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Teamsters: Pilots vote to authorize strike at Allegiant Air

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941920.

The International Brotherhood Of Teamsters issued this statement:

Pilots at Allegiant Air—one of the country’s most profitable airlines—voted with 93.5 percent support to authorize a strike should it become necessary.

The vote comes in response to Allegiant’s years-long refusal to live up to its commitments and fix a sham scheduling system that has negatively impacted the lives of many pilots and their families.

Voting took place over a one-week period from June 29 to July 6 and was conducted online via a third-party election management provider.

A strike could result in cancellations out of major hubs including Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale and impact thousands of passengers.

An airline that has made headlines for its bare minimum approach to business, Allegiant made the unilateral decision to force its pilots to use a homemade scheduling system that goes against industry standards and disregards pilots’ seniority and preferences—often upending pilots’ planned time away with their families. A growing number of Allegiant pilots have been leaving the company for other airlines that respect the basic needs and interests of pilots.

“We are people with spouses and children, not cells on a spreadsheet that Allegiant executives can move around with no rhyme or reason,” said Captain Andrew Robles, an Allegiant Air pilot and Executive Council Chairman at the pilots’ union, the Airline Pilots Association, Teamsters Local 1224. “Striking is a last resort, but we’ll do whatever it takes to hold Allegiant to its promises and to make our airline the best it can be for our pilots, our families and our passengers.”

Allegiant pilots have been raising concerns about the scheduling system for years. In 2016, the pilots and Allegiant reached an agreement requiring that they negotiate and implement a new system within 180 days. Allegiant has again stonewalled that negotiation process and recently backed out of its prior agreements with the pilots over terms for the new scheduling system.

Allegiant customers have felt the effects of the company’s bare minimum approach to business. In June, Allegiant canceled dozens of flights in and out of major airports across the country after Allegiant failed to deliver Airbus planes on time, affecting thousands of passengers’ travel plans.

“Allegiant has a long track record of breaking its commitments to its pilots and we’ve had enough. Allegiant executives are acting in complete and utter bad faith in failing to negotiate a fair, industry-standard scheduling system,” Captain Robles said.

Photo: Allegiant Air.

Allegiant Air is one of the most profitable commercial airlines in the U.S. with 60 consecutive profitable quarters. Its executives are among the highest compensated in the industry, with the company CEO – and largest shareholder – taking home tens of millions in shareholder returns in recent years. The company enjoyed a $74 million windfall as a result of the recent tax bill.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941920.

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Allegiant announces dispatchers fail to ratify tentative agreement with International Brotherhood Of Teamsters

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N337NV (msn 2170) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942450.

Allegiant Air has announced that its dispatchers represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) have failed to ratify a proposed collective bargaining agreement with the company.  The tentative agreement brought by IBT to its members was reached between the parties on May 22, 2018.

“Achieving a first contract with our team of dispatchers is an important step for the company,” said Maury Gallagher, Allegiant chairman and chief executive officer. “We stand ready to go back to the negotiating table, receive feedback on any outstanding issues, and look at our next steps together.”

“Our team of dispatchers is at the core of Allegiant’s operations – they keep our flights, crews and passengers moving safely and efficiently in real time,” said Michael Wuerger, Allegiant vice president, Operations Control Center. “We appreciate the dedication they bring to work each day and remain committed to supporting their efforts.”

The process of negotiating a first collective bargaining agreement for Allegiant dispatchers began in 2017. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was most recently certified as the group’s exclusive representative on October 26, 2016. Allegiant currently employs 34 flight dispatchers.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Allegiant Air): Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N337NV (msn 2170) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942450.

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Allegiant to establish a new base at Knoxville

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N312NV (msn 2289) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942449.

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) has announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Las Vegas-based company is investing more than $50 million to establish its new base of operations, which will house two Airbus aircraft. The company, which focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations, plans to begin its base operations at McGhee Tyson Airport in October 2018.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the country, seeing over 11.3 million visitors in 2017 is nearby. Neighboring towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Sevier County, nestled at the doorstep of the Smoky Mountains are also close-by.

Today, Allegiant serves 27 routes from five cities in the state of Tennessee, including flights from Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities. Of the routes, 22 are non-competitive, providing Tennesseans more nonstop options across the country.

Allegiant began operating at McGhee Tyson Airport in December 2006 and now offers eight nonstop routes to Las Vegas; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; Newark, New Jersey; and five cities in Florida: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Punta Gorda, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Sanford. Knoxville will become the airline’s 15th aircraft base, which will allow Allegiant to expand its service to and from Knoxville, offer more new nonstop routes in the future, increase the airport’s existing 21 nonstop flights.

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Allegiant taps Micah Richins to lead its new Sunseeker Resorts

Allegiant President John Redmond announced that Micah Richins has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer for Sunseeker Resorts. In this role, he will oversee all operational aspects of the company’s resorts division. Richins, who most recently served as chief commercial officer for MGM Resorts International, brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to this new role.

At MGM Resorts International (MGMRI), Richins operated some of the world’s largest and most successful integrated resorts, including MGM Grand, New York-New York and Luxor. In his most recent role as chief commercial officer, he and his team were responsible for developing and implementing the corporate strategy for pricing, segmentation and promotions for all of MGM Resorts Las Vegas properties. Richins previously served as the company’s senior vice president of revenue management for more than eight years.  His experience in hospitality also extends to entertainment, including opening Cirque du Soleil productions “Zumanity” and “Criss Angel: Believe,” and developing a corporate group that leveraged analytics and revenue management to revolutionize the way entertainment was scheduled, priced and promoted in Las Vegas.

Allegiant in 2017 announced plans for Sunseeker Resorts, including its inaugural development – a one-of-a-kind hotel/condo resort in Charlotte Harbor, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The project marks an important step in Allegiant’s evolution as a travel company, offering customers more opportunity for leisure experiences.

Allegiant welcomes its first-in-fleet American assembled Airbus A320

Allegiant Air this week welcomed its first U.S.-produced Airbus A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama (below).

The pictured Airbus A320-214 N256NV (msn 8220) was handed over on May 22, 2018 and immediately ferried to the Sanford, FL base.

Aerial Photos of the Assembly Line Mobile Airbus FAL at Brookley

A team of Allegiant employees and executives from the company’s headquarters in Las Vegas (below) joined Airbus’ leadership team at the production facility for a special ceremony to officially mark the delivery. The Airbus A320 is the 11th of 13 new A320 aircraft scheduled for purchase directly from Airbus, to be inducted into Allegiant’s fleet this year.

A team of Allegiant employees take delivery of the airline’s first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama on May 22, 2018 (PRNewsfoto/Allegiant)

Previously inducted aircraft have been assembled in Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany.

This delivery marks another step in Allegiant’s planned transition to a single fleet type by the end of 2018. Allegiant currently has a total of 99 Airbus aircraft either in service or committed for future delivery.

All photos by Allegiant Air or Airbus.

 

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