Kansas City International Airport (MCI) beginning June 8, 2018

New nonstop, year-round service to Nashville International Airport (BNA) from:

  1. Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida via St. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport (PIE) beginning June 14, 2018

New nonstop, seasonal service to Nashville International Airport (BNA) from:

  1. Syracuse, New York via Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) beginning June 14, 2018

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N332NV (msn 2638) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940552.

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Allegiant celebrates flying 1,000 Wish Kids through partnership with Make-A-Wish®

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) IND (Ken Petersen). Image: 930270.

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) this week celebrated its 1,000th wish flight as a Make-A-Wish travel partner, bringing four year-old Nicolas Dones IV (known by his nickname, “Cuatro”) from McAllen, Texas to Las Vegas on March 21 for Monster Jam World Finals XIX. This wish kid, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, was celebrated with surprises on both ends of his flight, as well as in the air.

Above Photo: Allegiant Air. Wish kid Cuatro and Captain Joshua Rockwood in the flight deck of the Airbus A319.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant became a charitable partner with Make-A-Wish in 2012. Since then, the company has donated nearly two million dollars in complementary airfare to send wish kids and their families on wish trips. To commemorate the 1,000th wish milestone, Allegiant surprised passengers on board Cuatro’s flight by announcing that all proceeds from ticket sales would be donated to Make-A-Wish – to pay it forward and provide funds toward the next wish.

Cuatro’s wish journey began at McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE) with a special send-off celebration, including a monster truck-themed cake, as well as treats donated by Chick-Fil-A – his favorite restaurant. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, Cuatro rode from the gate through the airport in style – on a battery-powered, ride-on replica of his favorite monster truck, Grave Digger. Dozens of Allegiant employees greeted Cuatro and his family at baggage claim with full fanfare – a warm welcome from Las Vegas’ hometown airline.

In addition to providing support for Make-A-Wish by donating travel, Allegiant also gets passengers involved through the sale of “Wingz Kid Snack Packs” on board each flight – one dollar from each snack pack sold goes directly to Make-A-Wish. In addition, Allegiant in 2017 donated office space to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, making the company’s Las Vegas headquarters the new home of the nonprofit organization’s local chapter at a rent of $1 per year.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) IND (Ken Petersen). Image: 930270.

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Allegiant is coming to Nashville

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104577.

Allegiant Air is coming to Nashville. Nashville will become the 120th Allegiant destination.

Service is due to start on June 7 with year-round flights to Punta Gorda, Florida and seasonal flights to Destin, Myrtle Beach, Richmond and Savannah.

The airline is expected to make an announcement today on other routes.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104577.

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Allegiant Air mechanics and related classifications join the Teamsters

IAM issued this statement:

On March 6, mechanics and related classifications at Allegiant Air voted overwhelmingly for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to become their collective bargaining representatives in an election with the National Mediation Board (NMB). The final vote count comes after a petition for representation was filed on December 13, 2017.

Allegiant Air employs about 400 mechanics and related technicians, primarily in Las Vegas and in Sanford, Fla., but also in 10 other stations throughout the country. The Teamsters already represent pilots and flight dispatchers employed by Allegiant Air.

 

Allegiant Air to expand at Destin/Fort Walton Beach

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104577.

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced it will convert its Destin/Fort Walton Beach destination into a year-round base with two new based aircraft. Destin/Fort Walton Beach in the Florida Panhandle will become the airline’s 14th year-round base.

The carrier is starting five new seasonal, twice-weekly routes from the new base in June to:

Bentonville, AR (Northwest Arkansas) (June 6)

Concord, NC (June 7)

Evansville, IN (June 8)

Lexington, KY (June 7)

Raleigh/Durham, NC (June 8)

Total service from Destin/Fort Walton Beach:

Allegiant made this announcement:

Allegiant announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). As part of Allegiant’s growth in Florida, the company anticipates adding more than 65 new, high-wage jobs during 2018. Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will become the airline’s 14th year-round aircraft base.

The Las Vegas-based company is investing more than $49 million to establish a year-round base of operations, which will house two Airbus aircraft. Allegiant set the stage for this expansion by utilizing Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport as a seasonal base during the summer of 2017. Today Allegiant also announced new service to five cities – routes made possible only by establishing the Destin base.

Allegiant’s service in Destin-Fort Walton Beach began with six routes in 2016, and expanded to 16 cities in 2017. With a unique focus on leisure travelers, Allegiant flies all nonstop service built around an “out-and-back” model whereby aircraft and crews return to base after a day of flying.

As part of today’s celebration, Allegiant announced new, seasonal service to five cities, bring the total number of cities with service to the Emerald Coast to 21.

New seasonal service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) includes:

  1. Bentonville, Arkansas via Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) – begins June 6, 2018 with fares as low as $68.*  
  2. Concord, North Carolina via Concord Regional Airport (USA) – begins June 7, 2018 with fares as low as $46.*  
  3. Lexington, Kentucky via Blue Grass Airport (LEX) – begins June 7, 2018 with fares as low as $62.*
  4. Evansville, Indiana via Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) – begins June 8, 2018 with fares as low as $61.*
  5. Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina via Raleigh-Durham International Airport(RDU)  begins June 8, 2018 with fares as low as $46.* 

“We are thrilled! Allegiant’s model fits like a glove at VPS and a year-round base will bring monumental widespread economic impacts to our region. We look forward to Allegiant’s continued success at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport,” said Tracy Stage, Okaloosa Countyairports director.

The new routes will operate twice weekly and expand on the service Allegiant currently operates to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS), bringing the total number of Allegiant routes to VPS to 21.

*About the introductory one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Flights between EVV and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 27, 2018. Flights between LEX and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 19, 2018. Flights between RDU and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 27, 2018. Flights between USA and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 26, 2018. Flights between XNA and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 11, 2018. Additional restrictions may apply

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