You read that statistic correctly.
According to a new report by 60 Minutes, budget airline Allegiant Air has more midair incidents than all other airlines. To put a figure on it, roughly half of the airline’s flights have midair breakdowns. Incidents include aborted takeoffs, loss of cabin pressure, smoke in the cabin, unscheduled landings and even engine failure. And they’re roughly 3.5 times more likely to suffer them than other airlines.
Why? In a word, “age.” Allegiant’s fleet is old by industry standards and some planes in its fleet have been flying for 22 years. And those years of wear and tear mean that they’re more likely to break down.
However, following reports that the airline’s lack of in-flight reliability is starting to affect its bottom line, Allegiant has announced that it will be replacing “some” of its existing planes with new Airbus planes.