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Which Airline’s Planes Are 4X More Likely To Fail During Flight?

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This should make you feel better about all the times you opted not to take the low-cost carrier! A recent study by the Tampa Bay Times found Allegiant Air planes are four times more likely than other major US carriers to fail in-flight.

Two of the not so fun facts their investigation uncovered about Allegiant aircraft:

  • In 2015, nearly half of the airline’s 86 planes broke down inflight at least once.
  • Other carriers’ planes have an average age of 12 years old, Allegiant planes average 22 years.

The full study is pretty interesting, including Allegiant’s response when presented with the findings.

Do you think Allegiant’s crazy cheap fares are worth the risk?

 

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7 Comments

  1. DougG

    November 4, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I get that some folks don’t have alot of flexibility when it comes to prices and budgets can be very tight. But at the same time, when you are in a metal tube going 500 mph at 35,000 feet, do you really want to be putting your life in the hands of the cheapest vendor? Not me.

  2. James K.

    November 5, 2016 at 1:43 am

    An American Airlines plane just caught on fire. Is that “worth the risk?”

    Virtually every airline’s Wikipedia page has an “Incidents and Accidents” section. Allegiant doesn’t…because they haven’t had one. I’ve never flown them, but I have a flight booked for late November. I think I’ll be fine

    • Gil

      November 5, 2016 at 3:33 am

      Hope so

      • Ceddi-wop

        November 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm

        If that helps you sleep at night. You have a flight booked so you’re seeking peace of mind by being blind to the obvious…the planes are old and decrepit so that being said….”God Speed” on your flight

    • Ceddi-wop

      November 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      If that helps you sleep at night. You have a flight booked so you’re seeking peace of mind by being blind to the obvious…the planes are old and decrepit so that being said….”God Speed” on your flight

  3. Chris

    November 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve seen so many articles from Tampa Bay Times attacking this airline. For whatever reason, someone at that newspaper has it out for allegiant.

    What do they even mean by “broke down inflight?” Does that mean engine failures? Or could any issue be regarded as breaking down mid flight?

    The picture they have on their main page is a picture of a plane where the passengers evacuated themselves. I remember reading that article by another (more reputable) newspaper. The passengers smelled gas fumes, and decided to get on the wings themselves. The flight attendants tried to get them to stop the evacuation. What they smelled was the fuel truck fueling the neighboring plane. The fuel truck is even in the picture.

    I still can’t wrap my head around as to why Tampa Bay Times attacks Allegiant as much as they do. I live in the area, and this airline brings in so much tourism and money to our city. Why are they trying to scare people away?

  4. John

    November 5, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I lived a life more than i ever imagined. If i go down on a flight that is affordable compared to a flight that is double in price so be it.

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