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Pilots at Allegiant Air Question Safety Standards

April 20, 2015View for printing

For the last decade, Allegiant Air https://www.allegiantair.com/ has built a thriving business buying secondhand jets and connecting small cities to leisure destinations like Las Vegas and Honolulu.

By keeping costs low, offering cheap fares, and flying from places that other carriers have neglected, like Fort Wayne, Ind., or Allentown, Pa., Allegiant has grown rapidly. Today, the airline has one of the highest profit margins in the business and among the lowest costs.

But Allegiant's scrappy success is now being questioned by its pilots, who say they are worried about repeated mechanical problems with the airline's fleet of older planes, poor maintenance operations and a culture where profits come before safety.

By JAD MOUAWAD

Full Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/bu ... ndards.html
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