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AvTalk Episode 150: Spirit, the final Frontier

On this episode of AvTalk, Edward Russell from Airline Weekly joins us to discuss the merger of Frontier and Spirit Airlines. Mesa Airlines adds another electric aircraft to its stable of investments. And Gabriel Leigh gives us the scoop on Finnair’s new cabin, including its audacious new business class seat.

Frontier and Spirit to merge

Frontier and Spirit Airlines will merge to create an über-Ultra-low-cost carrier. Airline Weekly/Skift journalist Edward Russell joins us to discuss the dynamics of the proposed merger and what we can expect the new airline to look like.

Airbus cancels another Qatar order

Airbus also canceled Qatar Airways order for two A350-1000s in January.

Mesa Airlines throws another investment at the wall

Mesa Airlines has invested in electric air boat maker Regent. This continues Mesa’s forward looking—or foolhardy—investments and orders for electric aircraft due for delivery near the end of the decade.

From the AvTalk Department of Regulatory Affairs

The US Department of Justice is opposing a legal challenge by families of the victims of the two 737 MAX crashes to the deferred prosecution agreement the department reached with Boeing. The FAA has proposed new guidelines for the employees of aircraft manufacturers charged with certifying aircraft. The FAA is hosting cellular network engineers on flights designed to determine the effects on aircraft in real world settings. And Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian wrote to the Attorney General this week requesting the creation of a national no fly list for unruly passengers.

Finnair unveils its new cabin

Gabriel Leigh stops by to explain Finnair’s new long-haul cabin unveiled this week, including its business class seat that doesn’t recline. Check out our blog post with photos from inside the new cabin.

New Search features on Flightradar24.com

We’ve updated the Search functions on Flightradar24.com and added some new features as well.

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