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AvTalk Episode 206: The DOJ suit we’ve all been expecting

On this episode of AvTalk, our resident numbers expert Gavin Werbeloff sits in for Jason, who is in Japan this week. We take a close look at the US Department of Justice’s anti-trust suit to block the JetBlue takeover of Spirit Airlines. We walk through the new Flightradar24 beta and discuss the rare instance of a passenger death possibly due to severe turbulence.

The DOJ finally files suit

In a move expected by, well, everyone, the US DOJ has filed suit to stop the takeover of Spirit Airlines by JetBlue Airways. Gavin Werbeloff joins the show this week to walk us through the complaint.

Flightradar24 beta

We walk through some of the updates on the Flightradar24 website and how you can test out the new site. Visit the new beta site to see the updates today.

Also this week

The NTSB releases its preliminary report on the runway incursion in Austin last month. Lufthansa Group places another big widebody order. Japan Airlines is nearing a deal with Boeing for 737 MAX aircraft. A passenger onboard a Challenger 300 business jet was killed when the jet encountered severe turbulence or possibly a trim issue. Colombia’s transport ministry is taking over Viva Air. Boeing is facing more quality issues, this time on the 767. Another week, another runway incursion for the NTSB to investigate. And Cargojet is selling some aircraft and deferring some cargo conversions as the global air cargo market weakens.

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