BREAKING Allegiant's high number of mechanical issues featured on 60 Minutes

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60 Minutes said it was able to obtain records from the FAA through Freedom of Information Act requests for a handful of airlines, but Allegiant tried to block the release of records about their incidents. ValuEngine lowered shares of Allegiant Air from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Monday, April 9th.

The troubles that Allegiant Air has dealt with include engine fires, smoke in cabins and loss of cabin pressure.

Allegiant also claims a terminated employee involved in a lawsuit instigated the 60 Minutes report.

Allegiant Air, one of the national airlines that flies out of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, was taken to task Sunday night on national TV.

It is unfortunate and disappointing that CBS 60 Minutes has chosen to air a false narrative about Allegiant and the FAA. 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.

The airline served about 1.4 percent of all airline passengers who traveled through Armstrong Airport in 2017. FAA officials told 60 Minutes the issues highlighted in the report had been addressed and fixed. (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.

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Steve Perring of Clinton, Illinois, and his family take Allegiant from Springfield to Punta Gorda, Florida, several times each year.

Sunday's "60 Minutes" report detailed more than 100 of what it described as serious mechanical incidents between the start of 2016 and October 2017.

For the lengthy piece, Allegiant provided a statement from Vice President of Operations, Eric Gust.

Capt. John Cox, a nationally recognized aviation expert and former commercial pilot said "60 minutes" was being objective in their reporting.

"To suggest that Allegiant would engage in the practice of asking team members to violate company and regulatory obligations is offensive and defamatory", Gust said. Our 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. 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. PGD works cooperatively with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure the safety and security of our terminal and airfield.

A flight on June 17, 2015, from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh, where a plane turned back because of a problem with its air conditioner. The FAA later overruled Allegiant's objections and produced the documents. However, thanks in large part to the efforts of the airline's mechanics, pilots and dispatchers, Allegiant has become a leader in operational reliability, with the second fewest mechanical cancellations in the industry.

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