Allegiant's 757 Woes: Coincidence or Red Flag?


This story regarding Allegiant Air's Boeing 757 aircraft raises a potential red flag, so the performance of its 757 fleet is going to bear watching. The key takeaway from this story, which ran about a week ago regarding canceled and delayed flights out of Hawaii, is this one:

Allegiant spokesman Brian Davis said the delays were due to unrelated mechanical issues involving three Boeing 757s.

Keep in mind that Allegiant operates only six Boeing 757s, all of them 757-200s, so those three aircraft amount to half of its 757 fleet. An Allegiant spokeswoman told me last week that "initial evaluation is telling us these mechanical issues were not related to one another. These were extraordinary events and not indicative of normal or acceptable operations. Internally, we are evaluating the causes and working to do what we can to prevent this from happening again."

The 757 is a new fleet type for Allegiant, which previously operated only MD-80 aircraft. So we'll have to wait and see whether last weekend's problems really are an aberration, or instead are an indication of Allegiant problems adjusting to use of the new type.

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