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AvTalk Episode 162: Project Sunrise gets the green light

On this episode of AvTalk, Qantas orders its Project Sunrise fleet from Airbus, Spirit Airlines says no to JetBlue, and Airbus releases its first quarter results.

Project Sunrise

Qantas ordered 12 A350-1000s for Project Sunrise this week, but they’re no ordinary A350s. We detail how these aircraft will stand out from the rest of the fleet and we dig in to the other aircraft orders the airline placed this week.

Spirit rebuffs JetBlue offer

Spirit Airlines has turned down an offer from JetBlue to purchase the airline. Spirit will continue to pursue its merger agreement with Frontier Airlines. We discuss why Spirit is sticking with Frontier in the face of a seemingly much better offer from JetBlue and what may happen next.

Tailwind wants to land where?

Buried a route announcement to another destination, sea plane operator Tailwind said it intends to fly between New York and Washington DC. This was intriguing given the highly regulated airspace involved.

They found Tracy

23 years later, former Yugoslavian refugee Ayda Zugay has finally found the woman who gave her and her sister a welcome note and a $100 bill in an envelope on a flight from Amsterdam to Minneapolis.

Deadly delay for millions of bees

A shipment of millions of honey bees from California to Alaska was supposed to go through Seattle, but was instead rerouted through Atlanta. Compounding the problem, they were left in conditions that led to millions of the bees dying.

Airbus Q1 2022 results

Airbus released its first quarter results this week. The big news is the slip to early 2024 for the A321XLR and then upcoming production rate increases for the A320 family.

Winglet be gone

An American Eagle (Envoy Air) flight hit severe turbulence en route from Charleston to Dallas—severe enough that one of the E175’s winglets fell off. The flight diverted safely to Birmingham, Alabama.

NTSB issues final report on Air Baltic C Series engine failure

The NTSB issued its final report on the uncontained engine failure suffered by AirBaltic C Series YL-AAU back in early 2020.

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